Trudeau insists he didn't apply inappropriate pressure to justice minister before resignation

Justin Trudeau regrets 'erosion of trust' over political scandal

UPDATE: PM acknowledges a breakdown of trust

Wilson-Raybould testified that pressure on her to grant SNC-Lavalin's request took the form of 10 meetings with 11 individuals, including Trudeau, Butts, chief of staff Katie Telford, staffers of Finance Minister Bill Morneau, and top civil servant Michael Wernick.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March 7, 2019.

Have we become a country where government isolate and contain the issues for no other goal then to hide a trend, create a ripple effect, make it a he said, she said?

"I am focused on the work that the prime minister has asked me to do, which is to improve the immigration system", he said.

Local MP Richard Cannings and Liberal candidate Connie Denesiuk have chimed in on former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Reybould's resignation.

Trudeau said he assured her the decision on whether to prosecute SNC-Lavalin was hers alone.

SNC-Lavalin, which employs 9,000 people in Canada and tens of thousands overseas, is accused of bribing Libyan officials to get contracts between 2001 and 2011.


"It's a pseudo-scandal. It's crap".

Caesar-Chavannes told the Globe and Mail in an interview that Trudeau was angry when she told him on February 12 of her plans to announce she was not running in the October federal election. "These people are delusional".

Trudeau has been dogged by allegations that he and his officials improperly leaned on Wilson-Raybould to help construction firm SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a criminal trial. The company is a major employer in Quebec, Mr. Trudeau's home province.

SNC-Lavalin, which employs 9,000 people in Canada, has close connections to the government.

The company publicly led the lobbying charge for a law that allows for deferred prosecution agreements as a way to resolve the criminal charges it faces. The new AG has not ruled out approving a settlement.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer repeated calls for Mr Trudeau to resign and said the prime minister's comments had been "a completely phony act of fake sincerity". Canadian media have covered the story as intensely as American networks have covered President Trump.

"We felt that outside advice was appropriate because of the extraordinary circumstances of a conviction", Butts said. Butts, while working as an aide to Trudeau, said he wanted to make the scope of the decision clear to Wilson-Raybould.


Saying he has taken many lessons from the recent "tough" weeks, Trudeau announced the administration will seek external expert opinions on the issues raised. Trump said sympathetic things about Russian Federation during the campaign and was elected despite that and other controversies, giving him "the sense that he can do anything and his base will still follow him".

For someone who likes to claim transparency and "sunny ways", Justin Trudeau sure seems to be working hard to keep Canadians in the dark.

The case for the prosecution is that the prime minister is so convinced of the righteousness of his agenda, he discounts behaviour he would not have tolerated from his political opponents.

In her resignation letter, Ms Philpott said it had become "untenable" for her to continue to serve in the Cabinet.

"When you add women, please do not expect the status quo".

As it happens there are plenty of reasons to think the DPP, Kathleen Roussel, not only had the right to make the decision she did, but was right to do so. Members of the PMO pressured Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former Minister of Justice, to spare SNC-Lavalin from criminal prosecution, according to the Globe.

Last month, the Canadian Press reported that Fergus, who is the chair of Parliament's black caucus, said the government's bureaucracy has been slow to act on the promises Trudeau made around equal opportunity and treatment for black Canadians at a Black History Month speech past year.


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