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Ms Wilson-Raybould gave testimony before the Canadian House of Commons justice committee for several hours on Wednesday, speaking out against members of staff and Prime Minister Trudeau attempting to interfere with an investigation into the SNC-Lavalin corporation, The Globe and Mail reports.

The Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin is facing accusations that its former executives paid millions of dollars in bribes to win contracts in Libya under Muammar Gaddafi's rule, which collapsed in 2011.

Wilson-Raybould says the federal Liberal Party kept raising the Quebec election as one of the reasons why she should consider cutting a deal with SNC-Lavalin.

Today, thanks to Ms. Wilson-Raybould's testimony, we now know just how intense those efforts were: ten meetings and ten phone calls involving eleven senior government officials relentlessly targeting Ms. Wilson-Raybould over a four month period - with the sole objective of bullying her into bending the law to benefit a well-connected corporation.

In an email, Surrey Centre MP Randeep Sarai said he did not believe that Trudeau placed "consistent and sustained" pressure on Wilson-Raybould, but merely discussed the matter with her. Suspicions that something was amiss in the Trudeau government were aroused when Trudeau demoted Wilson-Raybould from attorney general to Veterans Affairs minister last month following a cabinet shuffle.

Asked if she has confidence in Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould paused for some time and did not say yes.

In an unusual move, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland appeared on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.to say she fully backed Trudeau.

In a CBC radio interview, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said caucus is a "broad church" that accommodates diverse views.

The lights were dimmed and meetings put on hold briefly on Wednesday at a Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs meeting so people could watch part of Wilson-Raybould's testimony. A Prime Minister who allows his partisan political motivations to overrule his duty to uphold the rule of law.

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Official Opposition Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is demanding that Trudeau resign for political interference and says the Royal Canadian Mounted Police must investigate Wilson-Raybould's enormous claims. "I therefore completely disagree with the former attorney general's characterization of events", Trudeau told reporters in Montreal.

"In my view, these events constituted pressure to intervene in a matter and that this pressure, or political interference to intervene, was not appropriate", she told the committee.

Prime Minister Trudeau, meanwhile, rejected calls for his resignation saying that voters would get to decide their next prime minister at the upcoming national elections in October.

And he said no one from his office will be resigning: "I strongly maintain, as I have from the beginning, that I and my staff always acted appropriately and professionally".

The NDP and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May called for an independent public inquiry into the affair and demanded that Trudeau fire Wernick. "My job as Prime Minister has always been to stand up for Canadians and Canadian workers", he said.

February 19 - Wilson-Raybould stuns observers by attending a meeting of the very cabinet from which she had resigned a week earlier. In a meeting with Trudeau, the prime minister raised the issue and asked her to "help out" with the case, she said.

Wilson-Raybould remains a member of Trudeau's Liberal party in Parliament.

She disputed that version of events, saying Trudeau only offered some vague assurance after she confronted him directly at the September 17 meeting, two weeks after Roussel had decided not to consider a remediation agreement.

"I thought he would come out and he might be a little bit ashamed, that he might of apologized".

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