(Ottawa) After formalizing the Leader of the Official Opposition, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is “not interested” in having to take the legal route for Andrew Scheer to withdraw words that he considers “highly defamatory” in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin affair.
“If he stops and if he withdraws his words, it will be satisfactory. I’m not interested in using [the courts] for that, but I have and I will always expect the debate to be truthful and [factually] based on the facts, “Justin said. Trudeau interviewed by reporters on his arrival at the cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning.
Trudeau accused Andrew Scheer of uttering “highly defamatory” remarks about him in a March 29 press release in which the Conservative leader accused the prime minister of interfering in the process. To negotiate an SNC-Lavalin repair agreement.
“I hope he will continue to remove the things he said are incorrect and I hope he will think twice before lying to Canadians,” Trudeau said.
Andrew Scheer revealed the existence of the notice, sent to him by the lawyer of Mr. Trudeau March 31, at a press conference Sunday. The Prime Minister’s approach has revived the ardor of Conservative elected officials who now challenge him to put his threat of prosecution into execution.
Mr. Scheer insists he “maintains” his previous statements. The press release in dispute is still available on the political party’s website.
Ethics Committee Meeting
The Conservative and NDP members of the Standing Committee on Ethics will today try again to examine the SNC-Lavalin case in the light of information recently submitted by the former Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould, including a recording of a telephone conversation with Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick.
Conservative MPs demand that the committee convene by April 12 a dozen key players in the controversy to testify. The NDP wants to hear from Justin Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford and Ben Merreau’s chief of staff, Ben Chin.