Prostitutes,Threats & Bribes Embroil Canada’s Trudeau In Mega Corruption Scandal
It is beginning to look like the end is near for Justin Trudeau after a bombshell testimony before the Canadian House of Commons justice committee this week.
Prime Minister Trudeau and his officials are accused of attempting to interfere with an investigation into the SNC-Lavalin corporation.
Former Canadian Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould spoke of “veiled threats” to force her to drop the case by Trudeau and other officials for political purposes.
In her lengthy opening statement and three hours of questioning by the House justice committee, she gave a detailed timeline of contentious conversations between her, her staff, the Prime Minister’s Office and other officials.
“For a period of approximately four months between September and December 2018, I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the Attorney General of Canada in an inappropriate effort to secure a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with SNC-Lavalin.”
The former justice minister recounted how senior government officials, mostly from Mr. Trudeau’s office, attempted to persuade her to order prosecutors to cut a plea deal with SNC-Lavalin, which is based in the politically important province of Quebec.
Wilson-Raybould stepped down from the cabinet this month, days after the allegations of judicial interference emerged. In her testimony, she said she resigned because “I did not have confidence to sit around the cabinet table.”
The scandal includes bribery and prostitution, along with the political threats.
The engineering company, which is based in Quebec, was accused of engaging in bribery in Libya in efforts to secure lucrative contracts in the country.
Since the accusations were made public, further allegations have revealed that the corporation may also have gone as far as paying for prostitutes for Saadi Gadhafi, son of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, during a visit to Canada in 2008.
Receipts claim that the company spent as much as $30,000 on prostitutes for Gadhafi while he was allegedly in Montreal and Toronto at the invitation of the company to learn English.
Initially, after the first Globe and Mail report on the SNC-Lavalin affair, the accusations were dismissed by Trudeau and the PMO.
Polling since the uproar emerged in early February indicates Mr. Trudeau and the Liberal government are bleeding support, less than eight months before the next national election.
Surveys from Ipsos Public Affairs and the Angus Reid Institute indicate the opposition Conservatives hold a lead over the governing Liberals in terms of the popular vote.
The scandal has rocked the Canadian political scene and has led to calls from Conservative opposition lead Andrew Scheer for the prime minister to resign from office.
Justin Trudeau has lost the moral authority to govern and must resign. Speaking LIVE to the media right now: https://t.co/BFhSYFiCVE
— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) February 28, 2019
“As Ms Wilson-Raybould has so clearly articulated, the people Canadians entrusted to protect the integrity of our very nation were instead only protecting themselves and their friends,” Scheer said. “Mr Trudeau can no longer, in good standing and with a clear conscience, lead this great nation.”
Prime Minister Trudeau has rejected any calls for his resignation. He has stated that the voters will decide during the upcoming national elections in October.