Trudeau shuffles cabinet amid ongoing controversy on SNC-Lavalin file

Olive Hawkins
March 7, 2019

In her first substantial public statement on the matter, the former justice minister and attorney general testified that she was inappropriately pressured to prevent the Montreal-based company from being prosecuted in a bribery case.

Monsef said she is looking forward to working especially on moving forward with the feminist global development policy Bibeau introduced.

"I was sickened and appalled by [Wilson-Raybould's] story of inappropriate and, frankly, borderline illegal pressure brought to bear on her by the highest levels of Justin Trudeau's government", he said, reports CBC. "She was confirmed as the Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Vancouver Granville previous year".

Goodale said he's hoping there can be "some kind of reconciliation" with Wilson-Raybould but isn't sure that's possible.

Raybould was demoted in January, and she resigned from the cabinet last month.

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Wilson-Raybould testified on Wednesday that when she was justice minister previous year, officials in the Liberal government leaned on her to help construction firm SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a corruption trial. On Friday, Trudeau did not take questions from reporters - a departure from past cabinet shuffle events at Rideau Hall.

After four grueling hours of interviews and giving testimony, Andrew Scheer, the Tory leader, demanded the Prime Minister resign his office, saying Trudeau could no longer "lead the nation with a clear conscience".

"No, no, no, we just need to find a solution", was Trudeau's response, according to Wilson-Raybould.

However, she opined that, when she had not budged her position, she was shunted to another office, as veteran affairs minister.

Five former federal and provincial attorneys general - four Conservatives and one New Democrat - sent a joint letter to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki to urge an investigation into two possible criminal offences arising out of Wilson-Raybould's testimony: obstruction of justice and conduct meant to provoke fear in the attorney general.

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