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Power & Politics Feb 15
. has faced a lot of questions in the last week about and the SNC-Lavalin affair. Here is how he has answered some of those questions in the last 8 days
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Power & Politics Feb 15
“[SNC-Lavalin is] very much an important part of the Cdn. economy & I think that’s being lost in this political debate,” says . “Whatever the scandal is it isn’t because of the people that work day-to-day, the 300 people that work for Lavalin in Sarnia”
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Power & Politics Feb 15
This week, Canada’s ethics watchdog launched an investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair – the fifth ethics probe involving the Trudeau cabinet.
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CBC Montreal Feb 15
Quebec Premier François Legault on whether SNC-Lavalin is too big to fail: "I want to do all we can do to protect this headquarters, protect the thousands of good, well-paid jobs we have at SNC-Lavalin."
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BREAKING: Trump confirms: 'I'm going to be signing a national emergency ... We're talking about an invasion of our country, with drugs and human traffickers and all kinds of drugs and gangs.'
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Power & Politics Feb 15
. condemns the 'sexist and racist' comments about Jody Wilson-Raybould that have been made in the press by anonymous sources. Also says ' proficiency in both official languages was not one of the reasons for her shuffle.
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Power & Politics Feb 15
"There were many discussion going on, which is why Jody Wilson-Raybould asked me if I was directing her, or going to direct, her to take a particular decision [on SNC-Lavalin]," says . "I of course said no that it was her decision to make."
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Power & Politics Feb 15
"If hadn't stepped down suddenly over the Christmas break there would not have been a cabinet shuffle a number of weeks ago and would still be attorney general and minister of justice," says
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Power & Politics Feb 14
Ontario's Social Services Minister said Thursday that she was sorry if she made anyone feel threatened, after said she warned them of consequences if they didn't support her new autism program.
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Power & Politics Feb 14
"There's always pressure in government," says about whether faced pressure to step in and resolve the corruption and fraud case against SNC-Lavalin when she was AG. "What one person sees as pressure, another may see as just a day's work."
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Power & Politics Feb 14
. said he raised concerns about studying remediation agreements at the finance committee (they were introduced as part of the budget implementation bill). "The justice committee seemed pretty preoccupied while the budget bill was going through," he said.
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Power & Politics Feb 14
. says he has "all the confidence in the world" in who is facing calls to resign after a group says she pressured them to support her revised autism program. Ford says "my kryptonite is... when you talk about children with autism."
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Power & Politics Feb 14
“I think folks are concerned about momentum and frustrated at... having to work again with a new minister," says Craig Dalton about the turnover in the minister of veterans affairs post. “The important thing to note is that work goes on.”
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Power & Politics Feb 13
Opposition MPs hammered Liberal members of the justice committee today, urging them to invite Jody Wilson-Raybould to testify about the SNC-Lavalin scandal. Liberals agreed to look into the controversy, but limited the witness list. Watch more: 
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Power & Politics Feb 13
"I liken it to Goldilocks," says on his timeline for balancing Ontario’s budget. "It won’t be too quick, because nobody would believe that. It won't be too long...it will be just right."
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Power & Politics Feb 13
"Let's have ourselves a big group of witnesses," said "Anyone who votes against Mr. Cullen's very reasonable amendment is voting in favour of a coverup," said Here is how today's justice committee meeting played out.
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Power & Politics Feb 13
"Wilson-Raybould has to be invited [to committee] and she will take care of herself," says "I'm tired of Liberals speaking on her behalf. You make the invitation. She has excellent counsel. She will decide where her boundaries are and what she can and can't say."
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Power & Politics Feb 13
"She's retained counsel and she's determining how she's going to be able to come out and speak herself, so clearly she wants to speak," says about Wilson-Raybould. "She wants to say something and we want her to have the opportunity and the forum to do it."
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Power & Politics Feb 13
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On whether committee will ask to hear from says, "I'm not sure that we would want to call former minister Wilson-Raybould in the event she can't speak to the issue...Right now, we're not saying no and we're not saying yes."
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Power & Politics Feb 13
It’s normal for the AG & PMO to have robust conversations, says "People are trying to make things out to be sinister when they're actually normal...I want people to understand where that line actually is and then we can study specifically if that line was crossed."
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