OTTAWA – of All the ministers prepared to comment on the resignation of the principal secretary Justin Trudeau had only good words for Gerald Butts, Tuesday morning. On the side of the opposition, during this time, in the Room, there was a common front to demand a public inquiry on the case of SNC-Lavalin, is at the origin of the resignation of the right arm of the prime minister.
Several members of the Trudeau cabinet, however, have preferred to go straight in front of the barrage of journalists at the door of the meeting of the council of ministers. Mr. Trudeau was part of the group who has kept the silence.
“Gerry is a friend. He has done a lot, a lot, for Canada, for our government,” insisted the minister of foreign Affairs asked by chrystia Freeland.
“It is (…) especially grateful for the work that he has done,” added Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of Family, Children and social Development.
And as the question came up often – why he resigned if he did nothing? – the Finance minister has attempted a response. “He has decided that it is important to protect its reputation and in my opinion, this is a good decision,” said Bill Morneau.
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During this time, in the House of commons, the opposition affûtait his knives.
As the new democrats were in control of the subject of the debate on Tuesday, they filed a motion asking the prime minister to raise the secret to the former attorney-general and urging the government to launch a public inquiry into the case of SNC-Lavalin.
“Canadians deserve credible responses”, launched the new democrat member of parliament Charlie Angus at the opening of the debate.
And their approach will be supported by the conservatives, has confirmed on Tuesday morning the chief Andrew Scheer. When he woke up in the Room, it was announced that the official opposition will vote unanimously in favor of the motion.
The minister of Infrastructure and Communities François-Philippe Champagne, ensured a little earlier than they all want to “shed light on the latest events”.
But Mr. Champagne has rather made reference to a review by the ethics commissioner, insisting on the necessity that his government continues “to focus on what matters to Canadians”.
On Monday afternoon, Mr. Butts announced that he was resigning from his functions while denying to have exerted pressure on the ex-minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to avoid a trial for fraud and corruption at SNC-Lavalin.
Ms. Wilson-Raybould has resigned last week, after having been demoted in mid-January, the position of the minister of Justice to that of minister of veterans affairs.
The pressure that Justin Trudeau also denies having made him suffer would have referred to grant a prosecution agreement suspended (APS) to SNC-Lavalin.
This maneuver allows you to suspend criminal proceedings against companies. In exchange, they admit the facts, and then agree to pay a financial penalty salty and cooperate with the authorities. They avoid being banned from government contracts in the future.