Bob Layton: I believe Jody Wilson-Raybould

Ellis weighs in on SNC Lavalin fallout

Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis spoke at the funding announcement at CFB Trenton

Wilson-Raybould was removed as attorney general and justice minister during a January cabinet shuffle, and moved to Veterans Affairs.

Asked whether Wilson-Raybould should remain in caucus, Trudeau said Wednesday he had not reviewed her testimony in full yet, and would make decisions on that once he had. Contrarily, her testimony is still deemed as a major threat to Trudeau's chances of getting reelected, with the polls approaching in October. Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef added International Development to her ministerial portfolios.

Goodale said he's hoping there can be "some kind of reconciliation" with Wilson-Raybould but isn't sure that's possible.

She said partisan concerns were repeatedly raised in connection with the SNC-Lavalin case, including by Trudeau, who she claims pointed out to her in a September conversation that he was himself a Quebec MP and raised the political consequences of prosecuting a large Montreal-based company during the then-ongoing Quebec election.

On CTV's Question Period, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said that repairing the relationship between Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould will "take an terrible lot of hard work".

"No, no, no, we just need to find a solution", was Trudeau's response, according to Wilson-Raybould.

Wilson's remark has prompted the leader of the opposition Conservatice Party to demand Prime Minister's resignation.

However, neutralizing the situation, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland appeared on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and said, "I have 100 percent faith in the prime minister".

Five former federal and provincial attorneys general - four Conservatives and one New Democrat - sent a joint letter to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki to urge an investigation into two possible criminal offences arising out of Wilson-Raybould's testimony: obstruction of justice and conduct meant to provoke fear in the attorney general.

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