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Trudeau should be ordered to committee to explain his actions: Scheer

Leader of the Opposition Andrew Scheer speaks with the media in the Foyer of the House of Commons in West Block, Monday February 25, 2019, in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer says Canadians should be outraged that Liberal politicians made any attempt to influence the outcome of a criminal case.

Scheer is introducing a motion today asking the House of Commons to order Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to appear at the Commons justice committee to explain his role in what he alleges “could very well be obstruction of justice.”

Scheer says it is clear now that Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin successfully lobbied the government for the criminal code to be changed to avoid a criminal prosecution.

He says the Liberals then launched a sustained campaign to get the attorney general and the head of public prosecutions to allow SNC-Lavalin to use that new law.

The House justice committee is holding hearings to determine whether the Prime Minister’s Office inappropriately pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould — and Conservatives say Trudeau must testify about what happened in his office.

Trudeau denies any improper conduct occurred and that any conversations on the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin were done with Wilson-Raybould knowing the final decision was hers alone.

The Canadian Press