Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced questions Thursday amid the ongoing firestorm surrounding SNC-Lavalin following Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony on Wednesday. Trudeau maintained his stance that there were “differences in perspective” on the events but said his government would continue to defend the rule of law. He also said none of the officials named by Wilson-Raybould in her testimony had been contacted by the RCMP.
Opposition calls for Trudeau to resign as PM, seeks inquiry into SNC-Lavalin scandal
Speaking to reporters in Ottawa Wednesday, Opposition leader Andrew Scheer declared that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has lost the moral authority to govern, and must immediately resign. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh called for a national public inquiry into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s involvement in the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
Trudeau ‘definitely not in agreement’ after Wilson-Raybould details pressure in SNC-Lavalin affair
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is “definitely not in agreement” with the testimony from former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould that she faced a “sustained effort” and “veiled threats” to intervene in the criminal case of SNC-Lavalin. Speaking with reporters from Montreal, Trudeau said he had not yet listened to all of Wilson-Raybould’s explosive first public comments on the allegations that multiple officials from within his office tried to pressure her to intervene to help the Montreal engineering firm avoid a criminal trial. But even so, he said said he disagrees with her characterization of what happened.
Wilson-Raybould describes the moment conversations with Trudeau became “inappropriate”
Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould described for the House of Commons justice committee the moment that her conversations with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the SNC-Lavalin case became “inappropriate.” Wilson-Raybould said bringing up the topic of elections in the province of Quebec, as it relates to the Quebec-based company, represented a red line for her. SNC-Lavalin is facing criminal charges for corruption and fraud. If convicted, it would receive a 10-year ban on bidding for government contracts.
Jody Wilson-Raybould’s FULL statement to Commons justice committee
Eleven people were part of what former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould is describing as a “sustained effort” to pressure her into intervening in the case of SNC-Lavalin — and the prime minister himself told her they needed to “find a solution.” In her first public comments describing her side of the case, Wilson-Raybould offered explosive new details about what she called “veiled threats” made against her as part of a campaign to reverse the decision by public prosecutors to pursue criminal prosecution of the Montreal engineering giant.
Justin Trudeau asked me to “help out” with SNC-Lavalin: Wilson-Raybould
Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould described for the House of Commons justice committee her conversation with PM Justin Trudeau on the SNC-Lavalin case, saying Trudeau asked her to “help out” with the Quebec company as there was an election coming up in the province. SNC-Lavalin is facing criminal charges for corruption and fraud. If convicted, it would receive a 10-year ban on bidding for government contracts.