Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, declined to renounce the allegations that his administration had exerted pressure on a former lawyer not to conduct a criminal investigation into the engineering company accused of massive bribery.
Jody Wilson-Raybould, the ex-attorney general director on Wednesday, testified that senior officials had "veiled" threats against him to persuade him not to commit a crime against SNC-Lavalin. The company, which employs 28,000 people in 100 companies, is accused of commissioning millions of dollars to Libyan officials between 2001 and 2011 to secure government contracts there.
Wilson-Raybould claimed that Liberal officials near Trudeau had experienced "consistent and sustained efforts" and that CBC had sought political action in the criminal case against SNC-Lavalin.
In January, the minister responsible for the role of lawyer and veteran was removed;
On Wednesday's testimony, Wilson-Raybould said he had 10 phone calls and 10 personal meetings on the case with "explicit statements" about the possibility of "consequences" if he continued to negotiate a privacy statement that would allow SNC-Lavalin to pay a fine for possible bribery and fraud.
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If the company was prosecuted, they would not be able to compete for federal contracts for 10 years, which would have a devastating effect on corporate employees in Canada.
In a conversation, Wilson-Raybould said that the Prime Minister was concerned about the dismissal of jobs at Quebec because of the condemnation of SNC-Lavalin.
At this point, he claims that he asked the Prime Minister: "Do you politically interfere with my role as a lawyer?" I would strongly advise you. "
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Subsequently, he says he has returned quickly, saying he is simply looking for a "solution."
In the weeks following the first admission, Gerald Butts, Trudeau's chief secretary and adviser, resigned. The day of his resignation issued a cryptic chirping in writing: "Public institutions are bigger and more important than any of their temporary residents."
According to Wilson-Raybould's testimony, he did not feel that other liberal officials who allegedly put pressure on him felt unlawful, but felt that he was "inadequate" and "on dangerous ground".
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At a press conference on Wednesday following the Wilson-Raybould bombardment, Trudeau ignored the cancellation calls, saying that the Canadian people would have the opportunity to express their views during the country's federal election in October.