Eli Ridder | Report

In what is being hailed the biggest political crisis for his term, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been called on to step down by Opposition and Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer to step down over ethics allegations from the ex-attorney general.

The allegations by the former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould dramatically deepened the biggest crisis of Trudeau’s time as prime minister just months ahead of an October election in which his Liberal Party aims to hold onto a majority government.

Wilson-Raybould, who is still a Liberal caucus member told the House of Commons justice committee that she had confronted Trudeau over what she called inappropriate pressure to help construction firm SNC-Lavalin evade a corruption trial on charges of bribing Libyan government officials.

“He can no longer, with a clear conscience, continue to lead this nation,” Opposition Leader Scheer told reporters, calling for police to immediately probe the matter. Trudeau later said he welcomed an ethics investigation.

Wilson-Raybould told the committee that the Prime Minister’s Office imposed “consistent and sustained pressure” on her from September to December of last year to ensure that SNC Lavalin paid a large fine rather than go to trial. 

“I completely disagree with the former attorney-general’s version of events,” Trudeau said in defiance to reporters.


More details to follow. Image of Trudeau from CTV News.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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