Jody Wilson Reybuld approvingly points to Brian Mulroney as prime minister's & # 39; er minister, who knew better than to politically influence the judgment of his prosecutor general, when it comes to prosecution.
But the former Minister of Justice does not seem to read the memoirs of Mulroney, in which the former leader of the Conservatives proudly tells how he ordered the Attorney General to convey the controversial murder case to the Supreme Court of Canada.
This was Attorney General Kim Campbell, who, according to Mulroney, did as she was told, in the case of Milgaard, who was wrongly jailed for 23 years for a murder he did not commit. She went on to become the Prime Minister & # 39; er Minister.
Memoirs Mulroney categorically contradicts the version of events, he quoted Campbell in his own memories and repeated Wilson-Raybould in a written submission to the last week in the House of Commons Justice Committee. The performance was intended to support her assertion that she faced undue pressure from the prime minister's last fall & # 39; er Minister Justin Trudeau, his top aides and others to stop the prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.
As part of her presentation, Wilson-Raybould included the transcript of text messages she exchanged with his chief of staff, Jessica Prince, after a meeting December 18 with the chief of staff Trudeau, Katie Telford and Secretary Chief Herald Bats.
Prince says that the duo was trying to convince her that Wilson-Raybould, seek advice from a retired Supreme Court on whether it can review the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions, who refused to negotiate an agreement on remediation with SNC-Lavalin, and than continue the pursuit of charges of bribery, related to contracts in Libya. Prince says that she repeatedly said Telford and example, that would mean "interference".
During this discussion, the prince says Bats raised the matter Milgaard.
"Said Gary a story about how Mulroney met with his mother Milgaard in went into the cabin (INET) room and Kim Campbell said she had to fix it. She gave him all these reasons AG, why she could not prevent it, but then she finally did what he wanted Mulroney and he was right, "Prince says.
After asking for more information about the link to Milgaard, Wilson-Raybould asks the Prince to send her a mobile phone number Campbell, commenting, "Good grief – that's absurd."
Wilson-Raybould met with Campbell the next day in a cafe in Vancouver.
"Needless to say, that it categorically denies that the said Mr. Butts and was very offended and outraged comments. She denies characteristic not only of her, as attorney general, but her former boss, the prime minister's & # 39; -Minister Mulroney, "says Wilson-Raybould in her imagination.
"Besides, she thought – it in his memoirs (1996) – that Brian Mulroney was" too good a lawyer to interfere unduly in the matter. He never breathed a word about the case to him Milgaard AG, and no one in his office is constantly trying to influence its business processing. "
Wilson-Raybould not to mention the fact that Campbell also wrote in his memoirs that Mulroney was "quietly" her meeting with her mother Milgaard in Joyce, in 1991, she wrote that she was sure that the two discussed only condition Milgaard life prison rather than its application for review of his conviction for the 1969 rape and murder of a student fed Saskatoon, which dismissed Campbell.
However, Campbell called it "unacceptable interference" and suggested that it was politically motivated. She wrote that the chief Mulroney HR, X & # 39; nd Segal, told a closed meeting of the British Columbia Conservative that the meeting Prime Minister & # 39; er Minister Joyce Milgaard was "brilliant" and the kind of things he needs to do more to correct its image on the eve of the elections until 1993.
Nor Wilson-Raybould mention or & # 39 are aware of the fact that ,, Mulroney completely contradicts Campbell's version of events in his memoirs, published in 2007.
He said he was "concerned" by the way in which Campbell "dismissed" Joyce Milgaard, telling her during a public meeting: "Madam, if you want to deal with your son seen enough, please, not me. "He was" privately furious with her "for the renunciation of the use Milgaard for consideration of his case.
Mulroney has provided condensed transcript of a meeting in Winnipeg with Joyce Milgaard, during which he said he was "very clever" in the choice of words, because he knew that they were recorded. At some point, he told her that Campbell is going to look at the "new information that comes in," and he's going to talk to her when he returned to Ottawa about the case of her son.
When he returned, Mulroney wrote Campbell, he was summoned to his parliamentary office where, "due to the fragility of the question, I met with her alone."
"" It was considered the department and I gave the decision, "she told me.
"" Kim, "I replied," it is not acceptable for me. The law provides for a reference to the Supreme Court, and it is my intention to ensure that this case is actually referred to the Supreme Court. "
"My tone was hard, and my words are unambiguous. She understood and quickly changed tactics.
"" Prem & # 39; er minister, "she said," If so, can I make the announcement himself? "
The top court eventually recommended Milgaard conviction to be overturned. Campbell ordered a new trial, but the Saskatchewan government has refused to do so, issued a stay of proceedings and freed Milgaard in 1992, five years later, DNA evidence from the victim's clothes cleared Milgaard and led to the arrest and conviction of the ultimate serial rapist Larry Fisher.
The ends and the top civil servant, Michael Wernick, testified that no improper pressure was exerted on the Wilson-Raybould of SNC-Lavalin case. They claimed that they just wanted her to get a second opinion on the feasibility of blocking the decision of the prosecutor, as provided by law.
a written statement of Wilson-Raybould, released Friday, completes its nearly four hours of oral testimony last month. She said that she was moved from her dual role of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Veterans Affairs in mid-January cabinet shuffle as punishment for refusing to intervene in case of SNC. She left the office in a month.