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Canada's Trudeau admits 'erosion of trust' in SNC-Lavalin case

13 March, 2019, 16:25 | Author: Taylor George
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On the other hand, CPC leader Andrew Scheer's public image has suffered, dropping 5 points since Jody Wilson-Raybould's testimony.

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.

Trudeau and his aides deny doing anything wrong, saying they were only pointing out that prosecution could endanger thousands of people's jobs because a conviction would make the company ineligible for government contracts.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that an "erosion of trust" and "lack of communication" with his former justice minister led her to resign amid a political crisis that could dash his re-election hopes.

Gerald Butts: In fact, I learned for the first time while watching the former attorney general's testimony, that she had made on final decision on the 16th of September. The American media are reporting on two different worlds.

The prime minister himself weighed in on Wilson-Raybould, SNC and Monday's resignation from cabinet of Jane Philpott on Thursday morning.

Yes, but how to arrive at the "objective" truth?

Jody Wilson Raybould appears before the Justice committee in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. And the prospect of Trudeau agreeing to opposition demands for a public inquiry into the querulous saga is about as remote as Donald Trump agreeing to testify in person before Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But even if you disagree with their decisions, you are not the DPP, or the AG: as a matter of law - as a matter of constitutional principle - it is their call to make, each in their separate capacity.

Yet, that is how Wilson-Raybould has responded.

And while Wilson-Raybould is being lauded in many quarters for her courage and integrity, unfortunately, as justice minister she was squarely behind Trudeau's socially liberal agenda.

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"I think the world of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, they are close personal friends of mine and I think together with Canadians we appreciate the work they've done and their incredibly capable leadership as ministers", Goldsmith-Jones told Coast Reporter ahead of a March 8 event in Gibsons to announce a new housing initiative.

The SNC-Lavalin controversy has exposed a crisis of moral and ethical leadership in Trudeau's office, Scheer said at a news conference in Ottawa, adding an online campaign is underway to support Wilson-Raybould.

"Some jobs seem to be more important to him than the jobs that are being lost here".

The lone Northwestern Ontario representative in the Trudeau cabinet believes the prime minister is disappointed that he was unaware of the breakdown in trust between the former attorney general and one of his most trusted staffers.

That pressure was not illegal, she said, but "raised serious red flags in my view".

Given Wilson-Raybould's background, the Prime Minister's Office should have anticipated she would reject the Indigenous Services post, Mochama told Day 6 host Brent Bambury. It is not only remarkable but a testament to her steadfast character.

SNC-Lavalin has about 9,000 employees in Canada, including about 3,400 in the predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec, which also includes Trudeau's parliamentary constituency.

"It is a fundamental doctrine of the rule of law that our Attorney General should not be subjected to political pressure or interference regarding the exercise of her prosecutorial discretion in criminal cases", Philpott's resignation letter said.

"It also becomes more hard for the prime minister to tell voters to trust him when two senior ministers say they have lost confidence in him".


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