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Trudeau unlikely to resign over SNC-Lavalin: expert

Last Updated Feb 27, 2019 at 9:36 pm PDT

FILE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Veterans Affairs Minister Jodie Wilson-Raybould attend a swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Veterans Affairs Minister Wilson-Raybould is quitting the federal cabinet. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
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Former Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould has said she was pressured by the Prime Minister on SNC-Lavalin

Trudeau has denied allegations of political interference

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer calls for Trudeau to resign, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for a public inquiry

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Despite Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s calls for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to resign over the SNC-Lavalin affair, a political scientist says it’s unlikely that will happen.

Wilson-Raybould testified today she was pressured by Trudeau and his representatives to halt the prosecution of Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.

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Hamish Telford, a political science professor at the University of the Fraser Valley says even though the testimony is scathing, it’s more likely Trudeau will continue his role.

“This story is going to carry on for a little while longer, and we’ll see what other revelations are made,” he says. “We’ll see what other testimony is made in terms of other people who were involved in these conversations and see if their recollections were the same as the former Attorney General’s were today.”

WATCH: Analyzing Jody Wilson-Raybould’s Testimony

Telford says it’s more likely Trudeau will wait and let people decide if they believe him by the way they vote in October’s federal election.

“He may well come to regret making a statement like that, but ultimately, he is right,” he says. “Think back to Stephen Harper’s government back in 2008 was found to be in contempt of Parliament and, shortly thereafter, we had an election and the Harper government won again. In fact, won a majority government.”

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The vote wouldn’t be on this issue alone, but rather it would be the public making a judgement about Trudeau’s entire performance and weighing it against the potential of opposition leaders to form government, he says.

“Maybe Justin Trudeau feels fairly confident that once people are making the choice between him and Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh, that we’ll choose him,” he says.

If his students are any indication of who people will believe, it may not be in his favour.

Telford watched the opening statements in Wilson-Raybould’s testimony today with his students, who he says mostly believe her version of events.