Trudeau's Liberal government has been on the defensive for a month over allegations by former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould that officials inappropriately pressured her previous year to help construction firm SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a corruption trial in connection with almost $48 million in payments made to Libyan government officials.
Trudeau confirmed he raised the political implications for himself as the Liberal MP in the Quebec riding of Papineau, and for the then ongoing Quebec election, if a successful criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin on foreign bribery charges resulted in the loss of 9,000 jobs in Quebec and across Canada.
"All through the fall, we thought that the minister was open to listening to other points of view and to continuing to reflect on this decision because, in effect, it is in the law that this decision can continue to be made at any moment in time", said the Prime Minister, speaking in French.
"I am firmly convinced that nothing happened here beyond the normal operations of government", Butts said.
But an attorney-general is the exception to this rule, because criminal prosecutions must be separate from politics.
It has argued for an out of court settlement, known as a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA), saying it had cleaned shop by changing executives and overhauling its ethics and compliance systems in recent years.
SNC-Lavalin (OTCMKT:SNCAF) has pleaded not guilty to fraud and corruption charges related to allegations it paid about $35-M USA in bribes to public officials in Libya between Ys 2001 and 2011.
"It's a pseudo-scandal. It's crap". She has issued messages of support for Mr Wilson-Raybould on Twitter. "These people are delusional".
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She also suggested jobs at the Quebec company would be more affected by Alberta's economy than the outcome of any criminal prosecution SNC-Lavalin is facing.
A criminal conviction would ban SNC from receiving federal contracts for 10 years under current rules. SNC-Lavalin is a Quebec-based engineering and construction company which holds a special place in the hearts of Quebec voters, according to Mr Bociurkiw.
Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he will not be introducing a motion of non-confidence against Justin Trudeau despite saying the prime minister has lost the moral authority to govern because of the SNC-Lavalin affair. Canadian media have covered the story as intensely as American networks have covered Trump, noted Nelson Wiseman, a professor at the University of Toronto.
Trudeau denied that his involvement in the case was for partisan or political reasons, instead stating that it was his responsibility to protect jobs for Canadians.
Rather, they would imply it in sombre tones at a justice committee hearing and a press conference where they graciously pointed out that two people can have two different interpretations of the same event. Trudeau said it is a lesson learned as he turns the page and moves forward. Trump said sympathetic things about Russian Federation during the campaign and was elected despite that and other controversies, giving him "the sense that he can do anything and his base will still follow him".
Justin Trudeau rose to power in Canada as a champion of feminism and indigenous rights, quickly earning him golden boy status at home and overseas as a progressive leader. Have I been in disagreement with my colleagues or the prime minister at times? Trudeau, 47, came to power in November 2015 promising more accountability and a greater number of women in the Cabinet.
Last month, the Canadian Press reported that Fergus, who is the chair of Parliament's black caucus, said the government's bureaucracy has been slow to act on the promises Trudeau made around equal opportunity and treatment for black Canadians at a Black History Month speech previous year.