Trudeau to Remain In-Charge of His Position Midst Pressure from Opposition

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau on Thursday, midst mounting pressure from the opposition to leave his designated position won the public support of a top political ally. The move indicated there is no immediate pressure inside his Liberal party to oust him over the political scandal.

The Prime Minister is accused of pressuring his ex-attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould to cut ties with SNC-Lavalin, a construction firm. The company is reportedly facing fraud and corruption charges in relation to approximately $36m in bribes. It is alleged that the firm offered the said amount to Libyan officials between 2001 and 2011.

However, neutralizing the situation, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland appeared on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and said, “I have 100 percent faith in the prime minister.” Freeland has been a continuous supporter of Trudeau’s policies and is often seen as a possible successor to the Prime Minister.

According to a top official, there was no talk about the leadership challenge. Nonetheless, senior members of the Liberal party affirmed that there was a growing rift among legislators about how Trudeau’s team was handling the matter, further ensuring that even Trudeau wanted to replace some of his staff.

Raybould said that she defied Trudeau in September over what according her were continuous efforts by officials to help SNC-Lavalin evade trial on charges of bribing Libyan officials.

SNC-Lavlin is a major employer in the province of Quebec, a place where Liberals need to win seats in order to maintain the majority in the government.

Raybould was demoted in January, and she resigned from the cabinet last month. She said that it was only because of SNC-Lavlin case the cabinet took the move. Contrarily, her testimony is still deemed as a major threat to Trudeau’s chances of getting reelected, with the polls approaching in October.

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