Morning Headlines : March 7, 2019

Michael Panes / March 7, 2019

Justin Trudeau stood pat behind the decisions his office made during the SNC-Lavalin affair.
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Trudeau addresses the SNC-Lavalin affair

Justin Trudeau met with media this morning to address the growing SNC-Lavalin controversy. Trudeau highlighted an “erosion of trust” between the Prime Minister’s office and former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.

The Prime Minister stood pat on his decision making during the affair, declaring that “there was no inappropriate pressure” during discussions with the former Justice Minister about the handling of the SNC-Lavalin case.

Recently, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer called for the Prime Minister to resign, citing in a tweet that Trudeau has “lot the moral authority to govern”

Meanwhile, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh criticized Trudeau’s statement, noting that the erosion of trust is not just between the Prime Ministers Office and Wilson-Raybould, but rather “the ‘erosion of trust’ is with Canadians.”

Abbotsford apartment fire claims one life, dozens evacuated

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed that a woman in her 60’s has died after a fire broke out and quickly spread throughout an apartment building in Abbotsford.

Officials say the fire began around 10:30PM on Wednesday in the old wooden building. Residents in the area say the complex building has no sprinklers as does many of the other older buildings in the area.

Police evacuated two busloads of people from their homes in the surrounding area. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Beverley McLachlin is expected to be appointed to lead the investigation into BC Legislature spending.
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Former Chief of Justice set to investigate BC legislature spending allegations

Beverley McLachlin’s is expected to take the lead in the investigation into the spending abuse allegations at BC’s legislature.

Sergeant-at-arms Gary lenz and Clerk Craig James have been suspended with pay since November after the legislature learned of the RCMP’s investigation into the spending.

McLachlin will conduct the investigation and she is expected to present a final report to the house leaders by May 3.