Trudeau denies 'partisan' meddling in prosecution

Trudeau denies 'partisan' meddling in prosecution

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government's handling of a political crisis that could dash his chances of winning re-election in October, while admitting some mistakes had been made.

Hajdu, who acknowledged that the combined justice minister and attorney general role is different than that of a typical cabinet minister, said she has never felt pressured by Trudeau or anyone on his staff.

Trudeau himself discussed the case with Wilson-Raybould once last September 17, but denied any undue pressure was applied on her.

This ruling also factors into the scandal the Trudeau Liberals are facing around the issue of alleged "inappropriate pressure" on the former Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to overrule the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Kathleen Roussel to not grant SNC-Lavalin a remediation agreement. "So, he is in that kinda mood and I wanted you to be aware of that", Wilson-Raybould testified.

Trudeau digressed from his explanation for several minutes to talk about how his leadership style was vastly different from his father, Pierre Trudeau, who was prime minister for 15 years.

Days after resigning from cabinet over the SNC-Lavalin affair, Jane Philpott has made her first public remarks, speaking at an International Women's Day event in Ottawa.

"I'm making an Inuit apology this afternoon", Trudeau said.

The scandal centers on allegations that Trudeau's inner circle intervened to shield the firm, that generates billions of Canadian dollars in revenue, from a bribery trial.

SNC-Lavalin openly lobbied the Canadian government for an out-of-court settlement under a new law that would mean paying a fine and agreeing to compliance measures.

There are no jobs lost - just a Calgary, Vancouver or Toronto company, and not a Quebec company, that employs a few thousand workers and hopefully makes a bit of a profit.

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"At no point in time did they direct her (Wilson-Raybould) specifically with a decision (to step in and resolve the corruption and fraud case against SNC-Lavalin)", Sheehan maintained.

Last month, the Canadian Press reported that Fergus, who is the chair of Parliament's black caucus, said the government's bureaucracy has been slow to act on the promises Trudeau made around equal opportunity and treatment for black Canadians at a Black History Month speech past year. "I think the heart of the matter is the conduct of the federal government and the global activities of SNC-Lavalin". "He's the prime minister for all Canadians".

"As we look back over the past weeks", he said, "there are many lessons to be learned and many things that we would like to have done differently, and that is certainly part of the reflection we need to have going forward".

The crisis has prompted the resignation of two high- profile Liberal cabinet ministers and Trudeau's closest political aide, Gerald Butts.

Trudeau was expected to strike a conciliatory tone but at times sounded defensive.

Ms Wilson-Raybould, unexpectedly demoted to the veterans affairs ministry in January, quit on February 12.

In those various meetings, they repeatedly raised concerns about the possibility of job losses and potential political ramifications of a trial, she said.

On Wednesday, the Liberal MPs on the committee, who have a 5-4 majority, blocked an opposition call for her return.

Trudeau's government has "allowed for some diversity of thought", Mochama said.

Under a 2018 federal law, prosecutors may negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement with corporate offenders.