Pressure Mounts For Trudeau To Resign As Cabinet Members Step Down Amid SNC-Lavalin Scandal
Here's a timeline of major events in the last month.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been embroiled in scandal over the last month. The "SNC-Lavalin affair," in which Trudeau's office allegedly pressured former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to not pursue a trial for the Montreal-based engineering company, SNC-Lavalin, has dominated headlines for weeks.
SNC-Lavalin was charged for fraud and bribery in Libya by the RCMP. You can find a simple explanation of this complicated issue.
Since this news broke, things have gone from bad to worse for the Prime Minister. Trudeau's reticence at addressing the subject has certainly not helped.
Below is a quick list of everything that has gone wrong.
TL;DR In the last two weeks things have gone from bad to worse for Trudeau. Here's a timeline of major events that spell out bad news for the Prime Minister.
1. The SNC-Lavalin Scandal
When: Since February 7
Since the explosive Globe and Mail report about SNC-Lavalin, public outrage over the scandal has skyrocketed. The report alleged that Trudeau's government passed legislation that could allow SNC-Lavalin to skip trial. The company would instead be able to make a deal through which it would admit to some wrongful activity and pay a fine.
This scandal has shaken many Canadians, who want to see the Montreal-based company prosecuted.
2. Resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould
When: February 12
Wilson-Raybould played a part in the SNC-Lavalin scandal. The former Justice Minister did not want to back down on the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin in court, and it is alleged that for this reason she was relocated, serving in the Ministry for Veteran Affairs. She was the subject of both scrutiny and support. She resigned from the cabinet on February 12.
3. Trudeau's Approval Rate Has Gone Way Down
When: February 26
According to the Angus Reid Institute, six in ten Canadians and three in ten Liberal supporters have stated that their view of Trudeau has worsened over the last month
Trudeau is behind Andrew Scheer in terms of likeability.
4. Losing Ground To Conservatives
On that note, it was announced by the Angus Reid Institute in the same poll that the Conservatives had gained popularity as the SNC-Lavalin scandal progressed. The organisation announced that the Conservatives have a seven-point lead over the Liberals amongst voters.
5. Calls for Trudeau's resignation from the oppostion
When: February 28
Last week, Wilson-Raybould testified that she thought the pressure from the Prime Minister's office was inappropriate and made her lose confidence in the cabinet. This led federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer to call for Trudeau's resignation.
After what we’ve learned Justin Trudeau has lost the moral authority to govern and must resign. The RCMP must also immediately open an investigation into the examples of obstruction of justice by Mr. Trudeau. Canada should be a country where we are all equal under the law. pic.twitter.com/FPMtosqRY0— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) March 1, 2019
6. Resignation of Jane Philpott
When: March 4.
Jane Philpott announced her resignation from cabinet mere hours ago. The former Treasury Board president was one of Trudeau's most trusted ministers. She cited a lack of trust over the handling of the SNC-Lavalin scandal as a factor in her resignation.
It grieves me to resign from a portfolio where I was at work to deliver an important mandate. I must abide by my core values, my ethical responsibilities, constitutional obligations. There can be a cost to acting on one’s principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them. pic.twitter.com/EwO5dtdgG6— Jane Philpott (@janephilpott) March 4, 2019
In her letter she states that "the evidence of efforts by politicians and/or officials to pressure the former attorney general to intervene in the criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin, and the evidence as to the content of those efforts, have raised serious concerns for me."
7. A divided cabinet and amplified calls for Trudeau's resignation
Jody Wilson-Raybould today tweeted her support for Philpott.
To the incomparable @janephilpott, truly the #MOC...For almost 4 years our country has witnessed your constant & unassailable commitment to always doing what is right & best for Cdns. You are a leader of vision & strength & I look forward to continuing to work alongside you. ❤️U. pic.twitter.com/bwL6ouQjSA— Jody Wilson-Raybould (@Puglaas) March 4, 2019
Andrew Scheer has now renewed his call for Trudeau's resignation, citing a government in "chaos."
Justin Trudeau’s government is in chaos. He wouldn’t allow the former Attorney General to speak freely, so we don’t know her full story. Trudeau’s story changes daily and won’t come clean with Canadians. He needs to fully cooperate with any RCMP investigations and resign. pic.twitter.com/Qw0yfx9fj9— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) March 4, 2019
In addition, as Narcity has reported, social media has been flooded with calls for Trudeau's resignation from thousands of Canadians.
Since Philpott's resignation, those calls have only multiplied.
.@Puglaas @MPCelina @janephilpott— 〽️yrna (@TheMCG) March 4, 2019
All these amazing, strong women resigning from .@JustinTrudeau ‘s cabinet when it’s him who should step down. Thank you for putting partisanship aside. You exude integrity. #LavalinLiberals #LavScam #RESIGNTRUDEAU #CdnPoli
Stay tuned for more news about the SNC-Lavalin scandal.