The government says they have waived solicitor-client privilege to allow her to speak freely and yet there are conditions that Justin Trudeau has laid out on what she can and cannot talk about.
Scheer threw down the gauntlet immediately after a three-hour Commons' justice committee meeting in which Wilson-Raybould said she felt pressure from Trudeau and others to head off a criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.
"There's clearly a line that was crossed", NDP justice critic Murray Rankin told CTV's Question Period as he recalled testimony Thursday from Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick about his discussions with Wilson-Raybould.
These are all questions she should be poised to be able to answer under the terms of Trudeau's waiving of solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidence.
However, in a letter to the committee Tuesday, Wilson-Raybould warned that the waiver "falls short of what is required" for her to fully tell her side of the story.
"There will be a clear choice to be made between the Liberal Party, this government that ... has consistently stood up for Canadian jobs, consistently defended Canadian jobs while defending our institutions and the independence of our judiciary", he said.
That seems to be settled now after an order-in-council published late Monday lifted the protections on all her conversations about SNC-Lavalin other than those she had with the director of public prosecutions.
Last week, members of the House of Commons justice committee had said Wilson-Raybould would be appearing there on Tuesday.
"Jody Wilson-Raybould tells the story of a prime minister who has lost the moral authority to govern", Scheer said.
On his way in to the caucus meeting, caucus chair Francis Scarpaleggia told reporters that he thinks the historic waiver Trudeau has issued goes far enough to let her speak to the core issue at the heart of the affair.
- A December 19 conversation Wernick had with Wilson-Raybould in which he told her Trudeau and other ministers were "quite anxious" about the potential impact of a criminal conviction on the financial viability of SNC-Lavalin and on innocent employees, shareholders, pensioners and third-party suppliers who would suffer as a result.
But Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt has speculated that it may have been only after Wilson-Raybould was demoted to veterans affairs that she realized she was being punished for refusing to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin, a kind of plea bargain that would require the company to pay restitution but avoid the potentially financially crippling impact of a criminal conviction.
The justice committee is examining the growing controversy touched off by a February 7 Globe and Mail report that said Trudeau's aides attempted to press Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin to help the company avoid criminal prosecution on bribery charges related to contracts in Libya.
Wilson-Raybould says the waiver does not apply to anything said or done after she was shuffled on January 14 to the veterans-affairs post - including her resignation from cabinet a month later and her presentation to cabinet last week about her reasons for resigning.
She disputed that version of events, saying Trudeau only offered some vague assurance after she confronted him directly at the September 17 meeting, two weeks after Roussel had decided not to consider a remediation agreement.
Citing her chief of staff's account of the exchange, Wilson-Raybould quoted Butts as saying: "There is no solution here that does not involve some interference".
According to Wilson-Raybould, Wernick told her that Trudeau wanted to know why SNC-Lavalin was not being offered a remediation agreement.
It has pushed unsuccessfully for a remediation agreement, and the Trudeau government has been plunged into controversy over accusations it improperly pressured the former attorney general to make an agreement happen. That would allow Butts and other PMO staffers to testify freely if called upon.