Area MPs weigh in on Wilson-Raybould affair

Feb. 27, 2018, will be a date that will be remembered by Canadians for generations. It will go down in history as one of those "where were you when days."

It was a sad day for Canada.

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Regardless of partisan politics, one must always respect the office of the prime minister.

On this day, Canadians from all corners of our nation were shocked to hear the explosive testimony of former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould on the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Her story was one of inappropriate, and potentially illegal, pressure brought on her by the highest officials of Justin Trudeau's government and Trudeau himself - all to let a Liberal-connected corporation off the hook on corruption charges.

Ms. Wilson-Raybould's testimony tells the story of a prime minister who allowed his partisan political motivations to overrule his duty to uphold the law, a prime minister who has allowed a systemic culture of corruption to take root in his office.

Andrew Scheer and Canada's Conservatives are calling on the RCMP to immediately open an investigation into the numerous examples of obstruction of justice that were detailed in the testimony.

Canada should be a country where we are all equal under the law, where nobody - regardless of wealth, status, or political connections - is above the law. I believe we can be that country again.

Todd Doherty, MP

Cariboo-Prince George

I was in the room when Jody Wilson-Raybould gave her testimony and being that close you could hear the emotion in her voice as she described the sustained and escalating pressure she endured from the prime pinister, the prime minister's office, the clerk of the privy council, and the office of the finance minister to change her mind and interfere in the SNC-Lavalin criminal case.

The events and conversations laid out by Wilson-Raybould are not only shocking but corrupt and speak to a prime minister who has lost all moral authority to govern.

The prime minister must resign and the RCMP must immediately open an investigation into the examples of obstruction of justice the former attorney general gave in her testimony, as well as those she was unable to speak about.

There are still many unanswered questions.

Unfortunately, the prime minister has forbidden Wilson-Raybould from discussing her resignation from cabinet, the presentation she gave to cabinet after her resignation or discussions she had after being fired as attorney general.

There are also questions surrounding alleged political interference in the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

I firmly believe that the law should apply equally to everyone, regardless of who you are or where you come from. Canadians deserve answers and not a government that continuously keeps them in the dark while attempting to bend the rule of law to benefit their friends.

Bob Zimmer, MP

Prince George-Peace River-

Northern Rockies

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