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Wilson-Raybould holds ‘fate’ of government in her hands, unprecedented leverage over Trudeau, say political watchers

By Beatrice Paez, Neil Moss and Abbas Rana      

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to offer an ‘alternative narrative’ on the SNC-Lavalin affair, backed up by fact and details, to take back control of the narrative, and if former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould leaves unanswered questions, it will look like a cover-up, say political watchers.

Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is expected to appear before the House Justice Committee this week. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould appears to be holding the “fate” of the government in her hands, which gives her leverage over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, says a former top government official, while others say the primes minister needs to offer an “alternative narrative,” backed up by clear facts and details; otherwise, Canadians will draw their own conclusions which won’t be helpful for the Liberals.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times. He reports on the Parliamentary caucuses, nomination contests, political leadership campaigns, Elections Act laws, and the Senate. Abbas loves to chat with sources on-the-record or on not-for- attribution basis especially when they have verifiable story tips that could be followed as news stories. Brown envelopes are also always a lot of interest to him. Born and raised in Pakistan, Abbas speaks Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi. When not chasing politicians down on the Hill, he likes to watch cricket and movies.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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