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Let Jody Wilson-Raybould tell her own story

5 11 22

The key people involved in the increasingly tangled SNC-Lavalin affair are by all accounts just dying to let us in on what really happened.

Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former justice minister, clearly wants to speak out. She’s got a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, no less, figuring out just how to do that.

And Gerald Butts, Justin Trudeau’s closest adviser until Monday afternoon, apparently is also eager to give his side of the story. That’s reportedly a key part of why he suddenly quit as principal secretary to the prime minister.

To which we say: bring it on, and as quickly as possible.

Every day the principal figures in this affair remain silent is another day that questions will pile up about what really went on, and another day for the government’s credibility to be undermined.

If the government ever hoped it would all just blow over, that possibility evaporated when Butts gave up his position. A government can’t lose a justice minister and the prime minister’s chief adviser in the space of a week and expect the public to walk on by.

Two things must happen quickly in order to start clearing the air.

First, the government must find a way to waive the solicitor-client privilege that prevents Wilson-Raybould from speaking out about........

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