Jody Wilson-Raybould Confirms She was Contacted by RCMP Over SNC-Lavalin Corruption Scandal
Former attorney-general and minister of justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould, confirmed Friday she was contacted by the RCMP over the SNC-Lavalin scandal last spring.
"Yesterday I was asked by media if the RCMP had contacted me in response to the Ethics Commissioner’s Report and specifically since the RCMP’s public statement yesterday. The answer is no." she said in a statement.
"However, and after clarifying with the RCMP, I can confirm that I was contacted by them this past spring regarding matters that first came to the public’s attention on February 7, 2019 in a Globe and Mail article. I will make no further statement regarding the content of my discussions and communications with the RCMP.”
The news is just the latest in a whirlwind week for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, after Canada's ethics commissioner found he violated the Conflict of Interest Act in connection to the scandal.
The report took aim at Trudeau and his office for the pressure put on Wilson-Raybould in her former post, to halt a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin in connection to corruption charges.
Trudeau said this week he accepts the report, but has refused to apologize, saying it was in the best interest of protecting Canadian jobs.
"I'm not going to apologize for standing up for Canadians' jobs because that's my job," he said, adding while he disagrees with parts of the report, he accepts it and takes responsibility, while ensuring what occurred won't happen again.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has called for Trudeau's resignation, as well as an RCMP investigation.