Canada court dismisses SNC-Lavalin's bid for agreement to avoid criminal prosecution

Canada court dismisses SNC-Lavalin's bid for agreement to avoid criminal prosecution

Marcel Chartrand, a communications professor at the University of Ottawa, is nevertheless optimistic that Trudeau's party and Canadians in general will forgive his missteps.

"I think he failed to show true contrition", said Janet Brown, an independent pollster and political analyst based in Calgary, Alberta.

"If reconciliation is really the government's primary goal and responsibility ..."

When she first spoke to the committee last week, she was prevented from speaking about experiences she had after she was shuffled out of the attorney general role.

She also said Trudeau clearing Wilson-Raybould to discuss the SNC decision before the justice committee was "a clear example of open government". "It is at this level that we continued, that my office continued to have conversations at different moments with her".

Caesar-Chavannes also detailed another encounter with Trudeau in the House of Commons a week later, in which she describes him as acting hostile toward her.

Trudeau blamed the crisis on an "erosion of trust" between his office and the cabinet.

"I am firmly convinced that nothing happened here beyond the normal operations of government", Butts said. He closed by trying to look ahead.

Local MP Richard Cannings says the Prime Minister is stonewalling.

Hours before Moe spoke, Trudeau addressed the SNC-Lavalin affair, which centres on alleged efforts to pressure the attorney general to prevent a bribery trial of a Montreal-based engineering firm.

That solution would have avoided a potential criminal conviction that would bar the company from receiving any federal government business for a decade.




The spotlight in the SNC-Lavalin affair has shifted to rookie Justice Minister David Lametti now that a court has rejected the company's bid to force the public prosecutor to pursue an alternative to criminal proceedings.

Trudeau said on Thursday that his government had done nothing illegal after accusations of hindering the prosecution of giant Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin. "Sadly, I have lost confidence in how the government has dealt with this matter and in how it has responded to the issues raised".

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. She hired a renowned lawyer but declined to say more. And Wilson-Raybould, an experienced lawyer and Indigenous leader, may not be comfortable with the policies of either the Conservatives or the NDP.

Not so long ago, he would have said: "Better is always possible" - and half the country would have reached for their revolvers.

It did not work.

While the government is eager to move forward from the crisis, Wilson-Raybould has expressed interest in returning to the justice committee to further testify, saying in a statement her testimony "was not a complete account but only a detailed summary".

On Monday, another key minister, Jane Philpott, resigned over Trudeau's handling of the case. "That was the entirety of our advice to the attorney general which we made clear she was free to accept, or not", Butts said.

On Wednesday, Butts offered testimony of his own. He denied wrongdoing but acknowledged a breakdown of trust between Trudeau and his Cabinet.

Mr Trudeau and other officials deny doing anything improper by asking Ms Wilson-Raybould to consider offering SNC-Lavalin a deal to avoid a trial on charges of bribing Libyan officials.

"Never before in the history of Canadian parliament has cabinet confidentiality been waived.to allow Jody to tell her story", Sheehan said, speaking to SooToday Thursday, acknowledging the extraordinary nature of the explosive story.

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