Trudeau clears Jody Wilson-Raybould to speak to justice committee on SNC-Lavalin

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a waiver allowing former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to speak to the House of Commons Justice Committee about her discussions with government officials on the SNC-Lavalin affair.Story continues below

In an order-in-council posted online, the government said the waiver authorizes Wilson-Raybould “and any persons who directly participated in discussions with her relating to the exercise of her authority under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act respecting the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, to disclose to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and to the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner any confidences of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada contained in any information or communications that were directly discussed with her respecting the exercise of that authority while she held that office.”The order also waives “solicitor-client privilege and any other relevant duty of confidentiality to the Government of Canada” with respect to Wilson-Raybould’s discussions with government officials “respecting the prosecution” of SNC-Lavalin while she was justice minister.READ MORE: Trudeau says Wilson-Raybould will be able to answer ‘relevant’ SNC-Lavalin questionsThe waiver does not, however, permit Wilson-Raybould to discuss conversations she may have had with the director of public prosecutions on SNC-Lavalin, a restriction that’s meant to “uphold the integrity of any criminal or civil proceedings,” the order states.WATCH: No answer from Justin Trudeau on whether he knew about Butts and Wilson-Raybould meeting

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