Justice Minister at Center of Trudeau Political Tempest Will Not Testify Again

Chris Wattie/Reuters

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has been trying for weeks to shift the country’s attention from accusations by his former justice minister that his government improperly pressured her on a criminal case.

On Wednesday, members of his party helped him do that by blocking the minister from testifying again about the matter before a parliamentary committee.

Mr. Trudeau’s opponents immediately cried foul.

“What does this say to Canadians?” said Tracey Ramsey, a member of the New Democratic Party. “That they have something to hide.”

The committee is controlled by Mr. Trudeau’s Liberal party. Liberal committee members did not speak with reporters.

Last month, the former justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was also a former attorney general, told the House of Commons justice committee that Mr. Trudeau and his aides had persistently and improperly pressured her to seek a monetary penalty, rather than a criminal conviction, in a corruption case against SNC-Lavalin, a giant Montreal-based company.

The company is accused of paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes to…

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