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.