Justin Trudeau regrets 'erosion of trust' over political scandal

Justin Trudeau regrets 'erosion of trust' over political scandal

Justin Trudeau regrets 'erosion of trust' over political scandal

People looking for more defections from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet can cross Ahmed Hussen's name on any list of potentials.

Not to worry, Trudeau and his crew say, the usually moribund Ethics Commissioner will probe this whole, unfortunate misunderstanding with the tenacity of a chihuahua and likely report his findings to Parliament after the October 2019 election.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday addressed the political scandal rocking Ottawa, saying he's learned "lessons" but stopping short of an actual apology.

But in testimony before the justice committee, Wilson-Raybould said members of Trudeau's inner circle continued to "hound" her from September to December past year, after she made known her decision not to offer SNC-Lavalin a deal.

In Canada 2 high-profile women ministers in Mr. Trudeau's Cabinet, including Canada's 1st indigenous justice minister, resigned in protest, and his Top aide and best friend quit too.

Patty Hajdu, the minister of employment, workforce development and labour, was later asked about Trudeau's response to the scandal and reaffirmed her support for the prime minister. The deputy minister, for her part, "said that Finance had told her that they want to make sure that Kathleen understands the impact if we do nothing in this case".

At the heart of the crisis are claims that Trudeau and his team pressured Canada's first indigenous attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to cut a deal with an engineering firm from Trudeau's home province and the implication that he demoted

"In regards to standing up for jobs and defending the integrity of our rule of law, I continue to say there was no inappropriate pressure", Mr Trudeau said.

Justin Trudeau offered up a mea culpa over the SNC Lavalin affair that was more mea than culpa.

SNC-Lavalin, which employs some 9,000 people in Canada and tens of thousands overseas, is accused of bribing Libyan officials to get contracts between 2001 and 2011.

"It's a pseudo-scandal. It's crap".

He also acknowledged mentioning to her that he was speaking as an elected representative from Quebec, where jobs were on the line, but claimed the comment was not "of a partisan nature". On Friday, they renewed their calls for Trudeau to resign.

It seems that Wilson-Raybould was ready for this when she testified last week that the day before the cabinet shuffle, her deputy minister was warned by the clerk of the privy council that the first item of business for the new minister of justice would be SNC-Lavalin.

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SNC-Lavalin has a lost a court bid to overturn the public prosecutor's refusal to negotiate an agreement that would see the company avoid a criminal trial. The company is a major employer in Quebec, Trudeau's home province. He said he's fighting to protect Canadian jobs but also noted the company is facing criminal charges and his country could face job losses. The new AG has not ruled out approving a settlement.

Jody Wilson-Raybould was swept out of cabinet for not giving Trudeau the decision he wanted.

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".

In that speech, Freeland criticized Donald Trump's leadership style and American tariffs on Canadian products.

The differences among Canadian media outlets, for example, are "relatively narrow compared to the chasms between Fox and MSNBC or CNN".

Rather, they would imply it in sombre tones at a justice committee hearing and a press conference where they graciously pointed out that two people can have two different interpretations of the same event. Why, she had even declined to meet with the former Supreme Court judge, Frank Iacobucci, whom the company had retained as counsel, the man Wernick pointedly described to Wilson-Raybould as "no shrinking violet".

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Trudeau didn't apologize for his own actions and what he said raised more questions than it answered.

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