Power Play was all about this decision by the ethics commish to hold a 'probe' into the continuing mess that is SNC Lavalin and their relationship with the current government. It may come down to an RCMP investigation as most pundits are making note of the fact that the liberals hold the majority of seats on the panel and thus will do all they can to shut it down. Regardless, the liberals are not going to come out of this looking anything but guilty of some sort of interference either with the trial or with the inquiry.
Trudeau added to his former remarks regarding meetings with Wilson-Raybauld going so far as to admit he contacted her again this past weekend.
"Speaking to reporters after a funding announcement about housing in B.C., Trudeau said he "welcomed" the ethics commissioner's examination of the allegations.
"This is an issue that has been much talked about over the last few days and I think it's important Canadians continue to have confidence in our system," Trudeau said.
The prime minister insisted again Monday he did not direct Wilson-Raybould to come to any particular conclusion on whether to direct the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) to sign an agreement with SNC-Lavalin.
"She confirmed for me a conversation we had this fall where I told her directly that any decisions on matters involving the director of public prosecutions were hers alone," Trudeau said."
Interesting, as one pundit put it earlier today, that trudeau thinks an inquiry came about because the issue was so much in the news and not because it was a question of ethics.
Admiral Norman's trial has been notable for the fact that while still years from trial, the opening preliminaries have been almost universally negative for the Crown's prosecution. This latest news about redacted portions of meetings between the Privy Council and Crown lawyers wherein trial strategy is alleged to have taken place even took the judge aback.
"So much for the independence of the PPSC," quipped Justice Heather Perkins-McVey, who ordered the Crown to deliver to her an uncensored copy of the notes, to be held under seal, before the case resumes Friday."