Prime Minister Denies Wilson-Raybould's Claim of Interference on SNC-Lavalin
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he completely disagrees with his former attorney general and says that he and staff always acted appropriately on a potential prosecution of Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.
Former attorney general and justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould testified Wednesday that she experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people in Trudeau's government to inappropriately interfere in the matter, including receiving "veiled threats."
Wilson-Raybould told the committee it was "incredibly inappropriate'' but said she didn't think it was illegal. She said 11 people tried to interfere in her prosecutorial discretion including Trudeau.
Trudeau says the decision to avoid a prosecution and enter into a remediation agreement with Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin was hers and hers alone.
Following Wilson-Raybould's testimony, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer addressed the media and said Justin Trudeau has lost the moral authority to govern and is calling on the prime minister to resign.
Scheer says RCMP needs to open a criminal investigation into what the Liberal government did to help in the case.
He says that given what Wilson-Raybould laid out in her testimony, Trudeau can no longer lead the nation.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says Trudeau may have to step for down eventually, but for now he's repeating his call for a public inquiry and an investigation by the Mounties into the SNC-Lavalin affair.