Deputies hold emergency debate to respond to Wilson-Raybould's testimony


The House of Commons is holding an emergency debate tonight on the subject of former Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould testifying before the justice committee Wednesday.

Conservative House leader Candice Bergen called for debate on Thursday, a request that was backed by the NDP.

"Someone is lying and I would say he is not the former attorney general," Bergen said.

Emergency discussions are held to discuss urgent matters and should occur on the day the application is approved, unless the Speaker decides otherwise. is broadcasting the live debate from 6:30 p.m. onwards. ET.

The debate comes as the NDP and the Greens continue to pressure the government to call a public inquiry into Wilson-Ray's allegations that it is unduly pressured by the Office of the Prime Minister and other government officials in the SNC- Lavalin.

Wilson-Raybould told the committee that she experienced sustained and improper pressure to allow the Quebec infrastructure company to avoid a judgment on bribery charges through a deferred prosecution agreement.

The corporation faced a 10-year ban on bids on government contracts if convicted on criminal bribery charges.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, meanwhile, continues to urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to relinquish the case.


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