Trudeau throws Wilson-Raybould under the SNC-Lavalin bus
The Prime Minister spoke in Winnipeg today after the former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced her resignation from the Liberal cabinet.
The resignation comes at a time when Wilson-Raybould is involved in a scandal regarding attempts by the Prime Minister’s Office to pressure her into intervening in a criminal trial against SNC-Lavalin.
Stocks for the scandal-ridden Quebec-based engineering and construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. surged by nearly 15 percent on the morning after Justin Trudeau’s re-election to a Liberal minority government.
Currently, SNC-Lavalin is facing corruption charges for bribing officials while conducting business in Libya, including bribes to the son of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
The company was at the heart of an election interference scandal that plagued the Trudeau government and resulted in the ejection of former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and MP Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus.
Wilson-Raybould has since been re-elected as an independent candidate for Vancouver Granville.
Trudeau was eventually found to have broken the law and had attempted to politically interfere in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin by the ethics commissioner.
Prior to Trudeau’s re-election, SNC-Lavalin stocks had faced a downturn, falling more than 60 percent over the last year.
During tonight’s English Leaders’ Debate, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was asked which leader he wanted to ask a question of. He quickly pivoted toward Justin Trudeau eliciting laughter from the audience. He then asked Trudeau about the SNC-Lavalin affair: “When did you decide that the rules don’t apply to you?”
Scheer reminded Trudeau that it had been determined that he acted inappropriately in pressuring then-Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to pursue a deferred prosecution agreement with SNC-Lavalin. Scheer said, “You looked Canadians in the eye and told Canadians that the allegations in the Globe and Mail were false.”
Trudeau responded, “They were false” despite the findings of the Ethics Commissioner confirming the Globe and Mail‘s report that he and his government acted inappropriately.
Former Liberal party member, Jody Wilson-Raybould, said that she is “extremely disappointed” with the party and the Prime Minister after seeing Justin Trudeau dressed in brownface.
Wilson-Raybould was recently kicked out of the party. She was one of the casualties of the still-relevant SLC-Lavalin scandal, when she tried to resist the Prime Minister’s attempt to compromise her impartiality while she occupied the position of Attorney General.
“It’s awful,” Wilson-Raybould told reporters on Wednesday. “When I first saw it, I didn’t think it was real.”
The image in question shows a 29-year-old Trudeau at a high school “Arabian Nights” event, decked out in Arabic attire and wearing brown-black makeup on his face and hands.
“But I will say I’m incredibly proud to be an Indigenous person in this country, one that has experienced racism and discrimination.” Wilson-Raybould continued, “It’s completely unacceptable for anybody in a position of authority and power to do something like that.”
Wilson-Raybould is only one of many who are “extremely disappointed” over the brownface scandal.
Jane Philpott, a former health minister who also had to be removed from Trudeau’s caucus during SNC-Lavalin scandal, also voiced her condemnation of the disgraced Prime Minister.
Both are now running as independent candidates.
The RCMP have stopped short of confirming an investigation into the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
According to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, should the RCMP investigate the Trudeau government for the SNC-Lavalin scandal which has shattered the public’s image of the Trudeau government, they would do so seriously.
“Today we’re here for the Mr. Ortis investigation so I don’t want to comment very much. But we do take all investigations very seriously and investigate to the fullest,” said Lucki when asked whether the RCMP wants the government to waive cabinet confidentiality for all witnesses.
Interestingly enough, the RCMP will not confirm or deny an investigation into the Trudeau government, although they have interviewed Jody Wilson-Raybould, and faced difficulty interviewing others due to cabinet confidentiality.
For those tuning in recently, the SNC-Lavalin scandal involves attempted political interference by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with the justice system.
Canada’s Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, found after a six-month investigation that Trudeau improperly influenced then Minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to step in an ongoing criminal case against Quebec-based construction company SNC-Lavalin.
The Ethics Commissioner report went so far as to conclude that Trudeau had contravened Section 9 of the federal Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring the Attorney General.
Commissioner Dion wrote that while Jody Wilson-Raybould was never officially directed to interfere, the influence put forward by the government was “tantamount to political direction.”