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Justin's Been Quiet.
It wasn't just the eyebrow that let him down.

Quote:SNC-Lavalin: Trudeau denies wrongdoing in corruption case.

'Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied wrongdoing after he tried to shield one of the country's biggest
firms from a corruption trial.

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Mr Trudeau said any lobbying by him or his inner circle for engineering giant SNC-Lavalin was done to protect jobs.
In explosive testimony, ex-Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said she faced "sustained" pressure to abandon
prosecution of the Quebec-based firm.

Opposition Conservatives are calling on the Liberal PM to resign.
They are also demanding a public inquiry following Ms Wilson-Raybould's testimony on Wednesday before the
Commons justice committee in Ottawa.

How did Trudeau defend himself?
Speaking to reporters on Thursday morning, Mr Trudeau said he disagreed with his former justice minister's
"characterisation" of events and maintained his staff followed the rules. The prime minster said he had full confidence
in an inquiry by a parliamentary justice committee into the affair and in an investigation by the federal ethics commissioner,
and would "participate fully" in that process.

Opposition parties have been ramping up pressure on the prime minister and the Conservatives have said the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police must immediately open an investigation. Mr Trudeau said that to his knowledge no member
of his staff has been contacted by the RCMP.

The prime minster has insisted for weeks that all communications between himself, federal officials and Ms Wilson-Raybould
were above board. He says that any advocacy for SNC-Lavalin was done in the interest of protecting Canadian jobs that no
lines were crossed.

What does the ex-justice minister allege?
Ms Wilson-Raybould told the justice committee on Wednesday she had faced attempts at interference and "veiled threats"
from top government officials seeking a legal favour for the Montreal construction firm. The former justice minister and attorney
general said she and her staff endured four months -between last September and December -of a "sustained" and "inappropriate
effort" to push for a possible deferred prosecution agreement for the construction company.

That agreement would have allowed the firm to avoid a criminal trial and instead agree to alternative terms or conditions,
like penalties or enhanced compliance measures. Ms Wilson-Raybould said that while some discussions about the ramifications
of the decision were normal, the pressure went well beyond what was appropriate given her role as attorney general.

In Canada, an attorney general is supposed to act independently with respect of his or her prosecutorial function and decisions
are not supposed to be politically motivated. Ms Wilson-Raybould said that in various meetings, Mr Trudeau and senior staff
repeatedly raised concerns about the possibility of job losses and potential political ramifications of a trial.

She said she had made clear she was not prepared to help the company avoid a trial and that she believes it was why she was
demoted in a Cabinet shuffle in January, which Mr Trudeau denies. Ms Wilson-Raybould also said during her testimony she did
not believe any laws were broken.

What is SNC-Lavalin accused of?
The company and two of its subsidiaries face fraud and corruption charges in relation to about C$48m ($36m; £28m) in bribes
it is alleged to have offered to Libyan officials between 2001-11. The firm has openly lobbied to be allowed to enter into a
remediation agreement instead of going to trial, saying it has cleaned house and changed its ways.

SNC-Lavalin and its supporters say it would be unfair to penalise the company as a whole and its thousands of employees for
the wrongdoings of former executives.
Preliminary hearings have begun and the company says it will "vigorously defend itself" against the allegations.
A conviction on fraud and corruption charges could result in a decade-long ban on bidding on federal contracts, which would be
a major financial hit for the firm.

What's the company background?
SNC-Lavalin is one of the world's largest engineering and construction companies and employs some 9,000 people in Canada.
The firm has deep roots in the vote-rich province of Quebec, which is expected to be a battleground in this October's general election.

This is not the first time SNC-Lavalin has found itself in trouble.
In 2016, the agency that oversees Canadian federal elections said former executives had devised a scheme to illegally donate
C$118,000 to the federal Liberals and Conservatives between 2004-11. The bulk of the funds went to the prime minister's Liberal Party.

In 2013, the World Bank barred the firm and its affiliates for up to 10 years from bidding on contracts with the agency for "misconduct"
in a bridge contract in Bangladesh, the longest debarment period ever handed down in a settlement.

How bad is this for Trudeau?
Political commentators suggest Ms Wilson-Raybould's remarks are deeply damaging for Mr Trudeau and the Liberals.
Writing in the Toronto Star, columnist Chantal Hebert says the prime minister was "already up to his neck in the SNC-Lavalin mess".

"On Wednesday, former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould pushed his head down further. It will be harder for the Liberal government
to dig itself out of the deep hole she dug before the next campaign."

In the National Post, columnist Andrew Coyne said Ms Wilson-Raybould's testimony suggested "an attitude that appears to pervade this
government: that the law is not an institution to be revered, but just another obstacle to get around, by whatever means necessary."

Columnist Patrick Lagace, writing in Montreal newspaper La Presse, said her remarks suggest that "for the Prime Minister and people
acting on his orders, the rule of law and the independence of the Attorney General were at least negotiable".
In Maclean's magazine, Paul Wells suggests her remarks reveal a "sickeningly smug protection racket whose participants must have
been astonished when she refused to play along"...'

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Macron’s leadership has been questioned as people protest in yellow vests,
Merkel’s leadership in Germany continues to be under question,
May in the UK is having confidence votes,
Netanyahu is being indicted,
And it appears Trudeau is in serious legal trouble.

Sounds like the people want the Global Swamp Rats OUT!  

It might take some time, but I do believe the People can win this battle if they don't give up the fight.
Jody Wilson-Raybould didn't hold back when naming names, including Justin "one brow".   tinysure

Quote:Jody Wilson-Raybould spoke about the SNC-Lavalin controversy at a hearing of the House of Commons justice committee on Feb. 27. 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. Below is the full text of her opening statement.

Gilakas’la. Thank you Mr. Chair and members of the Justice committee for providing me the opportunity to give extended testimony to you today. I would like to acknowledge that we are on the ancestral lands of the Algonquin people.

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. These events involved 11 people (excluding myself and my political staff) – from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Privy Council Office, and the Office of the Minister of Finance. This included in-person conversations, telephone calls, emails, and text messages. There were approximately 10 phone calls and 10 meetings specifically about SNC-Lavalin that I and/or my staff was a part of.

Within these conversations, there were express statements regarding the necessity for interference in the SNC-Lavalin matter, the potential for consequences, and veiled threats if a DPA was not made available to SNC. These conversations culminated on December 19, 2018, with a phone conversation I had with the Clerk of the Privy Council – a conversation for which I will provide some significant detail.

A few weeks later, on January 7, 2019, I was informed by the Prime Minister that I was being shuffled out of the role of Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada. For most of these conversations, I made contemporaneous and detailed notes – notes, in addition to my clear memory, which I am relying on today among other documentation.

My goal in my testimony is to outline the details of these communications for the Committee, and indeed for all Canadians. However, before doing that, let me make a couple comments.

First, I want to thank Canadians for their patience since this February 7th story broke in the Globe and Mail… Thank you as well specifically to those who reached out to me from across the country. I appreciate the messages – I have read them all.
Secondly, on the role of the Attorney General – the AG exercises prosecutorial discretion as provided for under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act. Generally, this authority is exercised by the DPP, but the AG has the authority to issue directives to the DPP on specific prosecutions or to take over prosecutions.

It is well-established that when the AG exercises prosecutorial discretion, she or he does so individually and independently. These are not cabinet decisions. I will say that it is appropriate for Cabinet colleagues to draw to the AG’s attention what they see as important public policy considerations that are relevant to decisions about how a prosecution will proceed. What is not appropriate is pressing on the AG matters that she or he cannot take into account, such as partisan political considerations; continuing to urge the AG to change her or his mind for months after the decision has been made; or suggesting that a collision with the Prime Minister on these matters should be avoided.

With that said, the remainder of my testimony will be a detailed and factual delineation of the approximately 10 phone calls, 10 in-person meetings, and emails and text messages that were part of an effort to politically interfere regarding the SNC matter for the purposes of securing a deferred prosecution.

The story begins on September 4, 2018. My COS and I were overseas when I was sent a ‘Memorandum for the Attorney General (pursuant to section 13 of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act) which was entitled ‘Whether to issue an invitation to negotiate a remediation agreement to SNC Lavalin’ which was prepared by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Kathleen Roussel. The only parts of this note that I will disclose are as follows: “the DPP is of the view that an invitation to negotiate will not be made in this case and that no announcement will be made by the PPSC.”

As with all section 13 notices – the Director provides the information so that the Attorney General may take such course of action as they deem appropriate.

Click the title to watch her testimony on video.
And now another one jumps the ship of so-called Liberalism...

Quote:Justin Trudeau: second minister resigns from cabinet as scandal deepens

Jane Philpott, the treasury head, announced her resignation days after Jody Wilson-Raybould testified officials pressured her.

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'A second minister has resigned from Justin Trudeau’s cabinet amid a deepening political scandal which is already threatening
the prime minister’s prospects in this year’s federal election.

Jane Philpott, the president of the Treasury Board, announced her resignation on Monday, days after the former justice minister
and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould testified that officials inappropriately pressured her to help a Canadian engineering
company avoid a corruption trial.

Philpott, considered a star of the Liberal party, said in a statement: “It grieves me to leave a portfolio where I was at work to
deliver on an important mandate. But I must abide by my core values, my ethical responsibilities and constitutional obligations.
There can be a cost to acting on one’s principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them.”

A family physician who entered politics in 2015, Philpott remains a close friend of Wilson-Raybould, and was one of the few members
of the Liberal party to publicly support her when she stepped down from cabinet in February. Both women were recruited by Trudeau
to run as first-time parliamentarians in the 2015 election, with the two receiving top cabinet roles when Trudeau’s Liberals won a
majority government.

Philpott was originally the country’s health minister, as well as overseeing the indigenous services portfolio, before she was shuffled
to the treasury role earlier this month.

Late last week, Trudeau faced calls from the Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer, to resign after Wilson-Raybould said that allies of
the prime minister had launched a “consistent and sustained effort” to dissuade her from prosecuting the Quebec-based engineering
giant SNC Lavalin over allegations that it bribed the Libyan government.

“This is a major blow,” said Nelson Wiseman, a professor of political science at the University of Toronto, calling a ministerial resignation
on principle “rare” in Canadian politics. “What this signals is deep division in the cabinet and in the Liberal Caucus about whether Jody
Wilson-Raybould ought to be excommunicated from the Liberal church. The majority, in my opinion –both in the cabinet and in the caucus
–believe she should be,” he said.

Trudeau told a Liberal Party rally in Toronto that he was disappointed but understood why she had left.

“Concerns of this nature must be taken seriously and I can ensure you that I am,” said Trudeau, who did not specifically address Philpott’s
stated reasons for leaving. He also thanked her for serving in his Cabinet - something he notably did not do when Wilson-Raybould quit.
“In a democracy like ours, in a space where we value our diversity so strongly, we are allowed to have disagreements and debate.
We even encourage it.”

After Philpott’s resignation, Wilson-Raybould praised her for her “constant and unassailable commitment to always doing what is right and
best for Canadians.” On Monday, Trudeau said he is continuing to assess whether Wilson-Raybould, who has said she will run again as
Liberal, has a future within the party.

In her statement, Philpott said the SNC Lavalin scandal had “raised serious concerns” following Wilson-Raybould’s testimony over the extent
to which those close to Trudeau –and the prime minister himself –sought to pressure her to abandon the prosecution.

“The solemn principles at stake are the independence and integrity of our justice system. It is a fundamental doctrine of the rule of law that our
attorney general should not be subjected to political pressure or interference regarding the exercise of her prosecutorial discretion in criminal
cases. Sadly, I have lost confidence in how the government has dealt with this matter and in how it has responded to the issues raised,” she said.

Scheer, the Conservative leader, tweeted on Monday that Philpott’s resignation “clearly demonstrates a government in total chaos, led by a
disgraced prime minister consumed with scandal”. Philpott’s resignation marks a fresh blow to the Trudeau government, which had hoped
to shift focus from the scandal on Monday with a set of announcements on plans to combat climate change.

A poll released on Sunday found the scandal continues to inflict damage on the Trudeau government, with nearly 25% of Canadians saying it
will change the way they vote in the October election...'
The Guardian:

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Field McConnell talks about some things going on in Canada at the beginning of this video.  I think it could be related to what's going on up there right now.


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