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The spotlight in the SNC-Lavalin affair has shifted to rookie Justice Minister David Lametti now that a court has rejected the company's bid to force the public prosecutor to pursue an alternative to criminal proceedings.

A conviction, the company argued, risked crippling its business and putting thousands out of work, as it would be barred for 10 years from bidding for federal work.

"I'm surprised at how (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) tried to put the blame on Wilson-Raybould".

The calls started nearly immediately after former minister of justice and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould testified before a parliamentary committee on allegations that the Prime Minister's Office pressured her into using a deferred prosecution agreement to drop criminal charges against Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.

Wilson-Raybould's job was to follow through on the charges against the company.

"We will not comment on this matter", SNC-Lavalin spokesman Nicolas Ryan said on Thursday when asked if the company had warned Trudeau of possible job losses in case of a guilty verdict.

SNC expressed its disappointment with the decision later on Friday.

She has testified that she believes she lost the justice job because she did not give in to "sustained" pressure to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin. "They denied this to be the case", Wilson-Raybould said, as reported in the Globe and Mail.

The federal prosecution office asked the Federal Court to dismiss the company's request for judicial review.

In her public statement she said her first testimony was "not a complete account but only a detailed summary". She said no when so many above and around her clearly wanted her to say yes.

Since Wilson-Raybould's testimony the call for Trudeau to resign has been loud and swift, though he has given no indication he will do so.

Trudeau said this was the result of a breakdown in trust and communication between his office and hers, for which he was partly responsible, but Wilson-Raybould should have told him about her concerns.

Trudeau denied her office had been threatened and said the decision was hers alone. He repeated that he wouldn't be doing it at all if it weren't for minister Brison's departure.

"There is always room for improvement", he said, which is in itself an improvement for a prime minister addicted to annoying catch-phrases.

It is not clear how her voters would react, and voters have the final say. The Liberals, with a majority government, were able to defeat it.

Politicians on the opposite end of the political spectrum are making similar criticisms against the Liberal Party.

If members of a government are free to approach an attorney-general on other criminal cases - not to lobby, but just to, you know, share their thoughts - we are no longer living in a rule-of-law country. "They've worked very, very, hard and I think it's important to recognize that work and recognize that they want to play a different role", she said.

The company sought a deferred-prosecution agreement.

Trudeau called the issue involving SNC-Lavalin "a tough one".

In this March 8, 2019, file photo, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen through a beveled pane of glass in a door as he takes part in a news conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada.

"The Inuit who were apologized to today matter".

"The Prime Minister was on and mentioned there were some lessons that had been learned, and moving forward we're still going to be about jobs and protecting jobs, and we also need to take a look at it and address any other issues that are out there".

Premier Scott Moe warned that the ongoing controversy over SNC-Lavalin is becoming a distraction for the federal government, drawing attention away from economic struggles in Saskatchewan and revealing a double standard that favours Quebec.

In its October 19 submission to the Federal Court, the company said while the public prosecutor has discretion to decide whether to open negotiations on a remediation agreement, this discretion "is not unfettered and must be exercised reasonably" under the law.


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