Federal Conservatives not introducing non-confidence motion against Trudeau

Federal Conservatives not introducing non-confidence motion against Trudeau

In a ruling Friday, the Federal Court of Canada tossed out the Montreal-based engineering firm's plea for judicial review of the 2018 decision by the director of public prosecutions. "She did not come to me and I wish she had", he said.

SNC expressed its disappointment with the decision later on Friday. He said it merely gives Ottawa an "excuse" for the SNC-Lavalin affair. The company asked the Federal Court to order Roussel to negotiate an agreement.

"It is a fundamental doctrine of the rule of law that our Attorney General should not be subjected to political pressure or interference regarding the exercise of her prosecutorial discretion in criminal cases", Philpott wrote in the resignation letter to Trudeau. A reading of the relevant sections of the Criminal Code suggests that SNC-Lavalin was ineligible for a remediation agreement on multiple grounds: because of the severity of the crimes of which it is accused; because it has not admitted corporate responsibility; because it did not voluntarily disclose its alleged wrongdoing; because the chief argument for waving all these away, WHAT ABOUT THE JOBZ, is expressly precluded from consideration.

The comments, made at a news conference in Ottawa, seem unlikely to stop the swirl of questions about a controversy that has already cost Trudeau two female Cabinet ministers and a key aide - and could shape his prospects in an upcoming election.

The most recent resignation comes from Treasury Board President Jane Philpott, one of the Prime Minister's top Cabinet ministers.

Hajdu, who acknowledged that the combined justice minister and attorney general role is different than that of a typical cabinet minister, said she has never felt pressured by Trudeau or anyone on his staff.

"In regards to standing up for jobs and defending the integrity of our rule of law, I continue to say there was no inappropriate pressure", Mr Trudeau said.

"Previously, it was only after intense pressure that Liberal MPs on the justice committee allowed this investigation to start, and only after intense pressure from Canadians did Justin Trudeau even partially allow Ms. Wilson-Raybould to speak", Scheer said. "Expect us to make correct decisions, stand for what is right and exit when values are compromised", she also tweeted. The Liberals, with a majority government, were able to defeat it. "We want corporations to succeed to the point jobs are created, but not offering them benefits that normal Canadians don't get".

Opposition Conservative Andrew Scheer leader has demanded that Trudeau resign, saying he tried to interfere in a criminal prosecution.

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For a hint of how things might play out, many will look to the March 19 federal budget vote.

"We had heard representations from various sources, including the company itself, that this was an issue of deep concern to them and that it would potentially have consequences as dire as the company having to leave Canada altogether, and that would be something that obviously would have a severe impact on the thousands of people employed right across the country", Trudeau said.

The company sought what's called a deferred prosecution agreement.

Trudeau called the issue involving SNC-Lavalin "a tough one".

It was a message of contrition, but there was no apology from Justin Trudeau as he faced reporters in the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

"The Inuit who were apologized to today matter".

Not to worry, Trudeau and his crew say, the usually moribund Ethics Commissioner will probe this whole, unfortunate misunderstanding with the tenacity of a chihuahua and likely report his findings to Parliament after the October 2019 election.

Throughout the political uproar, SNC-Lavalin's court action has been simmering.

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