Five lingering questions about the SNC-Lavalin scandal

The SNC-Lavalin headquarters is seen in Montreal

The SNC-Lavalin headquarters is seen in Montreal

"Justin Trudeau is transforming the justice committee into the Justin committee".

SNC-Lavalin is accused of bribing Libyan officials to win a $58-million contract to restore a water pipeline.

The Anti-Bribery Convention, which Canada signed onto in 1999, establishes global standards to criminalize the bribery of foreign officials and the OECD says it is closely monitoring the outcome of the investigations into the SNC-Lavalin affair.

The working group monitors the implementation and enforcement of the convention.

The statement says Canada's commitment under the convention is to "prosecutorial independence in foreign bribery cases", and that political factors such as national economic interests and the identities of the company or individuals involved should have no influence on the prosecution.

"We acknowledge the concerns raised today by the OECD working group on bribery", he said in a written statement. "We will continue to work with and update the working group on the robust and independent domestic processes now underway in Canada, which the working group has recognized and encouraged". Wilson-Raybould, then the attorney general, decided not to use her authority to overrule that decision.

Poilievre said it wasn't fair that Butts got to speak about things that happened between the time Wilson-Raybould was shuffled to Veterans Affairs in January and the day she quit cabinet a month later, while the former minister herself felt bound by cabinet secrecy obligations.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already said the existing waiver allowed Wilson-Raybould "to address this matter expansively and in detail", which he said is what she did two weeks ago.

"What they've said is they're going to go in a secret meeting next Tuesday where they can shut it down and distract from the scandal with the budget".

Treasury Board president Jane Philpott resigned from cabinet last week, citing a lack of confidence in how Trudeau had handled the matter.

He even suggested they might consider inviting the former justice minister to appear as a witness before other committees.

Liberal MPs have used their majority on the House of Commons justice committee to shut down an opposition attempt to call Jody Wilson-Raybould to testify again on the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Committee chair and Liberal MP Anthony Housefather said he called the meeting to be in public, but any member of the committee can request the discussions take place in private.

Conservative MP Michael Cooper said it is essential for the discussion to be out in the open because not allowing Wilson-Raybould to speak again is obstructing the committee's ability to fully study the matter.

Trudeau also needs to extend the confidentiality waiver he issued to allow Wilson-Raybould to talk about matters that normally would be protected by cabinet confidences or solicitor-client privilege, Ramsey added. "There's more questions now than ever". "Today, (Liberals) signalled to Canadians that they aren't interested in the truth".

The committee will reconvene on March 19 for their meeting where they will not only decide whether Wilson-Raybould will be invited back before the committee, but will also determine other witnesses they may wish to speak.

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