Trudeau says there’s been ‘erosion of trust’ between PMO, Wilson-Raybould

Justin Trudeau shares a new version of what happened at his September 2018 meeting with Jody Wilson-Raybould

This prompted her to ask the Prime Minister: "Are you politically interfering with my role as attorney general?"

He admitted he had made mistakes in his handling of the matter and that "there are lessons to be learned from this situation". 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.

Ms. Wilson-Raybould has testified that senior government officials between September and December past year kept returning to the question of the company's pending criminal prosecution, even after she told them her mind was made up and that she supported the director's decision.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said today that, while he agrees with the sentiment expressed in the PPSC's tweet, it's "very troubling" that federal prosecutors felt the need to issue a statement like that amid the SNC-Lavalin uproar. "And she said that she would".

Trudeau also conceded he had mentioned being the MP for the Montreal riding of Papineau, which Wilson-Raybould raised last week as one example of her being asked, inappropriately, to take into account political considerations. "I care about the families, workers and students who live in my riding.it is our job as Parliamentarians to defend the interests of the communities we were elected to represent, to be the voice of those communities in Ottawa".

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What Mr. Trudeau did acknowledge Thursday morning is that he should have paid more attention to growing friction between his staff and Ms. Wilson Raybould. "I realize now that, in addition, I should have done so personally".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday denied accusations of "inappropriate" meddling in the prosecution of a corporate giant, as the country's golden boy leader battles his worst crisis since taking office.

Justin Trudeau said he had learned "lessons" from the crisis, but denied any wrongdoing. "What we saw this morning from PM Trudeau wasn't accountability or an apology - it was the PM blaming everyone but himself", Singh wrote.

He said: "Even though I heard that she had made a decision, she indicated to me that she had made a decision - I asked her if she could revisit that decision, if she was open to considering to looking at it once again, and she said that she would".

Wilson-Raybould also tabled a bill to repeal the Criminal Code prohibition against sodomy, which effectively lowers the age of consent for anal sex from 18 to 16, as part of the Liberal government's reparation for alleged past mistreatment of homosexual persons. In her testimony, the former attorney general spoke of a "barrage of people hounding" her. Butts claimed they just wanted Wilson-Raybould to accept an outside legal opinion on whether or not to negotiate an agreement.

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Wilson-Raybould was unexpectedly demoted to the veterans affairs ministry in January. Another Cabinet member, Jane Philpott, resigned this week, saying she'd lost confidence in the government's inquiry into the allegations of pressure.

He offered no apologies for what has taken place, acknowledged no wrongdoing in what has unfolded since The Globe and Mail reported on February 7 that officials in the Prime Minister's Office put pressure on Ms. Wilson-Raybould to reach a negotiated settlement with SNC-Lavalin.

"Ultimately I believe our government will be stronger for having wrestled with these issues", Trudeau said. "We're at a time where Canadians are anxious about what they see in the news from around the world, the cynicism around our institutions, the polarization in our politics", he said.

"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.

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