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‘Guardian’ of cabinet secrets speaks up

By Beatrice Paez       

Veteran Quebec Liberal staffer, Nathalie Roberge, recently joined Attorney General David Lametti's team as director of issues management.

Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick testified before the House Justice Committee on Thursday. Though he was there to speak about discussions between the government and the former attorney general over the SNC-Lavalin affair, he opened his remarks by condemning the incendiary rhetoric that has seeped into Canada's political discourse. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Top bureaucrat offers blunt testimony. Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick raised some eyebrows with his comments before the House Justice Committee Thursday. He opened his remarks by condemning the incendiary rhetoric that has seeped into Canada’s political discourse, warning that “someone is going to be shot” in the upcoming election. Some also questioned whether he had waded into partisan territory in offering a forceful account of the discussions between the government and former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould. By his account, there was no improper pressure, only “lawful advocacy,” as her colleagues were “anxious about the future of [SNC-Lavalin] the company.” He also peeled back the curtain on cabinet dynamics, saying there was a “policy standoff” among some ministers over the Indigenous rights framework.

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