TORONTO — Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould told a stunned House of Commons Wednesday that she looks forward to the opportunity to speak her "truth."
In her first comments in the chamber since the SNC-Lavalin scandal erupted, the MP rose to explain why she did not vote on a motion introduced by NDP MP Charlie Angus that called on the government to launch a public inquiry into the brewing controversy.
"I would ask that the record show that I abstained from voting on that matter. The reason for my abstention is that the matter, in part, has to do with me personally and I do not think that it's appropriate for me to vote on a matter that has to do with me personally," Wilson-Raybould said, as some opposition MPs applauded.
Watch: Jody Wilson-Raybould says she's hopeful for "opportunity to speak my truth"
While the opposition's attempt to open a formal inquiry was defeated Wednesday, the federal ethics commissioner has launched an investigation in the matter, and Wilson-Raybould herself is set to testify at the justice committee next week.
Though she may not provide many answers.
Wilson-Raybould maintains that she is unable to speak about the allegations due to solicitor-client privilege. The Vancouver MP said she is receiving guidance from former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell on what she can and can't say in public.
"I understand fully that Canadians want to know the truth and want transparency," she said in the House Wednesday. "Privilege and confidentiality are not mine to waive and I hope that I have the opportunity to speak my truth," she concluded, as even louder applause broke out through the House.
Coming out of caucus Wednesday, Liberals tried to show a common front.
Joël Lightbound, parliamentary secretary to the finance minister, dismissed suggestions he was upset with Wilson-Raybould.
"We had a good discussion," he said, in French.
"One thing that sticks out, [we are] very united behind Mr. Trudeau, very united as a party."
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale suggested that "anything is possible" when asked if there was a "path" for Wilson-Raybould to return to cabinet.
"Whether that bridge or path can be built or found remains to be seen. But I always work toward the most positive kinds of results," he said.
With files from Althia Raj and The Canadian Press