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The Quick Read on Justin Trudeau's Mounting Political Troubles

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Nov 30, -0001 12:00 AM 2019+ year ago

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continued his struggle to contain the fallout from one of the biggest political scandals in Canadian history.

The controversy centers on a Quebec-based construction firm, SNC-Lavalin, accused of bribing the Gaddafi regime in Libya to win government contracts. Canada's former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Rabould says she was pressured by the Trudeau administration to settle corruption charges with SNC-Lavalin, a move which would have avoided the company being barred from bidding on government contracts. That would have hurt both the company and its workforce, a significant proportion of whom work in Quebec -- Trudeau's home province.

The prime minister's critics say his administration--and Trudeau himself--improperly interfered; Trudeau and his supporters claim that he was only looking out for the wellbeing of Canadian citizens and did nothing improper. As ever, the reality lies somewhere in the middle.

Although nobody in Trudeau's cabinet has been accused of breaking the law, the scandal has rocked Canadian politics. Two Trudeau ...

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