Wernick pressured Jody Wilson Raybould on litigation guidelines

To Warnick the new guidelines were a “nasty thing” Just as Michael Wernick, the Clerk of the Privy Council, was finishing his testimony to the Justice Committee of the House of Commons about the SNC-Lavalin affair, he threw in something completely different. He told the Committee that he thought they should look into the Indigenous Litigation Guidelines that had been issued by the Department of Justice. The guidelines had been announced by Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould just before she resigned. There are fifteen of them, and they are designed to make federal court cases involving Indigenous peoples less adversarial, quicker, and less expensive. “We like to say that we litigate with Aboriginal people, not against them,” a Department of Justice lawyer used to tell me. That is far from…

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