Scheer urges Trudeau to lift ‘gag order’ on Wilson-Raybould

Scheer urges Trudeau to lift ‘gag order’ on Wilson-Raybould

"As prime minister. I should have been", Mr Trudeau said.

"People south of the border would be astonished to think that this is the type of scandal that they have in Canada", said Eddie Goldenberg, a former adviser to former Prime Minister Jean Chretien.

Mr Trudeau called a news conference to address allegations that improper pressure was put on former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to help construction firm SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a criminal trial.

Another tweet that sparked controversy tapped into the argument made by Trudeau and his former top aide that they urged Wilson-Raybould to consider the 9,000 jobs they say were at stake in the SNC-Lavalin case. The high-profile loss of so many skilled jobs might have turned the province towards the Conservatives, or so some are speculating, which might be why Trudeau's team allegedly and unethically interfered in this case. "I never said that", she said, before politely excusing herself to deal with an octopus she was pressure-cooking.

There's no doubt that trouble's brewing up north, but whether or not it'll topple Trudeau's government - let alone through the possible scenario of early elections - is another matter entirely.

SNC-Lavalin lobbied Trudeau government to water down penalties to avoid ban on receiving public contracts.

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.

In its October 19 submission to the Federal Court, the company said while the public prosecutor has discretion to decide whether to open negotiations on a remediation agreement, this discretion "is not unfettered and must be exercised reasonably" under the law. The new attorney general has not ruled out approving a settlement.

Trudeau's former adviser Gerry Butts defended the prime minister yesterday in the House of Commons, telling the justice committee that "nothing happened here beyond the normal operations of government".

"I don't see anything racist about that at all", Copps said.

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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals must lift a "gag order" and ensure Jody Wilson-Raybould can speak the full truth about the circumstances around her decision to leave cabinet.

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.

Overall, Justin Trudeau is scoring better than the Liberal party as a whole.

Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says Trudeau was angry when she told him on February 12 of her plans to announce she was not running in the October federal election.

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

She said this continued after she made the decision not to offer SNC-Lavalin an agreement.

And despite the abundance of coverage on the SNC-Lavalin scandal, the lawyer, husband and father of three who grew up in both Regent Park and Hamilton after coming to Canada from war-torn Somalia said the Liberal government has been "busy working to lift hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty". Not long after, Wilson-Raybould resigned from her cabinet post.

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.

But, she added, "I'm not sure Trump is a good reference point here".

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