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

Mindy Sparks
March 7, 2019

Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef added International Development to her ministerial portfolios.

MacAulay will take over responsibility for a new veterans-benefits regime the parliamentary budget officer reported last week will mean less generous support for veterans leaving the Canadian Forces.

Previously, she had said her intention was to remain in caucus and continue to serve as the representative for Vancouver Granville.

Trudeau is, however, standing his ground, maintaining he and his staff have acted "appropriately" and "professionally" at all times.

Canada's Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau is facing calls to step down from his position in the wake of revelations made by former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould on the 2015 SNC-Lavalin case of bribery in Libya.

Goodale said he's hoping there can be "some kind of reconciliation" with Wilson-Raybould but isn't sure that's possible.

Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former justice minister and attorney general, testified before a Commons justice committee last week that she was pressured last fall by the PMO to negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement with the engineering firm SNC-Lavalin instead of pursuing a criminal prosecution.

The website says individuals who are registered to lobby the Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food are not permitted to attend the fundraising event.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has asked for Trudeau's resignation and for a police investigation, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has asked for a public inquiry into the matter.

Five former federal and provincial attorneys general - four Conservatives and one New Democrat - sent a joint letter to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki to urge an investigation into two possible criminal offences arising out of Wilson-Raybould's testimony: obstruction of justice and conduct meant to provoke fear in the attorney general. But earlier this month, she had resigned from Trudeau's cabinet; so has the latter's close confidant, Gerry Butts.

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