A Brit's Guide To The 'Unprecedented' Scandal That Could Topple Justin Trudeau

A Brit's Guide To The 'Unprecedented' Scandal That Could Topple Justin Trudeau

A Brit's Guide To The 'Unprecedented' Scandal That Could Topple Justin Trudeau

Trudeau and his top aides are accused of pressuring Jody Wilson-Raybould, then Canadian attorney general and justice minister, to go easy on the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin (sncaf), a major Canadian engineering firm.

A leading Cabinet minister in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government resigned Monday (Tuesday NZT), becoming the second minister to step down over a scandal that has shaken the government in an election year.

The crisis engulfing Justin Trudeau's government is deepening, with the self-avowed feminist prime minister of Canada reeling as high-profile female lawmakers jump ship amid an ethics uproar. "They need to come clean with Canadians now".

Andrew Scheer, head of the official opposition Conservative Party, repeated calls for Trudeau to quit amid "ethical rot" he said was undermining the rule of law.

Jane Philpott stepped down from her post as Treasury Board president, saying in a statement that she had "lost confidence" in how the government has dealt with the SNC-Lavalin controversy. "There can be a cost to acting on one's principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them". SNC-Lavalin had lobbied for such a provision in Canadian law.

Trudeau has admitted that he raised the issue of prosecution of the company with Wilson-Raybould, but insisted that he acted appropriately.

Liberal backbencher Celina Caesar-Chavannes, who announced last week she won't seek re-election, tweeted her support Monday for Philpott, as she has done repeatedly for Wilson-Raybould since the SNC-Lavalin controversy erupted a month ago.

February 12 - Wilson-Raybould resigns as veterans-affairs minister and says she's hired former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on the limits of solicitor-client privilege.

Wilson-Raybould refused, and the trial is set to proceed. Trudeau pledged his government will continue this "crucial" work. He also thanked her for serving in his Cabinet - something he notably did not do when Wilson-Raybould quit.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said Philpott's resignation shows the Trudeau government "is in a precarious situation, and I think the entire country is beginning to wonder what kind of impact this will have on the national interest for everybody in the country".

In her statement, Philpott said the allegations had "raised serious concerns". Instead, they wanted her to order negotiation of a remediation agreement with the company that would have levied stiff financial penalties but removed the prospect of a criminal conviction that could cripple the company financially and hurt innocent employees, pensioners and suppliers. Does he still believe he and others around the Prime Minister, and the Prime Minister himself, have done no wrong?

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The woman continued to shout until the Liberal supporters around clapped and cheered to drown out her voice.

He is expected to speak on Wednesday before the House of Commons Justice Committee, which is looking into the matter.

March 2 - Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says she will not be seeking re-election in October in her riding of Whitby, Ont. Caesar-Chavannes says her decision is not related to the SNC Lavalin controversy, although she adds she has "tremendous respect" for Wilson-Raybould.

February 27 - Wilson-Raybould tells the Commons justice committee she came under "consistent and sustained" pressure - including veiled threats - from the Prime Minister's Office, the Privy Council Office and the finance minister's office to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

Both Trudeau and Butts have denied any wrongdoing, calling allegations of political interference false.

Trudeau said that "enjoying our natural world is a huge part of the Canadian identity".

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