Justin Trudeau says he's learned from scandal but does not apologise

Justin Trudeau says he's learned from scandal but does not apologise

Justin Trudeau says he's learned from scandal but does not apologise

"This has been a tough few weeks", the Canadian prime minister said.

His comments also marked the first time the prime minister had directly spoken to the allegations, following the testimony of Wilson-Raybould and the surprise resignation of the Treasury Board president Jane Philpott, who said she no longer had confidence in the government.

Wilson-Raybould told the House of Commons justice committee late last month that she came under relentless pressure from the Prime Minister's Office and other federal officials to ensure the company was invited to negotiate a remediation agreement.

Federal Court Justice Catherine Kane said in a ruling Friday that "It has no reasonable prospect of success in the context of the law and the governing jurisprudence and taking a realistic view".

But Scheer dismissed Butts's testimony as "damage control" and said the buck stops with the prime minister, reported the Toronto Sun.

Finally, I think that we should dump on Trudeau over his political bad judgment but praise him for at least trying hard to get the Canadian economy going ahead.

But aside from those issues, aside from what this says about Trudeau's treatment of women and Indigenous people, there is a bigger conundrum.

Both the justice and the ethics committees have opened separate investigations into the affair.

Trudeau was asked directly Thursday whether he was apologizing for what unfolded in the SNC-Lavalin case and he stressed that he continues to believe there was "no inappropriate pressure".

The engineering giant is charged with corruption and fraud in connection with government contracts in Libya and has been lobbying for a deferred prosecution agreement rather than go to trial.

He added that Notley and Moe may be using the SNC-Lavalin affair to play to their bases, and this may especially be the case for Alberta due to the upcoming election.

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Sheehan said "I can tell you that I have had interaction with the PMO a thousand times as it relates to steel, that's 122,000 jobs, they're talking about 9,000 jobs in Quebec (regarding SNC-Lavalin).I appreciate the PMO making jobs a priority because it's been very helpful for this community". "We just need to find a solution".

She later testified to lawmakers that she had received "veiled threats" over her stance - and Trudeau's inner circle came under suspicion.

Trudeau has acknowledged "an erosion of trust" and put the controversy down to a breakdown in communications between his senior staff and the former attorney general.

In Canada, the attorney general is supposed to exercise independent prosecutorial discretion, without any political interference. "Yes, but I've always felt OK to go forward and tell him why I'm concerned and I've always felt he has considered my perspective as we've moved forward on those hard files".

Butts said all they wanted was for Wilson-Raybould to seek an outside legal opinion on the matter from an eminent retired judge. However, given all that has transpired regarding the relationship between SNC Lavalin and the Trudeau government, such a move would have dire political consequences.

Since their majority victory October 2015, the Trudeau Liberals have sparked outrage among pro-life and pro-family advocates for their abortion extremism and promotion of homosexuality.

Trudeau decreed as Liberal leader no pro-life advocate could run as a candidate in his party.

Mr Trudeau, who discussed the matter with Ms Wilson-Raybould on Sept 17, said: "I stressed the importance of protecting Canadian jobs and reiterated that this issue was one of significant national importance".

He said he reaffirmed "that the decision was hers alone". "But they are also a company facing serious criminal charges".

"A principled Liberal is still a Liberal", pointed out Johanne Brownrigg in the Post Millennial.

The fact that Liberals are voicing differences within their government creates more transparency, and it's ultimately good for democracy, Mochama says.

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