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“For a period of approximately four months between September and December of 2018 I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people in the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion,” Wilson-Raybould said.
“At that point (Trudeau) jumped in, stressing that there is an election in Quebec and that ‘I am an MP in Quebec — the member for Papineau,” Wilson-Raybould said. “I was quite taken aback. My response, and I remember this vividly, was to ask (Trudeau) a direct question while looking him in the eye. I asked: ‘Are you politically interfering with my role, my decision as the AG? I would strongly advise against it.’ The prime minister said ‘No, No, No — we just need to find a solution.’”
Two days later, on Sept. 19, she said Morneau spoke with her in the House of Commons.
“He again stressed the need to save jobs, and I told him that engagements from his office to mine on SNC had to stop, that they were inappropriate,” she said. But the next day, she said, her chief of staff had two phone calls from aides in Morneau’s office, including Chin.
“(Telford) was like ‘if Jody is nervous, we would of course line up all kinds of people to write op-eds saying that what she is doing is proper,’” Wilson-Raybould said Prince texted her.
Technically Ontario’s economic growth was good enough in 2016-17 to push it out of have-not status, when a province’s finances are considered lower than average and qualifies them for equalization. However because of the way the program works, Ontario still received $963 million in 2018-19.