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CanadaThe legal advice Wilson-Raybould should have taken

15:51  12 april  2019
15:51  12 april  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Cabinet members question JWR's 'motives'

Cabinet members question JWR's 'motives' OTTAWA - A day before a crucial Liberal caucus meeting where former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould could be shown the door, members of the Trudeau cabinet are focusing on what was behind her decision to surreptitiously record a phone conversation with the country's top public servant. On his way into the weekly cabinet meeting today in Ottawa, Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne criticized Wilson-Raybould's ethics, saying he had never recorded any conversations he had while working as a lawyer. Tourism Minister Melanie Joly said what Wilson-Raybould did in secretly recording her Dec.

Jody Wilson - Raybould PC QC MP (born March 23, 1971), also known by her initials, JWR, and by her Kwak’wala name, Puglaas, is a Canadian politician and the Independent Member of Parliament for the

Wilson - Raybould testified that by Sept. 16 she had made up her mind after reviewing advice by her department, her minister’s office “and work I conducted on my own, that it was inappropriate for me to intervene in the decision of the director of public prosecutions in this case and pursue a deferred

The legal advice Wilson-Raybould should have taken© Sean Kilpatrick Independent MPs Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould vote in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday.

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A curious thing happened on the way to the impasse between the Prime Minister’s Office and Jody Wilson-Raybould. Although the Department of Justice has lots of legal advice immediately at hand, the prime minister tried to persuade her to hire a lawyer to give her further legal advice in an attempt to find a solution to the standoff between them.

Cabinet members question JWR's 'motives'

Cabinet members question JWR's 'motives' OTTAWA - Jane Philpott left a meeting of her fellow Ontario Liberal MPs after just a few minutes Tuesday afternoon, leaving them to debate her future in the party caucus without her. The largest provincial group of Liberals gathered in Ottawa a day before a national meeting, in which Liberal legislators could vote to expel the former health minister and ex-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Clearly, Ms. Wilson - Raybould should be called to appear before this committee." Wilson - Raybould has taken the highly unusual step of retaining Thomas Cromwell, a recently retired Supreme Court justice, as her legal counsel as the scandal enters a new phase.

The SNC-Lavalin affair, also known as LavScam is an ongoing political scandal in Canada involving allegations of political interference and possible obstruction of justice by the Prime Minister's Office

He proposed the most distinguished lawyer in Canada, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Honourable Beverley McLachlin. Not a bad offer. She refused.

I think I know what advice she might have gotten from McLachlin. And that explains why she didn’t want, and never accepted, that offer of legal advice.

She would have been told that over the last number of years the courts of Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, have pretty consistently been striking down mandatory minimum penalties in criminal sentencing because they give a judge no choice about the sentence. The law under which anyone is punished must allow sufficient discretion by the trial judge to give justice to minor offenders.

The law that would apply to SNC-Lavalin if they were convicted provides little judicial discretion at all (and then only to cover cases where the impact on the public interest or the security of Canada would be extremely great), but it gives no discretion to lower the 10-year prohibition on bidding for government contracts in Canada for minor offenders whose culpability is less than that of the worst offender and the worst offence.

Vancouver supporters still back Wilson-Raybould

Vancouver supporters still back Wilson-Raybould VANCOUVER - Supporters of Jody Wilson-Raybould in her Vancouver Granville riding say they're disappointed she was ejected from the Liberal caucus but they would back her in the federal election if she ran as an Independent. Tracy Beshara, executive director of Marpole Oakridge Family Place in south Vancouver, said she has met Wilson-Raybould and she is a woman of "integrity and quality." "All that is going on with her is a disappointment, and we support her fully," said Beshara. "She's honest. She's real and she can tell you both sides. She won't tell you what you want to hear. She'll tell you the way it is. Most politicians don't do that.

Jody Wilson - Raybould appears at the House of Commons Justice Committee on Parliament Hill in In my view, the communications and efforts to change my mind on this matter should have stopped. Katie T thinks it gives us cover in the business community and the legal community, and that it would

Wilson - Raybould would hardly have resigned if her interpretation of the interaction she had with the Prime In hindsight, Wilson - Raybould is probably congratulating herself for seeking top-notch legal advice . But he should worry about a boomerang effect on his already damaged moral authority.

Thus, a small company offering a tiny bribe for a first-time foreign contract is subject to the same 10-year ban as someone like SNC-Lavalin, a large, well-funded, sophisticated corporation, experienced both in foreign governmental contracts and which bought Gaddafi’s son a $28 million dollar yacht.

For a small corporation, the penalty would be cruel and unusual and a violation of section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as disproportionate.

Accordingly, she would be told, do not pick this hill to die on. The decision to require a 10-year bidding ban under the law, which you are insisting cannot be interfered with, is likely, itself, to be unconstitutional.

A trial judge who convicted SNC-Lavalin would declare it to be unconstitutional and impose a bidding ban on government contracts for no time at all or whatever time up to 10 years she thought just.

The government of Justin Trudeau came into office and sought to repeal a vast majority of these mandatory minimum penalties in every area of the Criminal Code. Harper passed these minimum penalties everywhere: he didn’t trust judges to do what’s right. Trudeau did.

Wilson-Raybould may not have broken the law, but her Wernick tape crossed ethical lines, lawyers say

Wilson-Raybould may not have broken the law, but her Wernick tape crossed ethical lines, lawyers say Lawyers say Jody Wilson-Raybould may not have broken the law but her decision to tape a conversation with the outgoing privy council clerk may have crossed ethical lines. Wilson-Raybould has done a number of things in the past few weeks to upset her Liberal MP colleagues. But the 17-minute call she recorded with outgoing Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick ultimately spelled the end of her time in the Liberal Party. On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expelled Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus, saying that trust with the two former cabinet ministers was broken.

Liberal MPs Jody Wilson - Raybould , left, and Jane Philpott take part in a cabinet shuffle at Rideau She was, and will remain, on my list of most admired humans so perhaps I should follow her path and Wilson - Raybould could have offered help to hurting people as minister of Indigenous Services

Aside from Ms. Wilson - Raybould , the SNC affair has taken another political casualty among the Opposition: After Ms. Wilson - Raybould ’s testimony, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called on But Ms. Wilson - Raybould has not alleged any criminal wrongdoing, and legal experts are divided on

The mystery is why he has not done so already. Wilson-Raybould blamed such minimum penalties for causing trial delays and said on Feb. 11, 2017, that “wholesale change” was coming “in the very near future.” Not true.

In the end, she preferred the principle of attorney general autonomy, protecting her ability to make decisions without pressure from a political office.

The solution to the problem is not complex. Fulfil the campaign promise to repeal minimum penalties, including this one. The justice system will be better for it. The world will see that we trust our judges to do what is right, after they have heard a case based on real evidence.

And the government would no longer be in this crisis.

Clayton Ruby, C.M. is lead author of Ruby on Sentencing, a legal text.

Can employees record conversations in the workplace?.
The expulsion of the former Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould, from the Liberal Party caucus has generated a national debate about workplace behaviour. What the prime minister described as “unconscionable” was Wilson-Raybould’s decision to release a secret recording she had made with Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick when they discussed a proposed deferred prosecution agreement for engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. The secret recording created a firestorm and raised questions about what can and cannot be done in the context of workplace interactions and what privacy rights people have when interacting with fellow employees.

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