Prosecutorial independence goes to the heart of the “Lavscam” scandal currently embroiling the Liberal government in Ottawa. Everyone knows by now that this dispute has seen former Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould and her colleague Jane Philpott resign from cabinet over allegations of improper political interference by the Prime Minister’s office and the Privy Council Office in a prosecutorial decision on an ongoing case against SNC-Lavalin.
But what is prosecutorial independence? What does it mean? And why does it loom so large in this scandal? MLI Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley explains.