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03/02/2019 13:51 EST | Updated 03/03/2019 12:41 EST

'Follow-Up' Podcast: Jody Wilson-Raybould Rocks The Casbah

Both the Liberals and NDP end the week with some heartache.

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Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould walks from West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 28, 2019.

OTTAWA — Oh, what a week it's been.

The SNC-Lavalin affair continues to eclipse the House of Commons, casting a shadow over the Liberal party and Jody Wilson-Raybould's fate within it.

The former attorney general delivered her much-anticipated testimony to the House justice committee on Wednesday — which happened to also be the day NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made his first address to caucus as a newly elected MP.

But the high of Singh's fresh byelection win was tempered by week's end with the resignation of two of the party's top MPs: Murray Rankin and Nathan Cullen.

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NDP MP Nathan Cullen speaks to Jody Wilson-Raybould as she arrives to appear at the House of Commons Justice Committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 27, 2019.

In this episode of "Follow-Up," host Althia Raj digs through Wilson-Raybould's testimony with HuffPost Canada senior politics editor Ryan Maloney. Cullen also joins us for an honest conversation about why the time is right for him to leave the House behind.

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Detailed show notes:

  • (5:12) Ryan Maloney on one of the "wilder" moments in Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony

  • (7:44) "The prime minister asked me to help out"

  • (14:51) That reference to Watergate's infamous "Saturday Night Massacre"

  • (19:04) Defining the difference between "illegal" and "inappropriate" pressure

  • (20:51) How badly the SNC-Lavalin controversy is hurting the Liberals

  • (24:48) Cabinet minister talk about Jody Wilson-Raybould's place in caucus

  • (28:71) NDP MP Nathan Cullen addresses perception his exit would fuel a narrative that the party is in trouble

  • (30:43) Nathan Cullen on Jagmeet Singh's "significant" potential for growth

  • (34:46) Nathan Cullen shares the really good piece of advice Stockwell Day gave him as a rookie MP

  • (36:00) The one time Jack Layton got "proper angry" with Cullen

  • (37:17) Ed Broadbent on what Jagmeet Singh's byelection win means for the party now

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