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    Canuckistan's Trudeau in reelection trouble?

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    Source: Justin Trudeau CRISIS: Canada PM’s popularity PLUNGES after scandal, Conservatives AHEAD


    CANADA’S Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing a difficult election campaign after a new poll saw the scandal-hit leader’s approval ratings plummet.

    Canadians are due to go to the polls in October but Mr Trudeau is battling to maintain his popularity after becoming embroiled in claims his aides pressured former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to ensure construction firm SNC-Lavalin avoided a corruption investigation. The 47-year-old insists there was no wrongdoing but 41 percent of Canadians disagreed with Mr Trudeau in a Leger poll for news agency The Canadian Press. Just 12 percent believed he hadn’t done anything wrong following the allegations which has left his Liberal Party in turmoil.

    The poll read even worse for Mr Trudeau on a question regarding which party respondents would vote for in the autumn election.

    Leger found 36 percent of people said they would vote for the opposition Conservative party while 34 percent would support Mr Trudeau’s Liberals.

    It marks the first time since the 2015 general election the Conservatives have been ahead of the Liberals who were once way out in front in the polls.

    The results have left Mr Trudeau’s inner team fearing he could be ousted outright or forced into a coalition government in eight months time.

    Also worrying for Mr Trudeau was the response to a question on which party’s leader would make the best Prime Minister.

    Despite receiving the most support, just 26 percent of respondents answered for Mr Trudeau - a seven point nosedive from a similar Leger poll conducted in November last year.

    Opposition Conservative leader Andrew Scheer received 21 percent while Green leader Elizabeth May scored eight percent and the New Democratic Party’s Jagmeet Singh gained six percent.

    Leger’s executive vice president Christian Bourque said the results proved Canadians were increasingly suspicious of their prime minister.

    Mr Leger told Canadian media: “I think a lot of it leads back to how the prime minister himself has handled the crisis over the last week or so.

    “He’s not found a way to reassure Canadians or … been clear enough about his involvement, what he said or did not say, so that a lot of Canadians right now are holding it up against him because they don’t know all the ins and outs to make up their own mind.”

    However Mr Bourque added the polls do not necessarily mean Mr Scheer is destined for victory.

    He said: “There’s nobody right now that’s capturing the minds and hearts of Canadians and probably explains why voting intentions are so close while we see that the Prime Minister is actually showing signs of weakening in terms of support.”

    Mr Trudeau has been hit by a series of resignations from his administration and met with members of his Liberal Party yesterday to calm anger about how he is handling the SNC-Lavalin affair.

    He has dismissed calls for a full public inquiry into claims relating to the Montreal engineering firm’s government contracts in Libya, saying the ethic commissioner has launched a probe into suggestions staff in the Prime Minister’s Office pressured Ms Wilson Raybould when she was justice minister.

    Wilson-Raybould, who was demoted in a cabinet reshuffle last month, resigned as veterans affairs minister on February 12.

    She has been invited to speak to the Canadian House of Commons’s justice committee and is currently consulting lawyers as to how much she can reveal on SNC-Lavalin.

    Meanwhile Mr Trudeau’s principal private secretary and close ally Gerald Butts quit on Monday insisting he had not pressured the former Attorney General.

    Mr Trudeau’s position is not in immediate danger after Wednesday’s three hour clear-the-air meeting with members of his party with one source saying no leadership challenges are being plotted.

    Mr Trudeau can not be replaced by parliamentary vote of no-confidence in the same way Theresa May fought off a Labour initiated challenge in January as Canadian party leaders are confirmed at formal conventions.

    Canadian international development minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said she was “very satisfied with the overall meeting we had” while another source said the tone was polite and “there were no naked raw emotions on the table” even when Mr Trudeau and Ms Wilson-Raybould exchanged comments.

    However another source said Mr Trudeau ignored questions about exactly why Mr Butts quit and did not outline what his next steps are to see off the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

    A further source said: “We need to put this to bed. It's exhausting to be on the defensive and the longer this goes on the harder it will be to get our message out.”

    Leger polled 1,529 random Canadian voters online from February 15 to February 19.


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    He of the wandering eyebrow seemed to skate past being convicted of ethics violations during a vacation to the Bahamas in 2016 and accusations of having groped a woman at a concert might be feeling the heat over this.

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    He has been pretty much a joke for the last several years.

    I think he really lost the people when he paid off that terrorist.

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    Yup. I've been following this. They seem to be imploding from inside Cabinet. Hoping so! Election this fall!



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    Gerald Butts resigning has been a real head-scratcher. The reason he gives makes no sense at all.

    Butts denies the allegations that he or anyone in the PMO pressured Jody Wilson-Raybould -- who was the attorney general at the time -- to have federal prosecutors pursue a remediation agreement rather than criminal prosecution in the corruption and fraud case against the Quebec engineering and construction giant.


    Butts said the allegation is distracting from the work Trudeau and his government are doing nine months out from the next federal election, and so it’s in the best interest of the office of the prime minister that he step aside.
    https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/trud...igns-1.4301856

    I don't see how him resigning would do anything to not distract people from Trudeau's idiocy. It just put more focus on the whole scandelous situation, imo.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    He has been pretty much a joke for the last several years.

    I think he really lost the people when he paid off that terrorist.
    A buffoon way out of his depth

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    A buffoon way out of his depth

    A substitute drama teacher.

    I have it on good authority that when he was a mere MP, he would sit beside a certain woman and spend question period showing her selfies on his phone. Then he'd ask her how he should vote on the topic at hand.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    A substitute drama teacher.

    I have it on good authority that when he was a mere MP, he would sit beside a certain woman and spend question period showing her selfies on his phone. Then he'd ask her how he should vote on the topic at hand.

    I know (well now "knew") someone who was a Senate staffer and talked about how John Kerry was like the really slow kid in class who constantly needed the simplest of concepts explained to him over and over.

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    Wow.
    TORONTO (AP) - Canada's former attorney general testified Wednesday she experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to inappropriately interfere in the prosecution of a major Canadian engineering company and said the effort included "veiled threats."

    Ex-justice minister and ex-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould said 11 people tried to interfere in her prosecutorial discretion. In a meeting with Trudeau, the prime minister raised the issue and asked her to "help out" with the case, she said.

    Wilson-Raybould said she asked Trudeau if he was politically interfering with her role as attorney general and told him she would strongly advise against it.
    .......


    "For a period of approximately four months, between September and December of 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," she told a Parliament justice committee.
    https://www.kiro7.com/news/canada-ex...mestream_click


    Asked if she has confidence in Prime Minister Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould takes a long pause and says she resigned from cabinet because “I did not have confidence to sit around the table, the cabinet table.”

    Wilson-Raybould listed the people she had warned about “the inappropriate nature of these conversations,” including Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick and Gerald Butts, among others.


    Raitt asks Wilson-Raybould if she felt that PMO staffers were threatening her job in relation to the SNC-Lavalin decision. “I’m confident the purpose of those discussions … was to put extraordinary pressure on me to change my mind,” Wilson-Raybuld says. She says she, “can’t reflect on their intent,” and whether they were threatening her position in cabinet.
    https://nationalpost.com/news/politi...testimony-live


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    Source: Justin Trudeau on BRINK: Rival vows to ‘RAMP UP PRESSURE’ to OUST Canada PM


    AS JUSTIN Trudeau battles a scandal which threatens to bring down his government, opposition leader Jagmeet Singh haas promised to “ramp up the pressure” on the embattled Canadian prime minister.


    Mr Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party, said he “danced the night away” after winning a seat in Canada’s House of Commons in a by-election yesterday allowing him to finally go toe-to-toe with Mr Trudeau. Canada’s Prime Minister is facing intense pressure to reveal exactly what he knows about whether officials from his office inappropriately pressured a former cabinet minister to interfere with a prosecution on construction giant SNC-Lavalin. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s former justice secretary and attorney general, has said she hopes to “tell her truth” when she appears before the Commons’ justice committee later today amid accusations ‘a line was clearly crossed’.

    Ms Wilson-Raybould quit the Cabinet last month and is consulting lawyers as to what she can say on the scandal.

    Last week, Canada’s top civil servant Michael Wernick denied any wrongdoing when he testified to the justice committee but admitted Ms Wilson-Raybould would likely “express concern” about a series of meetings on SNC-Lavalin when she speaks.

    Mr Singh, head of Canada’s third biggest party, said his by-election victory “allows me to ramp up the pressure on Mr Trudeau and on the Liberal government”.

    He added: “It allows me to really put into focus the question, ‘Is this Liberal government more interest in helping their well-connected, powerful friends like SNC-Lavalin?’”.

    The 40-year-old has made waves in Canadian politics as the first person of a minority ethnic group to become leader of a major party.

    Mr Singh was chosen to replace Tom Mulcair in October last year as the former NDP leader lost a leadership review.

    He finally won a Commons seat by seizing Vancouver constituency Burnaby South with 39 percent of the vote this week.

    The win means he can now face Mr Trudeau in parliament directly, joining opposition Conservative calls for a public inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin affair.

    Mr Trudeau has dismissed a full-scale investigation, saying the Ethics Commissioner’s examination into events is enough to answer Canadians’ questions.

    Mr Singh will take up his Commons seat on March 18 and has promised to seize the limited opportunity to speak before Canada’s parliament rises in June ahead of elections in October.

    Mr Mulcair’s former principal secretary, Karl Belanger, said Mr Singh “has an opportunity to be seen and heard on the same stage as the other main party leaders”.

    He added there is no time to waste for Mr Singh to put pressure on Mr Trudeau with the autumn elections just around the political corner.

    Mr Mulcair added: “It will be up to him to perform and do well and connect with Canadians with a narrative that speaks to their priorities.”



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    Don't really know anything about Singh except that if he leads the New Democratic Party (NDP) he is almost certainly liberal. This means that it looks like all sides are gunning for Trudeau. They must smell blood in the water.

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    Source: Political Scandal Worsens for Canada’s Justin Trudeau


    Former justice minister says prime minister’s top aides repeatedly pressed her to drop the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin


    A political firestorm surrounding Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became more damaging Wednesday, as his ex-justice minister accused his top aides of repeatedly pressuring her to drop the prosecution of a global engineering and construction firm.

    The testimony delivered by Jody Wilson-Raybould to a parliamentary committee offered the most detailed version yet of events fueling a scandal that risks upending Mr. Trudeau’s re-election effort later this year. She said that between September and December, she and her staff had roughly 10 phone calls and 10 meetings about the matter involving SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. with Mr. Trudeau’s senior aides and other government officials, including staff from the finance minister’s office.

    “I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion,” Ms. Wilson-Raybould said.

    The former justice minister recounted how senior government officials, mostly from Mr. Trudeau’s office, attempted to persuade her to order prosecutors to cut a plea deal with SNC-Lavalin, which is based in the politically important province of Quebec. A plea deal would have allowed SNC-Lavalin to avoid a decadelong ban on bidding on government contracts in Canada and elsewhere. These make up a significant portion of the company’s revenue.

    “There were expressed statements regarding the necessity of interference in the SNC-Lavalin matter, and the potential for consequences and veiled threats if an [out-of-court settlement] was not made available to SNC-Lavalin,” she said.

    Ms. Wilson-Raybould said Mr. Trudeau encouraged her in a Sept. 17 meeting to “find a solution here for SNC-Lavalin, saying that if there was no [plea deal] there would be many jobs lost and SNC-Lavalin would move [its headquarters] from Montreal.” She said she told Mr. Trudeau that she had done her due diligence on SNC-Lavalin and she wasn’t going to interfere in a decision by prosecutors to not pursue a plea deal with the company.

    Mr. Trudeau and other senior officials have denied any wrongdoing in their interactions with the former justice minister. At a Wednesday night press conference in Montreal, the Canadian leader said he “completely disagree[s] with the former attorney general’s characterization of events” and defended the work of his top aides.

    He added that there were discussions about potential job losses in the event SNC-Lavalin was convicted. But, he said, the final decision on the company’s prosecution “was Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s and hers alone.”

    Canada’s ethics watchdog launched a probe into the SNC-Lavalin matter after the Globe and Mail newspaper reported the allegations. In response to a lawmaker’s question, Ms. Wilson-Raybould said that she didn’t believe the lobbying effort violated any laws. But throughout the three-hour-plus hearing, she described the effort as inappropriate.

    Canadian prosecutors filed bribery and fraud charges against SNC-Lavalin in 2015, related to activity in Libya during 10 years ended in 2011. The company has also faced bribery charges at home. Its former chief executive pleaded guilty this month to charges related to a bribery scandal involving the construction of a Montreal hospital.

    SNC-Lavalin Chief Executive Neil Bruce said last week that an out-of-court settlement would be in the public interest because it would ensure employees, pensioners and suppliers wouldn’t be harmed. The company operates in over 50 countries and employs 50,000 workers world-wide.

    In January, Ms. Wilson-Raybould was told she was being moved from the high-profile justice portfolio to the veterans ministry. She told committee members she believes the move was triggered by her refusal to direct prosecutors to drop the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

    She stepped down from the cabinet this month, days after the allegations of judicial interference emerged. In her testimony, she said she resigned because “I did not have confidence to sit around the cabinet table.”

    Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s testimony represents a pivotal moment for Mr. Trudeau, whose reputation has taken a beating from the SNC-Lavalin affair. His political brand of a modern, transparent leader who was willing to give his cabinet greater leeway in crafting policy helped lift him to power in the fall of 2015.

    “This story is potentially toxic for the prime minister’s image,” said Daniel Beland, a political analyst and director of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of Canada in Montreal. Exacerbating matters, Mr. Beland said, was the inability of Mr. Trudeau and his aides to handle the crisis with consistent descriptions of what unfolded.

    Ms. Wilson-Raybould said she was told in mid-December by a top adviser to Mr. Trudeau, Michael Wernick, that the prime minister was “going to find a way to get it done one way or the other, so he is in that kind of mood and I wanted you to be aware of it.”

    Last week, Mr. Wernick delivered testimony in which he said that at no time did Ms. Wilson-Raybould face inappropriate pressure to strike an out-of-court deal with SNC-Lavalin. He acknowledged, though, that he spoke to Ms. Wilson-Raybould about the implications of prosecuting SNC-Lavalin. “I conveyed to her that a lot of her colleagues and the prime minister were quite anxious about what they were hearing and reading in the business press about the future of the company,” he said.


    Polling since the uproar emerged in early February indicates Mr. Trudeau and the Liberal government are bleeding support, less than eight months before the next national election. Surveys from Ipsos Public Affairs and the Angus Reid Institute indicate the opposition Conservatives hold a lead over the governing Liberals in terms of the popular vote.

    The fate of SNC-Lavalin is an important issue in Quebec, Canada’s second-largest province and a pivotal electoral battleground. The province’s large pension fund, Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, is SNC-Lavalin’s biggest shareholder, with a 20% stake. The company employs 9,000 across Canada, including 3,400 in Quebec.



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