Trudeau denies his office 'directed' Jody Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin

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They argued the discussions were all perfectly within the law and the government would have been remiss not to deliberate over the fate of the Quebec engineering and construction giant given that a prosecution could bankrupt the company and put thousands of Canadians out of work.

Trudeau has called the allegation false, saying nobody in his office gave direction on the case to Wilson-Raybould.

McLeod said MPs were "puzzled" when Trudeau shuffled Wilson-Raybould to Veterans Affairs.

On Thursday morning in Vaughan, Ont. PM Trudeau told reporters that: "The allegations in the Globe story this morning are false". On the matter of issuing directives to the director of public prosecutions (or "DPP"), the document says: "It is appropriate for the attorney general to consult with cabinet colleagues before exercising his or her powers under the DPP Act in respect of any criminal proceedings, in order to fully assess the public policy considerations relevant to specific prosecutorial decisions".

On the day she was removed from the office of Attorney General by Mr. Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould wrote: "It is a pillar of our democracy that our system of justice be free from even the perception of political interference and uphold the highest levels of public confidence".

The Globe and Mail reported Thursday that Wilson-Raybould was demoted in a cabinet shuffle early last month because she wouldn't intervene in the case of SNC-Lavalin.

David Young the former Attorney General of Ontario during the Progressive Conservative Harris government has now openly called for an investigation into the SNC-Lavalin scandal which has plagued the Trudeau government for the past few days. He's calling for full disclosure.

Scheer says Conservatives on the House of Commons justice committee, along with the New Democrats, will also force an emergency meeting to consider a motion calling on nine high-ranking government officials to testify, including Wilson-Raybould herself. "If he continues to fail to be transparent with Canadians, Conservatives will make every effort and explore every option to make sure Justin Trudeau and his office are held accountable". Lametti said neither he nor Wilson-Raybould were ever directed or pressured to intervene with the director of public prosecutions to drop the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

Rudd added that, based on Wilson-Raybould's activity on Twitter and Facebook, she's clearly "engaged" with her new job.

"At no point has the current minister of justice or the former minister of justice been directed or pressured by the prime minister or the Prime Minister's Office to make any decision on this or any other matter", Virani told the House of Commons on Friday. Again, did anyone in the Prime Minister's Office communicate with the former justice minister about this case, yes or no?

Wilson-Raybould has refused to confirm or deny any of the allegations in the report, despite repeated demands from the opposition in the House of Commons on Thursday for her to answer questions. If the attorney general directs the Public Prosecution Service of Canada on a case, it gets published publically in the Canada Gazette.

The fact that such directives must be done publicly is meant to constrain a justice minister from doing anything overtly political.

"In my mind, it's worse just to have this hanging over the company's head for another several years". "Their competitors would always be reminding clients that you're dealing with someone with outstanding charges against it in its own country".



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