Canada's no-sex, no-money scandal could topple Trudeau

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Deciding to continue with the prosecution of SNC was clearly Roussel using her discretion, and it is settled law that prosecutorial discretion is not subject to judicial review except in rare cases, and further, that it goes far and wide and includes all manner of things - from the decision to pursue a risky offender application to the decision to negotiate a plea to the decision to launch an appeal.

Remediation agreements are a new legal tool in corporate-corruption cases that force a company to pay stiff restitution but avoid the risk of a criminal conviction that could threaten its financial viability and hurt innocent employees, shareholders and suppliers.

The House justice committee will be recalled on Wednesday for a meeting where opposition MPs will call for Jody Wilson-Raybould to be invited to give a second testimony on the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government is grappling with a crisis over allegations that top officials pressured Canada's former attorney general to direct the public prosecutor to strike a deal with the Montreal-based company rather than go ahead with a trial.

SNC expressed its disappointment with the decision later on Friday.

He and his officials just wanted to talk about the case, and about options for reconsidering her decision against intervening in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

SNC-Lavalin shares were down 0.44 percent at 3 pm eastern (2000 GMT), in line with declines in the broader market.

Trudeau partly waived solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality so Wilson-Raybould could speak publicly, but not about communication with Kathleen Roussel, the director of public prosecutions.

Wilson-Raybould was demoted from her role as attorney general and justice minister in January as part of a Cabinet shuffle by Trudeau.

"In regards to standing up for jobs and defending the integrity of the rule of law, I continue to say there was no inappropriate pressure", the Prime Minister said.

But Scheer dismissed Butts's testimony as "damage control" and said the buck stops with the prime minister, reported the Toronto Sun.

"The Prime Minister was on and mentioned there were some lessons that had been learned, and moving forward we're still going to be about jobs and protecting jobs, and we also need to take a look at it and address any other issues that are out there".

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"What we see now is that she wasn't prepared to change her mind". "A government and a party that reflects a broad range of perspectives is better able to serve as a strong team". "She did not come to me and I wish she had", he said.

"The seriousness and severity of what is at stake for this country can not be overstated", said Conservative leader Andrew Scheer on Thursday.

"It's up to his party now to determine whether or not they want to keep him on as leader", Scheer said during a news conference in Rosser, Man., on Friday. You know what, can we tell you exactly the precise number? No.

Trudeau called the issue involving SNC-Lavalin "a tough one".

It was a message of contrition, but there was no apology from Justin Trudeau as he faced reporters in the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

"The Inuit who were apologized to today matter".

"Trudeau would not be able to get away with what Trump does because the political cultures and the state of political polarization of the two countries are still quite different", Wiseman said.

Meanwhile, SNC-Lavalin's court action simmered away in the background.

The federal prosecution office asked the Federal Court to dismiss the company's request for judicial review.

SNC-Lavalin, which employs 9,000 people in Canada, was seeking a so-called deferred prosecution agreement to allow the firm to escape with a fine.

"Trudeau is facing a serious crisis of confidence in his leadership", said Stephanie Chouinard, a politics professor at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Now that a judge has refused to force the government's hand, it's up to Lametti to decide what to do.