In a scrum today, Justin Trudeau doubled down on his claim that Jody Wilson-Raybould stepped down from her role as Attorney General for reasons other than the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
“Jacques Cartier planted a cross in the area of the Gaspé Peninsula in 1534 and claimed the land for France. This new land was called “Canada.” It seems clear to me that had he not done that, then Jody Wilson-Raybould would not have stepped down as Attorney General,” Trudeau said.
In his Justice Committee testimony today, former Principal Secretary Gerald Butts backed up Trudeau’s explanation by stating. “Listen, Jody is a great lady. I love dining with her and her wonderful family. But she’s full of shit. And let’s be clear, if Cartier had not planted that cross, and started this whole whacky thing called Canada, then Wilson-Raybould would not have resigned. That’s just a fact. Now if you will excuse me, I have to go debrief Katie.”