Trudeau denies 'partisan' meddling in prosecution

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A weekly tracking poll released by Nanos Research on Tuesday put the Conservatives at 35 per cent public support, with the Liberals at 34 per cent.

"It would have sent a very clear message to Canadians, who are, queasy, I suppose is the way I would put it, about the sight of the government of Canada at war with itself".

In Trudeau's cockeyed calculus, his meeting with Wilson-Raybould was not about "partisanship" or pressure, but a humble member of parliament doing his job.

"When you boil it all down, all we ever asked the attorney general to do was to consider a second opinion", Butts said.

Mr. Trudeau reportedly leaned on the AG to instruct prosecutors to reach the equivalent of plea deal, which would avoid a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, because he felt that jobs were at stake.

Philpott's was the third resignation, so far, in the ongoing SNC-Lavalin affair that has shrouded the Prime Minister's Office in scandal.

Notley said earlier this week that Trudeau needs to get back to work defending jobs and farmers, especially since China has started blocking import shipments of Canadian canola.

Scheer said his party will be introducing motions "aimed at getting to the bottom of this" but a motion of non-confidence is not on the table.

Why, she had even declined to meet with the former Supreme Court judge, Frank Iacobucci, whom the company had retained as counsel, the man Wernick pointedly described to Wilson-Raybould as "no shrinking violet". If the company was criminally convicted they could be banned from securing Canadian government contracts for a decade, potentially putting jobs on the line.

Imagine the breadth and strength of Wilson-Raybould's will and conviction to defy such an overt entreaty from the prime minister of Canada.

Goldsmith- Jones, who has already been confirmed as the Liberal candidate for the riding in the coming election, said she remains "100 per cent behind" moving forward with the government's agenda and hopes Wilson-Raybould and Philpott remain on the Liberal benches.

She called it "inappropriate".

The Canadian PressPrime Minister Justin Trudeau and Veterans Affairs Minister Jodie Wilson-Raybould attend a swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on January 14, 2019. "And when there's an erosion of trust within the people involved, it further complicates what is already a hard decision for the attorney general".

Oh, and Trudeau's faithful female surrogates in the cabinet would appear on radio and television to testify that their former cabinet colleague was certainly entitled to tell "her" truth, which may not, however, reflect the objective truth.

"And as long as I was the attorney general I was going to ensure that the independence of the director of public prosecutions in the exercise of their discretion was not interfered with".

Trudeau denied her office had been threatened and said the decision was hers alone.

He acknowledged there had been a breakdown in trust and communications between his office and Ms Wilson-Raybould.

She quit veterans affairs a week after the Globe published a story on the SNC-Lavalin affair based on anonymous sources, and a day after Trudeau told reporters her presence in cabinet "speaks for itself". How many times do companies need to be caught before their company leaders change their business practises at home or overseas? It has about 9,000 employees in Canada and more than 50,000 worldwide.

Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer kept the heat turned way up on Justin Trudeau during a visit to Manitoba Friday. As Wilson-Raybould mused to the committee, "I can't help but wonder why he would bring that up".

"A principled Liberal is still a Liberal", pointed out Johanne Brownrigg in the Post Millennial.