Former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould had barely finished several hours of testimony to a parliamentary committee, during which she accused several top Liberals including the Prime Minister of political interference, when Opposition leader Andrew Scheer called for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s resignation. Here is Scheer’s full statement.
Justin Trudeau simply cannot continue to govern this great nation now that Canadians know what he has done. That is why I am calling on Justin Trudeau to resign. Further, the RCMP must immediately open an investigation – if it has not already done so—into the numerous examples of obstruction of justice the former Attorney General detailed in her testimony.
The testimony Canadians have just heard from the former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould tells the story of a Prime Minister who has lost the moral authority to govern. A Prime Minister who allows his partisan political motivations to overrule his duty to uphold the rule of law. A Prime Minister who doesn’t know where the Liberal Party ends and where the Government of Canada begins. And a Prime Minister who has allowed a systemic culture of corruption to take root in his office and those of his most senior cabinet and public service colleagues.
I listened carefully to the testimony of the former Attorney General, and like Canadians, I was sickened and appalled by her story of inappropriate, and frankly illegal pressure brought to bear on her by the highest officials of Justin Trudeau’s government. All to let a Liberal-connected corporation off the hook on corruption charges.
Before Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, Canadians knew Justin Trudeau had engineered an unwanted, sustained, and co-ordinated attempt to get Ms. Wilson-Raybould to change her mind and stop the criminal trial of SNC-Lavalin. Today, thanks to Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, we now know just how intense those efforts were: ten meetings and ten phone calls involving eleven senior government officials relentlessly targeting Ms. Wilson-Raybould over a four month period—with the sole objective of bullying her into bending the law to benefit a well-connected corporation.
The details are as shocking as they are corrupt: multiple veiled threats to her job if she didn’t bow to their demands. Urgings to consider the consequences on election results and shareholder value above judicial due process. And reminders from Justin Trudeau to his Attorney General about his own electoral prospects should she allow SNC-Lavalin’s trial to proceed.
As Ms. Wilson-Raybould has so clearly articulated, the people Canadians entrusted to protect the integrity of our very nation were instead only protecting themselves and their friends.
Mr. Trudeau can no longer, in good standing and with a clear conscience, lead this great nation.
Canada should be a country where we are all equal under the law. Where nobody—regardless of wealth, status, or political connections – is above the law. I believe we can be that country again.
MORE ABOUT SNC-LAVALIN:
- Trudeau and senior Liberals kept linking SNC-Lavalin prosecution to elections
- Jody Wilson-Raybould’s opening statement at justice committee: Full transcript
- Jody Wilson-Raybould testifies at justice committee: Video
- All of the things Jody Wilson-Raybould can (and still can’t) say today