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Trudeau downplays another ministerial resignation amid scandal

Toronto / The Canadian prime minister on Monday downplayed the resignation of his Treasury Board president who resigned from office stating she had lost confidence in the government’s handling of a corruption inquiry.

Jane Philpott is the second ministerial resignation that Justin Trudeau has suffered in the past 30 days.

“I must abide by my core values, my ethical responsibilities, constitutional obligations. There can be a cost to acting on one’s principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them,” Philpott said in a statement, adding that she will continue on as a Liberal MP.

On Feb. 2, former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould also left cabinet.

Days later, on Feb. 27, Wilson-Raybould accused Trudeau, some of his top advisers and other members of the government, of pressuring her to help the country’s largest construction company, SNC-Lavalin, avoid a corruption trial.

SNC-Lavalin is accused of paying bribes to high officials of the late Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi, including one of the dictator’s sons, to obtain contracts in the North African country.

A conviction in the Canadian courts would automatically disqualify SNC-Lavalin from bidding on public contracts in Canada for a decade, which would result in a considerable loss of revenue for the company.

Wilson-Raybould has indicated that she and her staff faced pressure to push for a deferred prosecution agreement for SNC-Lavalin that would allow the firm to avoid a criminal trial.

Despite the resignations of Wilson-Raybould and Philpott, two respected ministers and politicians, Trudeau said Tuesday that the disagreement is normal and healthy in a democratic system.

During a Liberal rally in Toronto on Monday night, Trudeau thanked Philpott for her years of service and said he knew that she has “felt this way for some time.”

“While I am disappointed, I understand her decision to step down. I want to thank her for her service,” Trudeau said.

Trudeau was interrupted on several occasions by protesters.

He also seemed to downplay the incidents by stating that it is necessary in a democracy to express all opinions.

The Canadian prime minister said that “in a democracy like ours and in a space where we value our diversity so strongly, we are allowed to have disagreements and debate. We even encourage it.”

Trudeau wants to turn the SNC-Lavalin scandal into something positive.

“This matter has generated an important discussion [about] how democratic institutions, specifically the federal ministry and the staff that support it, is critical and core to all our principals,” said Trudeau. (March 4, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que...
A
Justin Trudeau cesa a otra ministra.
B
se produce la primera dimisión del Gobierno de Trudeau.
C
vuelve a haber otra dimisión en el Gobierno de Trudeau.
Question 2
La dimisión de Philpott se produjo...  
A
al mismo tiempo que la de otra ministra.
B
antes de que dimitiera la ministra de Justicia.
C
después de que dimitiera otra ministra.
Question 3
Philpott abandona su cargo...  
A
para evitar que se produzca una crisis en el Gobierno.
B
ya que considera que Trudeau presionó a una ministra.
C
ya que Trudeau la presionó sobre un caso criminal.
Question 4
Según Philpott...  
A
Wilson-Raybould fue presionada para que no favoreciera a una empresa.
B
es imposible que Wilson-Raybould fuera presionada por Trudeau.
C
una ministra fue presionada para que actuara a favor de una empresa.
Question 5
Esa importante constructora no está acusada de nada.        
A
Es verdad.
B
No se sabe.
C
En absoluto.
Question 6
En el vídeo se habla de...    
A
una reunión entre Trump y Trudeau.
B
una visita oficial de Trump a Reino Unido.
C
un nuevo acuerdo entre Trump y Trudeau.
Question 7
Según el vídeo, Trudeau comparte la política migratoria de Trump.  
A
Para nada.
B
No se sabe.
C
Así es.
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