Ellis weighs in on SNC Lavalin fallout

Ellis weighs in on SNC Lavalin fallout

Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis spoke at the funding announcement at CFB Trenton

"It's a huge privilege - I come from a rural riding, a dairy riding, in fact, in the south of Quebec, so I'm very close to the producers in Quebec", she said outside Rideau Hall after being sworn in as the first female federal agriculture minister.

Wilson-Raybould was removed as attorney general and justice minister during a January cabinet shuffle, and moved to Veterans Affairs.

Trudeau and the Liberals have denied they acted inappropriately in conversations with Wilson-Raybould about SNC-Lavalin. Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef added International Development to her ministerial portfolios.

"To have the honour to represent the people who preserve peace and democracy for us worldwide, that's a long piece from a demotion", he said.

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.

Goodale said he's hoping there can be "some kind of reconciliation" with Wilson-Raybould but isn't sure that's possible.

Trudeau is said to have used undue influence to pressure Wilson-Raybould into intervening in the matter so that, instead of facing prosecution, SNC-Lavalin would be allowed a deferred prosecution agreement. They noted Trudeau has not been in the Commons for question period since Wilson-Raybould testified late Wednesday afternoon.

Her remarks prompted the leader of the official opposition Conservative Party to demand Trudeau's resignation.

This would throw the Clerk's claims up in the air as a dishonest attempt to pressure the former Attorney General with false claims.

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