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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks to the National Press Theater in Ottawa to deliver remarks, March 7, 2019 (Photo for Justin Tang for The Canadian Press via AP Images).

Why the SNC-Lavalin Scandal Is Such a Blow for Canada’s Trudeau

Friday, March 15, 2019

In late February, Canada’s former justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, testified before a parliamentary committee that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other high-ranking aides had pressured her to intervene on behalf of the engineering firm SNC-Lavalin in a criminal case being pursued against the company. Trudeau now faces his biggest political crisis since taking office, with general elections looming in October. In an email interview, Christopher Sands, director of the Center for Canadian Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, explains the background of the SNC-Lavalin scandal and its implications for Trudeau and Canada’s political landscape.

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