NDP calls for investigation into former Attorney General’s firing

NDP Critic for Justice Murray Rankin made the following statement:

“Canadians have a right to question whether this Prime Minister fired Canada’s first Indigenous Justice Minister for ‘speaking truth to power’.

The government has denied the Prime Minister or his backroom advisors fired Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould because she refused to yield to pressure in the SNC-Lavalin matter.

Canadians have to be assured the independence of the justice system has not been compromised.  In these circumstances, Canadians cannot be expected to take the Prime Minister’s word for it.

As Vice Chair of the Justice Committee, I have joined with MP Michael Cooper in calling for the former Attorney General, the current Justice Minister, and high-ranking officials in the Prime Minister’s Office to appear before the Justice Committee as soon as possible.

My NDP colleagues, Nathan Cullen and Charlie Angus, have also written to the Ethics Commissioner to ensure an investigation by that office is undertaken.

The integrity of our justice system may well be at issue. The Liberal government must allow the Justice Committee to do its work on behalf of Canadians and clear the air at this critical time.”


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