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Wilson-Raybould's version behind scandal is indisputable and nuclear

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Was she or wasn’t she (inappropriately pressured?) That is the central question behind the SNC-Lavalin controversy. All other questions are peripheral.

The answer now is an unequivocal, indisputable ‘yes.’ This is no longer a question of she said/he said, or of women and men “experiencing things differently” — the so-called Gropegate defence.

Now Canadians have the proof. Canada’s former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, was pressured and threatened by federal Liberal government officials and politicians to help the Quebec engineering giant avoid a criminal trial by pursuing a deferred prosecution agreement.

On Friday, the House of Commons justice committee released Wilson-Raybould’s 43-page document, that includes texts, emails and the context around that evidence as well as a transcript of a 17-minute telephone conversation she recorded between herself and Michael Wernick, the clerk of the Privy Council who recently resigned from his post as the country’s top bureaucrat in the wake of this scandal that his gripped the country since Feb. 7.

Murray Rankin, the federal NDP’s justice critic, asked Wilson-Raybould during her Feb. 27 testimony before the justice committee if she could provide a copy of all of the text messages and emails she referred to during her testimony. After consulting her counsel, she has now done so.

Wilson-Raybould says she recorded her Dec. 19, 2018, telephone call with Wernick because she was in Vancouver and did not have........

© Calgary Herald