The Prime Minister is dealing with a major scandal in Ottawa. Justin Trudeau has denied a report in the Globe and Mail about a potentially incendiary allegation that his office told former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help SNC Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution. The company has faced allegations it paid millions of dollars in bribes to get government business in Libya, which would be a crime under Canadian law. As attorney general, Wilson-Raybould could have become involved by directing federal prosecutors to negotiate a “remediation agreement,” which is a way of holding an organization to account for wrongdoing without a formal finding of guilt. The Globe and Mail reports that SNC Lavalin repeatedly lobbied Trudeau’s aides for a deal and that his office leaned on Wilson-Raybould to make it happen.
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Disturbing reports today of Justin Trudeau's office interfering with a criminal prosecution. In #QP I asked clear questions on behalf of Canadians to get answers. This is starting to look like the beginning of a cover up and I will make every effort to hold him to account. pic.twitter.com/v4cz7ppyLf
— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) February 8, 2019
Justin Trudeau must immediately come clean about who in his office allegedly pressured the Attorney General to interfere in a criminal prosecution. Nothing short of full disclosure is acceptable. Canadians deserve answers. pic.twitter.com/YrllEXepxR
— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) February 7, 2019