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Conservative leader Andrew Scheer calls for Justin Trudeau to resign

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has called for the prime minister to resign.

He said Justin Trudeau has lost the moral authority to govern and must quit ahead of a police investigation of his government.

Scheer spoke immediately after former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould testified to the House of Commons justice committee Wednesday.

She discussed the pressure she felt from Trudeau and others to head off a criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.

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Wilson-Raybould testified that she withstood four months of attempts to get her to reverse a decision not to make a plea-bargain-type deal with the company.

Scheer said the Mounties need to open a criminal investigation into what the Liberal government did to help SNC-Lavalin, which faces criminal charges related to allegedly corrupt dealings in Libya.

He said that given what Wilson-Raybould laid out in her testimony, Trudeau can no longer lead the nation.

“As Ms. Wilson-Raybould has so clearly articulated, the people Canadians entrusted to protect the integrity of our very nation, were instead only protecting themselves and their friends,” Scheer said.

“As we enter a critical budget debate, and with other pressing matters of public interest in need of action, Mr. Trudeau’s cabinet must now find a way forward without him. I urge them to do so. They have a duty to govern this nation, not help a disgraced prime minister hang onto power.”

Speaking in Montreal, Trudeau said Canadians will be able to choose who they want as prime minister in this fall’s general election.

With files from the Canadian Press

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