Poor Justin. How dare the opposition expose his corruption. SO SUE ME
PM threatens lawsuit over Snc-lavalin comments. Scheer says bring it on
Poor Justin Trudeau has hurt feelings.
The PM is upset that he has been criticized over the Snc-lavalin scandal and so he has threatened to sue Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.
“One week ago, I received a letter threatening to sue me,” Scheer announced at a Sunday news conference.
The letter was from wellknown Toronto lawyer Julian Porter.
“The prime minister supports wide-ranging and vigorous political debate on matters of public policy,” Porter wrote on behalf of Trudeau.
“However, your statement, in its entirety, is beyond the pale of fair debate and is libellous of my client personally and in the way of his occupation as prime minister.”
In particular, Porter highlights a statement issued by Scheer on March 29 in response to the release of more documents, and the audio recording of a telephone call, by former attorney general Jody Wilson-raybould.
Porter is trying to say Scheer’s claim that Trudeau politically interfered in the criminal prosecution, that there was corruption in the way this case was handled, among other statements, amounts to libel.
“I stand by every criticism I have made of Justin Trudeau, including those made in the letter,” Scheer said.
He bloody well should stand by every criticism of Trudeau.
The PM pressured the former attorney general to interfere in a criminal prosecution, he sent his top staff and aides to do the same.
As we can all hear, during the phone call between Wilson-raybould and Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, he actually called for her to take over the case from the independent Director of Public Prosecution.
This ridiculous lawsuit even claims Scheer’s statement that Trudeau told Canadians things he knew to be false is libelous.
Trudeau has claimed time and again that Wilson-raybould never raised concerns about interference in the SNC case. We know she raised these issues with Wernick in that phone call, in a meeting with Gerry Butts and to Trudeau’s face back in September, something he finally admitted in the House of Commons this past week.
As Scheer noted, Trudeau has changed his story multiple times, maybe that is why he is having trouble keeping it all straight.
I can’t believe the PM is attempting to shut down criticism of his government, and of himself, using the threat of a lawsuit.
He’s already used his Liberal MPS to shut down two committees that have tried to investigate this, he has used those same MPS to block witnesses from being called and kicked two women out of caucus for standing up to him on this.
And despite what he mistakenly calls an unprecedented waiver to allow Wilson-raybould to appear before the justice committee, Trudeau has kept the gag on her. He will not allow he to speak on certain matters but lets his friends and allies give their view on the matter openly.
This threat of a lawsuit is nothing short of an attempt to try to control what the opposition says about him.
I know Trudeau has said he admires China’s “basic dictatorship,” but this is taking it a bit far. You are not ruling from Beijing, Justin!
Scheer says he welcomes the lawsuit and wants to get it into court fast.
“I look forward to Mr. Trudeau presenting his evidence to Canadians, under oath, in open court,” Scheer said on Sunday.
“It deserves to be held in a setting where Liberals do not control the proceedings. I welcome the opportunity to examine Mr. Trudeau in pretrial at the earliest date.”
I’ve been calling for Canadians to learn the truth on this matter for months now.
Shockingly, Trudeau’s dumb move might actually let the country get to the bottom of this.
See you in court Justin!