Canada's Justin Trudeau denies impropriety, offers no apology


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to a crowd at Western University's Alumni Hall, January 13, 2017.

Justin Trudeau has expressed regret for his handling of a political scandal that has cost him two cabinet ministers and a close adviser - but stopped short of apologising and insisted no laws had been broken and that no unethical actions were taken by him or his staff.

Local MP Richard Cannings and Liberal candidate Connie Denesiuk have chimed in on former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Reybould's resignation.

Butts also testified that Wilson-Raybould never complained about improper pressure to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin until Trudeau made a decision to move her out of her cabinet role as justice minister.

"It strikes at the heart of the Trudeau brand", Montigny said.

"For Trudeau and the Liberal party, one of those values has been maintaining resilience and sustaining employment for the middle class", she said.

Wilson-Raybould said she received approximately 10 phone calls and 10 meetings, specifically about SNC-Lavalin, from the PMO.

Trudeau, whose prospects for winning an election in October have dimmed, dodged questions from reporters about the court ruling on Friday, repeating that his government is focused on trying to protect jobs.

Andrew Korybko is joined by Christopher C. Black, global criminal lawyer with 20 years of experience in war crimes and worldwide relations, and a commentator on global affairs.

"Unfortunately, the evidence of efforts by politicians and/or officials to pressure the former Attorney General to intervene in the criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin, and the evidence as to the content of those efforts have raised serious concerns for me", Philpott wrote in a blunt, unequivocal letter of resignation addressed to the prime minister.

That solution would have avoided a potential criminal conviction that would bar the company from receiving any federal government business for a decade.

Trudeau's inner circle is accused of pressuring his former attorney general to shield Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin from a bribery trial.

Moe said there have been thousands of jobs lost in the energy sector while Trudeau's government has championed a carbon tax and a bill that would change how environmental assessments are done.

Trudeau was expected to strike a conciliatory tone but at times sounded defensive. "And when there's an erosion of trust within the people involved, it further complicates what is already a hard decision for the attorney general".

The SNC-Lavalin affair is not just about what that company's businesses practices have been, but it highlights the need to question the ethics and morals of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Goldsmith- Jones, who has already been confirmed as the Liberal candidate for the riding in the coming election, said she remains "100 per cent behind" moving forward with the government's agenda and hopes Wilson-Raybould and Philpott remain on the Liberal benches.

Despite filling both roles himself in Saskatchewan, Morgan said he has never been placed in the situation that Wilson-Raybould described.

The company said in a statement it was disappointed and vowed to "vigorously defend itself against the charges in court if no remediation agreement is possible".

Now the only way for the company to avoid prosecution is for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step in and offer them a DPA or deferred prosecution agreement.

Trudeau responded to the Globe report by telling the news media that his government did not "direct" her on the matter.

"Not only has JWR stood over some of the worst legislation passed in this country, her much-admired chief of staff, Jessica Prince, has as well".