Trudeau under fire over interference allegations in fraud case

Trudeau under fire over interference allegations in fraud case

Trudeau under fire over interference allegations in fraud case

The Globe and Mail reports Trudeau's office was pressured by SNC-Lavalin to help them make a deal after they were accused of paying bribes to get business from the Libyan government. This Globe and Mailstory strongly suggests the answer is yes, to both questions. CBC News has not independently verified the claims.

Trudeau denied the allegations yesterday.

"The allegations in the Globe story this morning are false. At no time did I or my office direct the current or previous attorney-general to make any particular decision in this matter", Mr. Trudeau told reporters on Thursday at a transit-related appearance in Vaughan, Ont.

The bombshell report prompted intense backlash in the House of Commons on Thursday.

If the Prime Minister's Office was trying to pressure Wilson-Raybould on a decision on a criminal case, rather than just discuss general issues, that would violate a constitutional principle.

"Even more shocking, the prime minister may have fired her from her role as our country's first Indigenous justice minister and attorney general", said McLeod, the Conservative party's Indigenous Affairs critic. And is Wilson-Raybould, who as attorney general was legal advisor to the government, truly bound by secrecy in responding to the allegation? "However, it is quite 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", it says.

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In Trudeau's absence from the House of Commons yesterday, Lametti faced a barrage of questions about the allegations, which he repeatedly denied.

NDP MPs Charlie Angus and Nathan Cullen on Friday wrote to ethics commissioner Mario Dion, suggesting the allegations could represent a breach of a provision of the Conflict of Interest Act that prohibits public office holders from giving "preferential treatment to any person or organization". She added that if the allegations are true, the fallout would be "deadly".

"When the lobbyists meet with someone, they have to register and register what it was about", she said.

Liberal MP Kim Rudd defended the government's response and described Lametti's words in the House of Commons as "very clear". As justice minister, Wilson-Raybould would have been involved in those discussions. "We are now learning that the government threw her under the bus".

"You use the term "firing.' I use the term, 'being moved to a portfolio" - because Scott Brison resigned, of course, that's why there was a shuffle", she said.

"I think it shows a real face of the Liberals and their millionaire friends", Boulerice said.

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"Canadians deserve answers", he said.

With a federal election coming later this year, Bryant said the situation is particularly complicated. These agreements can include having the company accept responsibility, denounce the wrongdoing, vow to implement corrective measures, and pay financial penalties.

The attorney general can give the director of public prosecutions directives on general issues and on individual cases, provided the directives are in writing and published in the Canada Gazette, the federal register.

The governing Liberals amended the Criminal Code as part of an omnibus budget implementation bill in 2018 to allow these kinds of agreements.

The Globe and Mail has reported-citing sources speaking on condition of anonymity- that Wilson-Raybould was leaned on to have federal prosecutors pursue the remediation agreement but she was unwilling.

That left her successor at Justice, Lametti, to fend off opposition charges on Thursday of political interference in the justice system.

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He said what has transpired with the SNC Lavalin prosecution and efforts by the company to reach a negotiated settlement should be made public for Canadians.

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