The easy way to get an answer is ask Raybould. She'll be free to talk about it.Whoopsies…again…The RCMP admitted Wednesday that it was wrong for the force to deny an access-to-information request to a democracy-watchdog group in May by claiming police were investigating the interference of senior Liberals in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, since the investigation had been dropped months earlier.
On Monday, Democracy Watch co-founder Duff Conacher went public with a letter from the national police force denying a requested release of records concerning the SNC-Lavalin scandal. The reason the RCMP gave for refusing to release records to Democracy Watch was because it said there was a police investigation underway.
After the Public Prosecution Service of Canada denied requests by SNC-Lavalin to enter into a remediation agreement, senior Liberals, including the Prime Minister’s Office, pressured then attorney general and justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to make a deal with the firm to help it avoid prosecution. She refused, and was shuffled out of her role, and later evicted from caucus… because it was 2015-ish.
RCMP admits it wrongly denied releasing records, claiming it was still investigating Liberals' SNC-Lavalin affair — National PostThe RCMP decided in January 2023 to not launch an investigationapple.news
While Canada’s ethics commissioner deemed in 2019 that Trudeau had broken federal ethics laws by improperly pressuring his former attorney general, questions swirled as to if the Mounties would conduct a criminal investigation into the matter.
When Conacher went public Monday with the information RCMP had given his group that an investigation was underway, the RCMP proceeded to ignore further media requests, including from National Post. In the early evening, the RCMP posted on social media that an investigation was not underway. Then late that night, it issued an official statement that there had been an investigation underway, but it had been dropped due to lack of evidence by January, months before Conacher made his request.
Two days after being asked to explain the discrepancy, RCMP spokesperson Marie-Eve Breton told the National Post that statement was made in “error.”