Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's attempt to quash demands for his resignation suffered another blow when his former Attorney General published a secretly recorded telephone conversation with a corruption scandal involving the SNC-Lavalin engineering firm.
Michael Trickeau's advisor Michael Wernick said Friday that Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, the prime minister fearing the loss of Canadian jobs, said he was "determined, fairly firm" about the persecution of the powerful Canadian engineering company in one case to prevent allegations of bribery and corruption in Libya. Wilson Wilson said during the appeal that the adjutant's pressure was "completely inappropriate" and accused the administration of "political interference" that Wernick denied.
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Th The admission is likely to raise further questions regarding the alleged pressure of the Trudeau government on the former Attorney General to prevent them from filing criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin, which employs about 9,000 people in Canada and about 52,000 people worldwide.
The company is being charged with paying several million dollars to civil servants in Libya between 2001
Wernick is heard in the recording, which states that it is not beneficial for Wilson-Raybould to be in the lead with Trudeau, a deferred charge that could sentence the company to a fine rather than one to undergo a full trial.
"I think he will find a way to do it one way or another. He is in this mood. I wanted you to be aware of that, "said Wernick.
" I think he'll find a way to do it one way or another, he's in that mood, I wanted you to
He said Trudeau believes the government should protect its 9,000 jobs in the company, SNC-Lavalin relies on government contracts and prosecution would allow it For decades, banning the receipt of such contracts, the country spoke for the first time of the scandal, saying that confidence and communication with its former minister of justice had collapsed.
During the press conference, Trudeau refused to apologize to the Canadian people and said his government acted adequately
Another minister from Trudeau's cabinet resigned earlier this month, the president of the finance ministry eriums, Jane Philpott, said it was "unsustainable" that despite the scandal she could stay in the Cabinet and that she could no longer defend the government.
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] Trudeau's popularity has dropped significantly and has led to opposition claims for resignation and independent investigations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.