Canadian PM shuffles cabinet amid growing SNC-Lavalin scandal


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.

Various officials "hounded" her through phone calls, meetings and text messages, warning of consequences and issuing "veiled threats" if a DPA was not made available to the company, she said, reports CBC News. And for a time, it became hard for the ex-AG because, due to privileged information constraints, she could not reveal what had transpired in her conversation with the PM regarding her finding a way to accommodate SNC-Lavalin.

However, neutralizing the situation, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland appeared on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and said, "I have 100 percent faith in the prime minister".

The company argues that since the matter came to light in 2012 it has comprehensively overhauled itself, but prosecutors refused to allow it to apply for a remediation deal in October previous year.

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The Commons is not scheduled to sit the next two weeks, but Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh sent Trudeau a joint letter Friday asking it be recalled so the prime minister can be held to account.

Raybould said that she defied Trudeau in September over what according her were continuous efforts by officials to help SNC-Lavalin evade trial on charges of bribing Libyan officials.

Trudeau refuted Wilson-Raybould's testimony and refused to step down.

The prime minister said in a press conference last week that he has not decided whether Wilson-Raybould, who resigned as Veterans Affairs minister last month, can or should remain in the Liberal caucus, because he had not yet had an opportunity to review the entirety of her explosive hourslong testimony. "And therefore I completely disagree with the characterisation of the former attorney general about these events".