Materials submitted to the Commons Justice Committee this week indicate Jody Wilson-Raybould recorded at least one of the contentious conversations at the heart of the SNC-Lavalin affair, multiple sources tell CBC News.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Wilson-Raybould’s exit from cabinet was a result of a “erosion of trust” between Wilson-Raybould and the Prime Minister’s Office. The existence of a recording suggests that trust may have broken down well before she left cabinet on Feb. 12.
The audio recording, or a transcript of it, is expected to be part of a new submission to the committee from Wilson-Raybould to be released later today. That submission also includes a written statement, emails and text messages.
Update and bumped: The recording is out.
This @Puglaas recorded conversation with Wernick is explosive and clear that JWR clearly saw this as “political interference” and felt pressured. This is massive. How can the Justice Committee now not examine this? #cdnpoli
— Evan Solomon (@EvanLSolomon) March 29, 2019
The tape is devastating to the #PMO's argument that they were only trying to give "advice" to #Puglaas. She is, politely, repeatedly reading the riot act to Wernick on the tape, over and over again, and suggesting Trudeau is not being properly briefed by his staff on the law.
— Lorrie Goldstein (@sunlorrie) March 29, 2019
how cool a cucumber is @Puglaas ?…. knowing all this time she had that absolute death ray in her back pocket, but not using it … and just letting her critics make bigger and bigger fools of themselves with this garbage about abortion & the charter. wow https://t.co/uDEXZIKp2p
— Jonathan Kay (@jonkay) March 29, 2019