Justice Committee Chair Anthony Housefather waits to start a committee meeting in Ottawa, Wednesday March 13, 2019.
Tracey Ramsey made the call shortly after the Liberals used their majority on the House of Commons justice committee to shut down an attempt to call former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to testify again on the SNC-Lavalin affair.
"What a shame", said Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre.
In an official statement regarding her resignation, Philpott said, "Sadly, I have lost confidence in how the government has dealt with this matter and in how it has responded to the issues raised". The engineering and construction giant faces charges of bribing foreign officials in Libya. According to committee rules, a motion to adjourn takes precedence over anything else the committee might do.
The Liberals, with five MPs to the opposition's four, prevailed.
Drouin shrugged off the criticism.
"The committee has already expressed its wishes on March 6th to have this particular hearing on March 19th, so it's as simple as that", he said. He even suggested they might consider inviting the former justice minister to appear as a witness before other committees.
"There were 11 people that the former attorney general mentioned that were involved in this entire affair and all of those people should be before the committee", she said.
At a press conference on March 7, Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer called on Trudeau to allow Wilson-Raybould to speak her "full truth" on the issue in a news conference in Ottawa during the launch of his online campaign, "Let Her Speak". "We'll have more news on that in the days ahead", Poilievre said. She resigned from cabinet on 12 February and is also prohibited from speaking about her decision to step down.
"Canadians deserve to know what those event were".
"He sent in his majority to shut down that discussion without a debate and ensure that Canadians will never know the truth", Poilievre said after the abrupt end of the meeting.
"They don't want Canadians to hear their arguments against letting Ms Wilson-Raybould speak because, frankly, they are not good ones". That prompted opposition members to shout angry accusations about a "cover-up" and call the actions of Liberal committee members "disgusting" and "despicable". The Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development has also made a rare statement saying they are "watching" the situation which involves an worldwide incident of bribery and fraud by the Canadian-based multinational SNC Lavalin.
Most of the justice committee members are Liberal MPs, which gives them a lot of control over how the proceedings unfold.