Canada PM shuffles cabinet for second time in six weeks amid crisis

Ellis weighs in on SNC Lavalin fallout

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he was concerned about 9,000 jobs but that the decision over letting SNC-Lavalin off the prosecution's hook in favour of what basically amounts to a fine was hers and hers alone.

In her first substantial public statement on the matter, the former justice minister and attorney general testified that she was inappropriately pressured to prevent the Montreal-based company from being prosecuted in a bribery case.

"She's a very well-respected lady", MacAulay said of Wilson-Raybould, "but what to do about her place in their party is up to the prime minister".

However, new information reveals that SNC-Lavalin has signed an agreement which would ensure that the company keeps its headquarters in the country until 2025.

Friday's shuffle came at the end of a hard week for the Trudeau government, which saw Wilson-Raybould deliver bombshell testimony to the Commons justice committee.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, meanwhile, said Trudeau had lost the moral authority to govern and called on him to resign.

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"I strongly maintain, as I have from the beginning, that I and my staff always acted appropriately and professionally", he said Wednesday.

"Given the subsequent chain of events that include portions of conversations that reference enormous pressure and political interference and the subsequent removal of the former attorney general and justice minister from the position. there is reason to believe that pressure and interference did occur", the letter says.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday shuffled his cabinet for the second time in almost six weeks in response to a political crisis caused by a minister's resignation who then alleged inappropriate conduct by Canadian officials.

On 11 February Canada's Ethics Commissioner said he would open an investigation into the allegations.

She would not comment further, and said she isn't conducting interviews right now.

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