Justin Trudeau: Scandal-hit PM dealt blow as party BAN alleged victim from re-testifying

His Liberal party agreed a move to ban the country’s former attorney general Jodie Wilson-Raybould from testifying again amid claims Mr Trudeau pressured her in an effort to protect jobs. Mr Trudeau’s position has been under intense scrutiny since allegations of wrongdoing emerged, all of which he denies. The justice committee held an emergency meeting on Wednesday, which discussed whether they should hear from Ms Wilson-Raybould again.

According to The Guardian, the group is Liberal-heavy and within 30 minutes a vote barring her from testifying was motioned before agreed.

Following the vote, Conservative Pierre Poilievre said Liberals were “trying to silence the former attorney general”.

He added: “Canadians deserve to know what those events were.

“So far the Prime Minister has kept in place a partial gag order preventing them from finding out.”

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Ms Wilson-Raybould has previously argued she was under pressure to drop criminal proceedings against construction firm SNC-Lavalin by Mr Trudeau and other prosecutors.

The business employs around 9,000 workers in Quebec.

Mr Trudeau and others allegedly demanded Ms Wilson-Raybould issue financial penalties to the company as opposed to hitting it with a decade-long ban on bidding for government business.

Denying the accusations, Mr Trudeau said: “I can repeat and reassure Canadians that there was no breakdown of our systems, of our rule of law, of the integrity of our institutions.”

Experts claim Mr Trudeau’s position is now in serious jeopardy.

Mr Trudeau was elected due to his progressive policies and vow to right the wrongs suffered by Canada’s native people, known as First Nations.

Recent polls suggest the public’s faith in the Prime Minister is diminishing.

Yesterday, he flew back to Ottawa from a Florida holiday after only spending two days there.

The Canadian Prime Minister’s wracking up the air miles coincides with him ramping up his campaign against climate change.

According to Mr Trudeau’s official itinerary, his 21-hour return to Ottawa was spent in “private meetings.”

Chantal Gagnon, senior press secretary with the Office of the Prime Minister, said: “What I told some journalists even on Sunday was ‘don’t be surprised if the PM comes back for meetings this week’ and he did indeed have a couple of meetings yesterday.’”

source: express.co.uk