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Trudeau denies claims PMO pressured justice minister to help SNCLavalin avoid prosecution

first_imgThe Globe reports that SNC-Lavalin repeatedly lobbied Justin Trudeau’s aides for a deal and Trudeau’s office leaned on Wilson-Raybould to make it happen.No such agreement was ever reached and Wilson-Raybould was moved to be minister of veterans affairs in a January cabinet shuffle.Meantime, Trudeau is denying the serious claims being levelled in the report.“At no time did I or my office direct the current or previous attorney general to make any particular decision in this matter,” he told reporters on Thursday.The Prime Minister repeats that the allegations in the Globe article are false. Says neither he, nor anyone in his office directed the Attorney General on this case. Was asked if there was any pressure or influence, as opposed to direction. Repeats his answer #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 7, 2019Conservatives respondCalling the reports “disturbing”, Opposition leader Andrew Scheer says the prime minister needs to come clean immediately, and believes Trudeau’s answers today fall short of him doing so.“What’s perhaps even more shocking, however, is that the prime minister himself appears to have fired his own attorney general for refusing to bow to his demands,” Scheer said. “We’ve seen this elsewhere on the world stage when leaders dismiss their attorneys general for defying their orders.”Scheer adds “nothing short of full disclosure” will be accepted. When asked whether Scheer believes Trudeau’s claims that the allegations are false, the federal Conservative leader said “it obviously sounded like those words were written by a lawyer, not the prime minister’s own words.”Scheer says it sounds like Trudeau’s careful answer today was written by a lawyer #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 7, 2019Scheer says his party will explore every option if Trudeau “continues to fail to be transparent with Canadians.”Former judge suggests criminal investigation may be warrantedIt hasn’t taken long for someone to suggest a criminal investigation needs to be done if these reports are true.A former judge who now teaches law at UBC — Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond — says, if nothing else, an investigation would restore public confidence in the justice ministry in the wake of the shocking report.“Minister Wilson-Raybould, not only is she an extremely competent individual, she was Canada’s first Indigenous attorney general, and I was concerned when she was moved from that position that there was something of a whisper campaign out of the centre of government that she was not competent or she was not a team player.”Turpel-Lafond believes Wilson-Raybould is a person of principle, which is why she’s expecting police to get involved.“Even just to restore public confidence. But I’m just very proud of her as a British Columbian, standing up for the values that are very important in our society which is doing the right thing and making sure the legal process, courts, and prosecutions do their job and keeping your nose out of them so that they can be protected to do their job.”Meantime, SNC-Lavalin says it has no comment on the reports.SNC Lavelin’s response to the allegations of pressure from the PMO on their case: “We have no comment on today’s Globe and Mail article” #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 7, 2019 OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail says former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould disappointed the Prime Minister’s Office by refusing to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution.The Quebec engineering and construction giant has been facing legal trouble over allegations it paid millions of dollars in bribes to get government business in Libya, which would be a crime under Canadian law.As justice minister, Wilson-Raybould could have gotten involved in the case against the company by directing federal prosecutors to negotiate a “remediation agreement,” a way of undoing damage without admitting the company itself was at fault for things particular employees did.last_img read more

Two Dream Day Experiences With Linkin Park

first_imgWhen Linkin Park rose to fame from their breakthrough album, Hybrid Theory, they gained an immense following, who to this day, cherish the band for their nu metal and rap metal qualities.VIP Seats To MusiCares EventCredit/Copyright: Omaze.comToday, after collaborating with artists such as Jay-Z, selling over 50 million albums worldwide, and winning two Grammy Awards, the band is making themselves available to you. Omaze.com offering anyone – not just one – but two chances to kick it with the guys from Linkin Park. Read on to find out more.Omaze.com has partnered with Linkin Park and MusiCares to offer you and your readers a chance to win 2 front row VIP balcony tickets to the MusiCares Benefit Concert on May 30 in LA. The concert is honoring Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and skateboarder, surfer and musician Tony Alva. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Anthony Kiedis will be presenting with special performances by Chester Benningfield, Slash, and more surprise guests! One lucky entry and their guest will learn what it feels like to experience an historical event in person while helping people in need, only for $10. For more details on how to enter, visit HERE.Hang In Studio With Linkin ParkCredit/Copyright: Omaze.comFor private access to Linkin Park’s new music album, Omaze is offering anyone the chance to win VIP access to a live recording session and the chance to win a rare autographed poster or drum head, all for just $10. The winner and their guest will hear material that the band is working for their next album and kick with the guys between sets. And, as an added bonus, each entry to this experience also helps provide necessary services for children and their families recovering from Hurricane Sandy. You may enter HERE.last_img read more