He said he will review all of Wilson-Raybould's testimony before deciding whether she can remain in the Liberal caucus or seek re-election this fall as a Liberal candidate. A guilty verdict on corruption for SNC-Lavalin would mean the massive engineering-construction firm would be barred from bidding on federal procurement contracts for 10 years.
In her testimony, Wilson-Raybould cited in-person conversations, telephone calls, email messages, text message exchanges and her contemporaneous notes to detail a pressure campaign that she said made her have "thoughts of the Saturday Night Massacre", a reference to a series of resignations prompted by political pressure during the Watergate scandal.
Hardie said Wilson-Raybould is an asset and he hopes she remains with the party. But another senior member of the Liberal Party said there was growing unhappiness among legislators about how Trudeau's team had handled the matter and said the prime minister needed to replace some of his staff.
In his letter to the RCMP, Scheer wrote the events described in Wilson-Raybould's testimony exhibited "a gross violation of the law", and urged them to "use all the resources at your disposal to fully and fairly investigate any potential activity". He also reiterated his call for Trudeau to resign.
However, she characterized the pressure as inappropriate, not illegal, reports the New York Times. Then to my surprise - the Clerk started to make the case for the need to have a DPA - he said "there is a board meeting on Thursday (Sept 20) with stock holders" ...
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, speaking immediately after Wilson-Raybould's testimony finished, said Trudeau had lost the moral authority to govern the country and should resign.
Wilson-Raybould said there were at least 10 phone calls and 10 different meetings, as well as several text messages, about the SNC-Lavalin case, between her or senior members of her staff and 11 people in the Prime Minister's Office and other departments, between September 4, 2018 and December 18, 2018.
"Canadians expect their government to look for ways to protect jobs, to grow the economy, and that's exactly what we've done every step of the way", Trudeau said.
"We've also done it in a way that has respected our lots and respected the independence of the judiciary, of that there actually is no doubt".
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She said 11 other top officials, including Finance Minister Bill Morneau, raised concerns that the firm would move to London if it did not face favorable legal conditions in Canada.
Wilson-Raybould perceived it differently.
"I think we have two matters here".
Wilson-Raybould alleged that she experienced a "consistent and sustained effort" by Liberal officials close to Trudeau seeking to interfere politically with her pursuit of a criminal case against SNC-Lavalin, according to CBC. He did say that he did not direct Chin to do that.
But has SNC, which employs about 9,000 people in Canada, actually considered moving its operations? It was appropriate to take that into consideration, while respecting the rule of law, he said.
The former Attorney General named several prominent politicians and staff who were engaged in pressuring her, some with "veiled threats". "We know that there are many factors that go into decisions like that", Trudeau said in Saint-Hubert, Quebec. "This decision is the Attorney General's alone", said Trudeau. The NDP supported the request, which was granted by Speaker Geoff Regan.
On four occasions Trudeau, his aides and even Canada's top civil servant played the "election" card to try to get Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the case against SNC-Lavalin.
February 25 - Trudeau partly waives both solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality for his former attorney general, paving the way for Wilson-Raybould to tell her side of the SNC-Lavalin saga to the justice committee and ethics commissioner.