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Trudeau refuses to resign

Ottawa

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, rejecting an opposition call for his resignation, disputed allegations on Wednesday by his former justice minister that government officials inappropriately pressured her to help a major company avoid a corruption trial.

The remarks by Jody Wilson-Raybould, made during a testimony to the House of Commons justice committee, deepened the worst crisis of Trudeau’s tenure months before an October election.

Wilson-Raybould said she had confronted Trudeau over what she said were persistent efforts by officials to help construction firm SNC-Lavalin Group Inc evade trial on charges of bribing Libyan officials. “I strongly maintain that I and my staff always acted appropriately and professionally,” Trudeau told a televised news conference in Montreal.
“I, therefore, completely disagree with (Wilson-Raybould’s) characterisation of events,” he added, brushing off a demand from Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer that he step down. The case forced the resignation of Trudeau’s principal private secretary, Gerald Butts, earlier this month.