Canada political crisis hurts Trudeau's image as elections loom

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks to reporters at a news conference on March 7 in Ottawa Canada. He was accused of interfering in a criminal investigation of SNC-Lavalin a powerful engineering firm

Despite Scheer's continued plea for Trudeau's resignation, he said he won't be introducing a motion of non-confidence against the prime minister, but rather his government will file motions aimed at getting to the bottom of the SNC Lavalin scandal.

He added that while he doesn't think Trudeau's focus is purely an "electoral calculation", his focus on Quebec seats is something former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould mentioned in her testimony last week.

Wilson-Raybould has said she made a final decision on the matter on September 16 and informed Trudeau of that during their meeting the following day, after which she maintains no one should have continued to pressure her on the issue.

"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. And in January, the prime minister effectively demoted her by reassigning her to be the Veterans Affairs minister.

But he added that Wilson-Raybould should have been more forthcoming with her concerns.

In 2015, Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin was charged by Canadian authorities in connection with allegedly using bribes to secure business deals in Muammar Gaddafi-era Libya.

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SNC-Lavalin openly lobbied the Canadian government for an out-of-court settlement that would mean paying a fine and agreeing to stricter compliance measures.

"At no point in time did they direct her (Wilson-Raybould) specifically with a decision (to step in and resolve the corruption and fraud case against SNC-Lavalin)", Sheehan maintained.

"There was never any inappropriate pressure", Trudeau said.

"The decision at issue - whether to invite an organization to enter into negotiations for a remediation agreement - clearly falls within the ambit of prosecutorial discretion and the nature of decisions that prosecutors are regularly called to make in criminal proceedings", she wrote.

We don't determine justice in Canada by who you know in the prime minister's office.

"We are calling on Ottawa to stop its navel-gazing about its internal controversies and fight back", she said. Trudeau on Thursday denied allegations of political meddling in the criminal prosecution of corporate giant SNC-Lavalin that have plunged his liberal government into its worst crisis yet.

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Justin Trudeau rose to power in Canada as a champion of feminism and indigenous rights, quickly earning him golden boy status at home and overseas as a progressive leader. "I asked her if she could revisit that decision, if she was open to considering, to looking at it once again, and she said that she would".

Moe said there have been thousands of jobs lost in the energy sector while Trudeau's government has championed a carbon tax and a bill that would change how environmental assessments are done. After repeatedly refusing to do so, she was removed from her post and given a different Cabinet position instead.

For his part, Trudeau, speaking in Toronto Friday, without issuing an apology, said the matter "has generated an important discussion" about how ministers, staff and officials conduct themselves.

On Wednesday, the Liberal MPs on the committee, who have a 5-4 majority, blocked an opposition call for her return.

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.

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She told the Prime Minister she anxious that Wilson-Raybauld might wonder if the move was connected to the SNC-Lavalin affair. The Liberals say they found Butts credible while Conservative and NDP MPs say they did not.

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