February 20, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, issued a statement following reports that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Sept. 17, 2018 meeting with Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould occurred after SNC-Lavalin had been denied a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA):
“This new information casts an even darker shadow over the Sept. 17, 2018 meeting between Justin Trudeau and Jody Wilson-Raybould. It is the strongest evidence so far that the Prime Minister’s Office inappropriately and potentially illegally tried to influence this criminal prosecution.
“Until today, Canadians were told that Justin Trudeau met with the former Attorney General well before the Justice Department’s decision not to award SNC-Lavalin a deferred prosecution agreement. Today, we learned that meeting occurred two weeks after the decision to deny a DPA was made.
“This is extremely important, because we know that in that meeting, Mr. Trudeau reminded Ms. Wilson-Raybould that the final decision on SNC-Lavalin’s DPA was hers to make. If the decision had already been made, it’s difficult not to interpret the Prime Minister’s reminder to Ms. Wilson-Raybould as direct pressure to intervene in the prosecution.
“The Prime Minister must immediately explain to Canadians why he felt it necessary to remind Ms. Wilson-Raybould about her authority in SNC-Lavalin’s prosecution after a decision had already been made.”
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