Trudeau, Morneau face calls to step down


OT­TAWA— Both Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Bill Morneau are fac­ing calls to re­sign — from two fed­eral party lead­ers — over their in­volve­ment in the con­tro­versy swirling around the WE or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Out­go­ing Con­ser­va­tive Leader An­drew Scheer chal­lenged to Trudeau and Morneau Fri­day to “step aside for the good of the coun­try.”

“This en­tire scan­dal reeks of cor­rup­tion at the high­est lev­els of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment,” he said. “These in­di­vid­u­als need to do the right thing.”

In what ap­pears to be an at­tempt to drive a wedge be­tween Trudeau his own cau­cus, Scheer said Lib­eral MPs who do not want to be seen as com­plicit in this con­tro­versy should de­mand that their leader quit.

“Lib­eral MPs have a choice to make: are they pre­pared to sac­ri­fice their per­sonal in­tegrity to pro­tect their scan­dal-plagued leader and to cover up cor­rup­tion or are they will­ing to take a stand and de­mand that Trudeau step aside?” he said.

Bloc Québé­cois Leader YvesFranço­is Blanchet also called on Trudeau and Morneau to re­sign — a step fur­ther from his ear­lier po­si­tion of ask­ing the prime min­is­ter to step aside while the fed­eral ethics com­mis­sioner and com­mit­tees in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.

The Bloc is ask­ing Elec­tions Canada to con­sider what would be nec­es­sary to run an elec­tion in a pan­demic and is ask­ing House Speaker An­thony Rota to ar­range a vote of all 338 MPs on or be­fore Sept. 21.

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