An Ipsos poll for Global News released yesterday put Mr Trudeau’s Liberal Party on just 31 percent, versus 40 percent for the opposition Conservative Party. Mr Trudeau is facing accusations of interfering in a corruption case to help construction firm SNC-Lavalin. The crisis began when former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from the government on February 12.
Ms Wilson-Raybould claimed she faced an “inappropriate effort”, including “veiled threats”, from Mr Trudeau and other senior government figures seeking to prevent SNC-Lavalin facing a criminal trial.
SNC-Lavalin is accused of bribing Libyan government figures between 2001 and 2011, when the country was under the brutal rule of Muammar Gaddafi.
She commented: “It is a fundamental doctrine of the rule of law that our Attorney General should not be subjected to political pressure or interference regarding the exercise of her prosecutorial discretion in criminal cases.
“Sadly, I have lost confidence in how the government has dealt with this matter and in how it has responded to the issues raised.”
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Gerald Butts, who resigned as Mr Trudeau’s top aide last month, will appear before a Canadian parliamentary committee later today.
Penny Collenette, the former national director of the Liberal Party turned professor at the University of Ottawa, argued the government needs to move quickly if it is to survive.
She argued: “Governments survive resignations from high-profile cabinet ministers, it doesn’t have to be fatal at all.
“But we’re now into the fourth week and every day that goes by without this closing is a day lost for this government in an election year.”
A Canadian federal election is due to take place in October, with Conservative leader Andrew Scheer hoping to unseat Mr Trudeau.
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Reacting to the scandal Mr Scheer commented: “Justin Trudeau simply cannot continue to govern this country now that Canadians know what he has done.
“I am calling on Mr Trudeau to do the right thing and to resign.”
Mr Trudeau insists all his contact with Ms Wilson-Raybould was above board and designed to protect Canadian jobs.
Speaking at a press conference at the end of last month he said: “I strongly maintain, as I have from the beginning, that I and my staff always acted appropriately and professionally.
“I therefore completely disagree with Ms Wilson-Raybould’s characterisation of events.”