Canada's Justin Trudeau denies impropriety, offers no apology

Canada's Justin Trudeau denies impropriety, offers no apology

Canada's Justin Trudeau denies impropriety, offers no apology

"I have never raised partisan considerations" with former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, Trudeau told a press conference.

According to testimony by his former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada's first indigenous woman to hold that position, she was pressured by the government to drop criminal proceedings against the influential Quebec-based SNC-Lavalin engineering company for allegedly bribing Gaddafi-era officials in Libya and allow it to settle out of court through a so-called "deferred prosecution agreement" that was added to the criminal code previous year through the efforts of its lobbyists.

At Thursday's news conference Trudeau picked up this theme, saying Wilson-Raybould should have come to him if she felt pressured.

A criminal conviction would ban SNC from receiving federal contracts for 10 years under current rules.

Wilson-Raybould previously told the committee she was subjected to relentless, inappropriate pressure to stop the trial of the engineering and construction giant on bribery and fraud charges related to contracts in Libya. Trudeau, 47, came to power in November 2015 promising more accountability and a greater number of women in the Cabinet.

But in the last week, she's sent off dozens of tweets about former justice minister Wilson Raybould's testimony about the SNC-Lavalin affair.

"Last night you heard Gerald Butts telling a story with a totally different perspective on what had happened".

"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".

"I was not aware of that erosion of trust, and as prime minister and leader of the federal ministry, I should have been", he said.

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She has testified that she believes she lost the justice job because she did not give in to "sustained" pressure to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin.

Alberta's Rachel Notley accused Justin Trudeau of focusing on Quebec jobs at a time when the west is facing dire economic issues.

Sheehan did not directly address the question of if he feels the Liberals are in for a fight as the October 21, 2019 federal election approaches. He can not be prime minister of Canada unless he and his Quebec Liberal MPs are re-elected in the fall election. "This is who I will continue to be".

He implied that this misunderstanding, which he said surprised him, was born of a lack of reasonableness and open-mindedness on the part of Ms. Wilson-Raybould.

Wilson-Raybould, the former attorney general who says she faced pressure from senior Liberals to interfere in the corruption case against SNC-Lavalin, has been limited in what she can say about the events.

Among those policies was requiring employers to sign a pro-abortion, pro-transgenderism attestation to receive Canada Job Grants; earmarking $650 million to push abortion in the developing world, with $241 million of that specifically for abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International; and forcing public servants to take a pro-LGBT "gender equality" test, with unspecified consequences if they refused or failed to provide the appropriate "feminist" answers. However, he confessed that there are lessons to be learned.

Her decision means SNC-Lavalin's only hope of avoiding trial is for the new attorney general, David Lametti, to agree to a so-called deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) that would see the company pay a big fine instead.

"It's now beyond dispute that he and his office bullied and threatened Ms. Wilson-Raybould to get her to let SNC-Lavalin off the hook (and) when she resisted the attempts he fired her", Scheer added.

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