Trudeau insists he didn't apply inappropriate pressure to justice minister before resignation

Justin Trudeau regrets 'erosion of trust' over political scandal

Justin Trudeau regrets 'erosion of trust' over political scandal

The Trudeau Administration claims that it felt obligated to try to save Quebecois jobs after the company indicated that it might leave Canada if it was taken to court and that Wilson-Raybould's reshuffling in his Cabinet was a purely administrative affair and nothing political, though critics believe that the pressure that was placed upon her was entirely political and meant to keep Quebec in the liberal camp ahead of this October's general elections. "As prime minister and leader of the federal ministry, I should have been".

"I am firmly convinced that nothing happened here beyond the normal operations of government", Butts said. He and his officials just wanted to talk about the case, and about options for reconsidering her decision against intervening in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

"I can repeat and reassure Canadians that there was no breakdown of our systems, of our rule of law, of the integrity of our institutions", Mr Trudeau told a news conference.

Scheer made it clear that discussions between the Prime Minister's Office and then-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould about using a deferred prosecution in the case to protect thousands of Canadian jobs isn't the issue. I think that's the way we should operate and it is in effect what I thought she was open to doing during this period.

The Quebec-based firm is one of the world's largest engineering and construction companies.

SNC-Lavalin, which employs 9,000 people in Canada and tens of thousands overseas, is accused of bribing Libyan officials to get contracts between 2001 and 2011.

In Canada, the attorney general is supposed to exercise independent prosecutorial discretion, without any political interference.

A second minister of Trudeau's cabinet also resigned on Monday.

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"What I expect from all of my ministers, and from myself, and by the way it's something that Ms. Wilson-Raybould had always demonstrated as long as I've known her, is that she listens to different points of view and in the end makes her decision". One senior party member, who had previously voiced concerns, said Trudeau was right not to apologize.

She said Trudeau and top-level staffers "hounded" her over four months when she was justice minister in a "consistent and sustained effort to seek to politically interfere" in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, including "veiled threats" against her.

A remediation agreement would allow SNC-Lavalin to avoid criminal charges and instead require them to pay any required penalties, admit and condemn the wrongdoing, and put in place corrective measures. A conviction would prevent them from bidding on federal contracts. And he did hold out an olive branch to the former ministers when asked how they can remain in the Liberal caucus and run for the Liberal party in this fall's election, given their lack of confidence in his leadership.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer again demanded Mr Trudeau resign and accused him of trying to justify and normalise corruption.

What has previously been said? .

Following days of testimony by Wilson-Raybould and others before the House of Commons justice committee, Trudeau said he now understands how badly relations between his office and Wilson-Raybould had soured over the affair, and took some responsibility.

She said this continued after she made the decision not to offer SNC-Lavalin an agreement.

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