There are three sides to every story…

Posted on: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Posted at: 12:00 PM

There are three sides to every story.

Regarding Jody Wilson-Raybould’s experience as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, there is her side, the sides of everyone named in her opening statement… and, then, there is the truth.

And, maybe no one is lying… after all, memories shared serve each differently.

For me, it is not that Gerald Butts’ testimony was more compelling and/or more believable than Jody Wilson-Raybould’s… at best, that’s He Said, She Said BS… at worst, it’s fury and fodder.

I am more concerned with what the Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada said…

At the end of October, the Privy Council Office (PCO) asked her department for advice on the potential impact on SNC-Lavalin if a deferred prosecution agreement — which would have allowed the company to avoid a criminal trial on bribery charges — was not pursued. That advice was “not provided to PCO at the request of the minister’s office,” Nathalie Drouin said.

“I was instructed not to send it,” Nathalie Drouin said. “My minister was not comfortable with us sharing it to PCO.”

At the Justice committee, Jody Wilson-Raybould said that despite the pressure she felt, she did not believe what transpired was illegal.

So, how does the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada—who, during her opening statement to the Justice committee, asserted she “made contemporaneous and detailed notes”—explain the Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada’s testimony?

That she left out this little tidbit says a lot about her quest to speak her truth

REMEMBER: Jody Wilson-Raybould was, in her capacity as Minister of Justice, the chief federal legal adviser. That means, she was expected to advise the Prime Minister and his Cabinet on legal matters, including the potential impact of a criminal trial.

That report was specifically requested by the Privy Council Office to inform Parliament about any and all potential impact—and if she did order it to remain unsent, it will now be her undoing.

2019-03-07  »  somecanuckchick