Trudeau says ethics watchdog to decide truth in SNCLavalin affair

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it will be up to the country’s ethics watchdog to decide who is telling the truth in the SNC-Lavalin affair — himself, or former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.Yesterday, Wilson-Raybould detailed what she described as a relentless campaign, including veiled threats, from Trudeau, his senior staff, the top public servant and the finance minister’s office, for her to intervene and order a “remediation agreement” for the company to help it avoid criminal corruption charges.Speaking in suburban Montreal this morning, Trudeau says he totally disagrees with how Wilson-Raybould described discussions she had with him and others about the case.The prime minister says the ethics commissioner, Mario Dion, will settle disagreements over what happened.Trudeau says there is “no doubt” talks didn’t cross any legal lines and that Canadians expect their government to look for ways to protect jobs and expand the economy while respecting the rule of law. As for Wilson-Raybould’s future as a Liberal, Trudeau says he is still mulling over whether she will be allowed to remain in caucus.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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14yearolds drowning death linked to sugary alcoholic drinks Quebec coroner

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec coroner has found that alcohol played a role in the death of a 14-year-old girl who was found dead in a stream behind her school in Laval, Que., last year.Martin Larocque concludes that Athena Gervais died of drowning and possible hypothermia in the context of excessive consumption of a sweetened alcoholic beverage.A report released today concludes Gervais consumed most of three 568 ml cans of a beverage called FCKD UP — the equivalent of 12 glasses of wine — in the span of half an hour on Feb. 26, 2018.She didn’t return to class that afternoon and her body was found three days later in a stream in a wooded area.Larocque concluded that Gervais likely became disoriented due to the effects of alcohol and fell into the stream by accident, where she drowned in only two feet of water.Quebec and Canadian health authorities have moved to limit the sale and production of sugary, high-alcohol drinks since Gervais’ death, but Larocque says more action is needed to counter the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption in youth.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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