In addition to Wilson-Raybould, Ramsey says the committee needs to hear from everyone the former minister says tried to change her mind, including senior staff in the PMO and the chief of staff to Finance Minister Bill Morneau.
The Anti-Bribery Convention, which Canada signed onto in 1999, establishes worldwide standards to criminalize the bribery of foreign officials and the OECD says it is closely monitoring the outcome of the investigations into the SNC-Lavalin affair.
Opposition MPs erupted in fury Wednesday after the Liberals used their majority on the House of Commons justice committee to delay an opposition attempt to call Jody Wilson-Raybould to testify again on the SNC-Lavalin affair.
The worldwide economic group that oversees a global anti-bribery convention is monitoring the allegations that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau interfered in a criminal prosecution against SNC-Lavalin. It says Canada has pledged to update the group on the matter at the working group's June meeting.More news: Twitter’s New Prototype App Hides Likes & Retweets For "Healthy Conversation"
Both Butts and Wilson-Raybould were freed to speak about matters often protected by cabinet confidences, and in her case, solicitor-client privilege, by a waiver issued by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in late February. "We will continue to work with and update the working group on the robust and independent domestic processes now underway in Canada, which the working group has recognized and encouraged".
The thrust of the controversy surrounds a decision by the director of public prosecutions not to use a new law in Canada to put off a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin in favour of a remediation agreement (also sometimes called a deferred-prosecution agreement).
As attorney general, Wilson-Raybould could have ordered prosecutors to pursue such an agreement or taken over the prosecution and done it herself, but she elected to do neither. She says that when she wouldn't do so, she was shuffled out as minister of justice and attorney general, to the lower-profile job of minister of veterans affairs.
"If the Liberals are going to put forward arguments against hearing from Ms. Wilson-Raybould to be able to come to committee to be able to tell her full version of events", Cooper said, "it is imperative that they do so in public, in front of the cameras where there is a transcript and a recorded vote so that Canadians can see for themselves just what the Liberals are trying to do".More news: Ex-British soldier to be charged in Bloody Sunday murders
"He sent in his majority to shut down that discussion without a debate and ensure that Canadians will never know the truth", Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre said.
"We will use every tool in the parliamentary tool kit in order to pressure the government and the prime minister to stop his coverup and let Jody Wilson-Raybould speak". "There's more questions now than ever".
She said the Liberals signalled to Canadians that they are simply "not interested in the truth" and continued to echo NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh's call for an independent public inquiry into the allegations of political interference.
Liberal strategist Amanda Alvaro, president of the Toronto communications firm Pomp & Circumstance, said there is no benefit to bringing Wilson-Raybould back.More news: US consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in February