Pressure mounts on Trudeau to RESIGN after scandal – 'Canadians KNOW WHAT YOU'VE DONE!'
Mr Trudeau is mired in controversy after it emerged former justice secretary Jody Wilson-Raybould was pressurised into dropping a bribery and corruption trial against engineering and construction firm SNV-Lavalin and instead impose a heavy fine. The Prime Minister’s Office insist there was no wrongdoing and have dismissed calls for Mr Trudeau to quit.
But Mr Scheer told MPs: “Justin Trudeau simply cannot continue to govern this country now that Canadians know what he has done.
“And that is why I am calling on Mr Trudeau to do the right thing and to resign.”
Mr Trudeau, who was not in the chamber to hear Mr Scheer’s statement, is battling to hold on to his premiership after his administration was rocked by the scandal.
The 47-year-old is accused of letting aides from his office inappropriately pressure former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould into dropping a prosecution against construction giant SNC-Lavalin.
Yesterday Ms Wilson-Raybould, the woman at the centre of the scandal, told her “truth” on the affair at an extraordinary hearing before Canada’s House of Commons’ justice committee.
Ms Wilson-Raybould, who resigned her cabinet post earlier this month after being demoted to veterans’ affairs minister, said she faced pressure and “veiled threats” to pursue a deferred prosecution agreement against SNC-Lavalin.
Mr Trudeau feared a criminal conviction against the firm would lead to a pounding in October’s general election as it would have been barred from bidding on Canadian federal contracts for 10 years, forcing thousands of job losses and the potential relocation of the company to Britain.
Ms Wilson-Raybould told the committee: “For a period of four months from September to December 2018, I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the attorney general of Canada in an inappropriate effort to secure a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with SNC-Lavalin.”
The scandal has threatened to tear apart Mr Trudeau’s government whose image is based on honesty and transparency.
Mr Scheer continued his attack by accusing the Prime Minister of allowing a “systemic culture of corruption to take root in his office and those of his most senior cabinet and public service colleagues”.