As the SNC-Lavalin affair continues, MP Dan Albas and others within the federal Conservative Party are calling for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s resignation.
“Justin Trudeau simply cannot continue to govern this great country now that Canadians know what he has done,” Albas said in a letter to the editor. He said the SNC-Lavalin affair exposes Trudeau as someone who has allowed partisan political motivations to come before his role as Prime Minister.
Last week, former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said she had come under pressure from Trudeau, his senior staff and others to halt a criminal prosecution against the Montreal-based engineering firm.
She said that from September to December, 2018, she was pressured to interfere with the investigation.
Her statements are deeply concerning and deserve further investigation. Canadians need to know whether the federal government interfered in this matter.
In a democracy, the elected leadership and those working within government must be held to a high ethical standard at all times.
Nothing less is acceptable.
When a Prime Minister or another member of the government is said to have “lost the moral authority to govern,” as Albas, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and others have said, the statements speak to the high value placed on integrity.
However, calls for Trudeau’s resignation are premature. The matter must first be investigated.
At this point, Wilson-Raybould’s comments are raising some valid concerns. Her statements need to be examined carefully.
— Black Press