HOLTVLUWER: SNC-Lavalin scandal forces Trudeau government into survival mode

Trudeau government to block probe into SNC-Lavalin Scandal

Trudeau government to block probe into SNC-Lavalin Scandal

Canada's former justice minister has quit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet amid allegations Trudeau's office pressured her to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering firm.

First Nations leaders in B.C. characterized Wilson-Raybould's recent demotion from the Justice Department to Veterans Affairs and her treatment by the Liberals as disappointing and a stab in the back.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer calls upon PM Justin Trudeau to waive solicitor client privilege in the SNC-Lavalin case, especially in the wake of Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation from Cabinet today.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he was surprised and disappointed by Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation Tuesday. The list also includes Lametti, the prime minister's chief of staff, Katie Telford, and his principal secretary, Gerald Butts.

Recent statements from unnamed Liberal party insiders to the Canadian Press criticizing Wilson-Raybould's character have prompted backlash from all corners. Citing unnamed sources, the Globe and Mail has reported that officials in the prime minister's office transferred that pressure a year ago to then-attorney general Wilson-Raybould.

Trudeau has denied any wrongdoing and Wilson-Raybould has cited solicitor-client privilege when asked to explain what happened.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons Thursday February 7, 2019 in Ottawa. In recent days, Liberal operatives have attempted to smear Wilson-Raybould's performance even though she was widely seen as a credible and competent Minister throughout her tenure.

He also insisted, as he has since the story broke, that he did not direct Wilson-Raybould to come to any specific conclusions on whether to direct the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to reach an agreement with SNC-Lavalin.

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"We welcome the ethics commissioner's investigation", the prime minister said following an event in Vancouver, Wilson-Raybould's hometown.

Trudeau has lost a unique voice in cabinet, especially on issues that are keenly important to British Columbians, said Ginger Gosnell-Myers, an Indigenous rights researcher and a former Aboriginal relations manager for the City of Vancouver.

"Of course, she said nothing of that to me last fall".

"I'm not going to get ahead of the determination that members of the parliamentary committee make".

"If Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government shut the justice committee's work down, it would send a unsafe signal to Canadians about the state of our democracy", Singh said in a statement.

And on Monday, Trudeau said he welcomed news that federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion has initiated his own investigation into the matter, specifically whether there's been a violation of a Conflict of Interest Act provision which prohibits a public office holder from seeking to influence a decision so as to improperly further another person's private interests.

SNC-Lavalin has been charged with corruption and bribery in a bid to win government contracts in Libya.

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