Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer Demands Trudeau's Resignation over SNC-Lavalin Controversy
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, on Wednesday the 27th of February, called on Justin Trudeau to resign. He said that the troubling testimony from the former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould‘s about the SNC-Lavalin controversy, was enough to prove that the prime minister has lost the moral authority to govern, says a report on Global News.
“Justin Trudeau simply cannot continue to govern this country now that Canadians know what he has done,” Scheer said. “And that is why I am calling on Mr. Trudeau to do the right thing and to resign.”
Scheermade this demand,following a three-hour Commons’ justice committee meeting in which Wilson-Raybould said she felt pressure from Trudeau and others to head off a criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.
“Jody Wilson-Raybould tells the story of a prime minister who has lost the moral authority to govern,” Scheer said.
“A prime minister who allows his partisan, political motivations to overrule his duty to uphold the rule of law. A prime minister who doesn’t know where the Liberal Party ends and where the government of Canada begins.”
However, Trudeau immediatelyspurnedScheer’s demand as he flaunted his government’s good record. He made it clear that he had no intentions of stepping down. He said it is left for Canadians to decide later this year on which party they want to govern them. Trudeau insists there is no truth in Wilson-Raybould’stestimonyand maintains that he and his staff “always acted appropriately and professionally.”
“There will be a clear choice to be made between the Liberal Party, this government that … has consistently stood up for Canadian jobs, consistently defended Canadian jobs while defending our institutions and the independence of our judiciary,” he said.
"And on the other hand, there is a choice of the party that is still very much the party of Stephen Harper. That continues to attack, to divide, to play politics with big issues and (thinks) the best way to create economic growth is still to give advantages to the wealthiest.”
In Trudeau’s three years in power, the SNL-lavalin scandal is the biggest political challenge his government has faced, so big that this is the first time the opposition is calling on the prime minister to resign.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said that even if Trudeau would resign, it should be after intensive investigations have been carried out. The NDP leader called for an independent inquiry to determine the truth of what really happened between the former attorney general and members of Trudeau’s inner circle.
Wilson-Raybouldhad during her testimony, told the committee that she had to withstand four months of relentless pressurefrom Trudeau and other senior Liberal officials to reverse a decision not to make a plea-bargain-type deal with SNC-Lavalin. She said she also received veiled threatsfrom the country’s top civil servant, Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick.
Scheer also called for Wernick’s resignation and urged the RCMP to launch a criminal investigation into what the Liberal government did to help SNC-Lavalin.