A political scandal surrounding Canadian PM Justin Trudeau. What's going on?


"I was not aware of that erosion of trust".

His office announced that the prime minister will speak directly to Canadians about the crisis Thursday morning in Ottawa and take questions from reporters.

She told the Prime Minister she anxious that Wilson-Raybauld might wonder if the move was connected to the SNC-Lavalin affair.

She warned that Canada is at risk of setting a bad precedent if attempts to supply "new" information are instinctually accepted by prosecutors, exposing them to endless counter-arguments.

Minutes after the prime minister's former principal secretary left the justice committee hearing, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh denounced his "baseless" testimony and renewed his call for a public inquiry. He said that no inappropriate pressure had been applied.

Butts acknowledged officials had expressed concern that prosecution could endanger thousands of jobs, but said, "I firmly believe here that nothing inappropriate occurred here and nothing inappropriate was alleged to have occurred until after the Cabinet shuffle".

Mr. Butts chalked it up to different perspectives, but it was more. A second minister, Jane Philpott, resigned this week over Trudeau's handling of the matter.

"The truth can not be experienced differently".

"Previous prime ministers benefited from experience and seniority, or respect, or fear, or just the feeling that they knew the way better than anybody else".

Butts disagrees on the timeline and nature of the interactions, saying that it was "inconceivable" that anyone in the Prime Minister's office would act in such a manner, and he said that no government official, Trudeau included, would "direct or ask the attorney general to negotiate a remediation agreement".

There, she alleged that she faced high-level "veiled threats" and "sustained" political interference from almost a dozen senior officials for months, to seek a deferred prosecution agreement for SNC-Lavalin, which is facing bribery and corruption charges over business dealings in Libya. The engineering giant is headquartered in Montreal and she maintains Trudeau pointed out that's where his own Papineau riding is.

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A conviction against SNC-Lavalin could result in the company being barred from bidding on federal contracts for a decade, potentially endangering as many as 9,000 jobs. As part of their campaign, some "urged me to take partisan political considerations into account", she said. The exchange followed a meeting Prince had with Butts and Katie Telford, Trudeau's chief of staff.

If there was a running theme through Butts's testimony, it was a line of neon tubing that arranged itself to spell out "JOBS JOBS JOBS".

Butts didn't attack Wilson-Raybould personally, saying he and his wife considered Wilson-Raybould and her husband friends, and that he regrets the miscommunications he believes led to what has happened, for which he holds himself partly responsible. "Mathieu Bouchard and Elder Marques are incredibly accomplished lawyers of sterling reputations and it is inconceivable to me that they would engage in this sort of behaviour".

Her department prepared the report, which she said constituted legal advice, but before sending the report to the Privy Council Office, Drouin consulted Wilson-Raybould. "And we also made it clear that she was free to accept that opinion, or not", Butts said.

Both have said they intend to stay in the Liberal caucus and have been nominated to seek re-election, despite their public criticisms of their leader.

Beech did not respond to repeated interview requests.

Nor did Whitby Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, who used Twitter to suggest Trudeau hadn't been open to two approaches she's made to him but didn't offer any details.

Since Wilson-Raybould's testimony, opposition parties have called for Wernick, who is supposed to be non-partisan, to be fired.

The committee killed two motions today that are obviously needed to determine the facts in this matter.

He said he only learned of Wilson-Raybould's perception of events when she testified at the committee last week, and that she made up her mind in September to not provide SNC-Lavalin a deal.