Wednesday , November 25 2020

Liberals block conservative attempts to delay budget over Wilson-Raybould's gag order & # 39;

Josh Dehaas, with files from CTV's Annie Bergeron-Oliver

Published Sunday, March 17, 2019, 6:16 pm EDT

Liberals have pursued a conservative plan to delay Tuesday's budget by forcing up to 40 hours of vote in the House of Commons to protest what Tories say is a "gag order" of former Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould .

The conservative filibustic tactics of scheduling 257 tax referrals starting on Monday night will no longer be possible after the Liberals have moved the conservative "Resistance Day" from Monday to Wednesday after the budget has already been made.

A spokesman from the Heads of Office in Bardish Chagger House confirmed that the opposition day had been moved and called the conservative plans a "stunt" and accused them of playing "political games".

"Clearly, Stephen Harper's party, which closed Parliament twice when it was in power, has not changed its colors (sic) in opposition under Andrew Scheer," the statement continues.

Earlier in the day, Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre told Conservatives would "use all parliamentary tools in the toolbox to end coverup and let (Wilson-Raybould) speech."

Wilson-Raybould testified in the Justice Committee last month that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other top liberals pushed her and issued blurry threats to her decision to continue the accusation of the Montreal-based engineering company SNC-Lavalin.

Wilson-Raybould has so far been limited by the prime minister from talking about what happened after she was blended out of her work as a lawyer-general and justice minister. She suggested that there be more she would say if the government's attorney-client privilege was lifted.

"You will remember that Justin Trudeau charged Jody Wilson-Raybould with a gag order for events that occurred after she left the position of attorney general, but before she left the cabinet," said Poilievre on Sunday. "This period is incredibly important to come to the truth."

Last week, the Liberal majority of the Justice Committee agreed on a proposal to sign Wilson-Raybould again. The movement will now be considered behind closed doors on Tuesday, as much of Ottawa will be focused on what's in Liberal's budget.

Poilievre said he anticipates "a massive public backlash if Justin Trudeau tries to cover this scandal and end the investigation of his role in it."

He said he believes the Liberals will try to use the budget to "spray money in every direction in the hope that Canadians will be distracted by the sights of their own money flying on them."

In an interview with CTV's Question Time, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said failure to allow Wilson-Raybould to give more testimony would mean "obstruction".

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