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Opposition MPs call for open justice committee, Wilson Raybould to reappear

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Conservative MP Lisa Raitt would welcome town hall meetings and have Wilson-Raybould reply to witnesses in the SNC Lavalin affair

OTTAWA – Opposition MPs want the Liberal dominated justice committee to recall former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Conservative MP Lisa Raitt and New Democrat Murray Rankin say Canadians need to hear more about the SNC-Lavalin controversy.

They’re expected to ask the committee’s in-camera meeting today be open to the public.

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Liberals on the House of Commons committee have written to their Liberal chair to say the committee has done its job and should move on to other business.

Raitt says the committee should hold town hall meetings and hear from Canadians about the affair.

She also says Wilson-Raybould has a right to reply to other witnesses including Gerald Butts, the former top adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Wilson-Raybould has testified for nearly four hours but has indicated she has more to say, particularly about the period between her move to Veterans Affairs and her resignation a month later.

The SNC-Lavalin affair claimed its fourth resignation Monday as Michael Wernick announced he will step down as the country’s top public servant, having concluded he’s lost the trust of opposition parties.


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