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'It's time for Terry to explain himself,' says CPC candidate Sonny Spina

Spina calls on MP Terry Sheehan to apologize for calling ethics of Wilson-Raybould, Philpott into question, backing Justin Trudeau during SNC-Lavalin scandal
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with steel and labour leaders in Sault Ste. Marie for a round table discussion on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Donna Hopper/SooToday

Conservative candidate Sonny Spina says it’s time for local MP Terry Sheehan to apologize to Jody Wilson-Raybould, Jane Philpott and residents of Sault Ste. Marie following a report by the federal ethics commissioner that found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau guilty of violating Canada’s Conflict of Interest Act by intervening in the SNC-Lavalin affair. 

Spina referenced a SooToday article from this past March, in which Sheehan defended the Office of the Prime Minister (PMO) while maintaining that former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould was never given direction by the PMO to intervene in the corruption and fraud case faced by SNC-Lavalin. 

“Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott blew the whistle on Trudeau’s bad behaviour. When they did, Terry Sheehan decided to jump on the Trudeau bandwagon and throw both of these leading female cabinet ministers under the bus,” Spina wrote. “It’s time for Terry to explain himself.”

“By his comments, Liberal candidate Terry Sheehan has called the ethics of these two women into question. The ethics commissioner’s report is clear, and it is Justin Trudeau whose ethics Terry should have been questioning. Terry should apologize not only to Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, but to the residents of Sault Ste. Marie,” he continued. “We trust that our Member of Parliament will represent the very best of us when we elect them and send them from our community to Ottawa. Terry took that trust and acted on it in the very worst of ways.” 

When asked to comment on Spina’s letter, Sheehan’s campaign office sent SooToday a response, making no mention of the SNC-Lavalin affair. 

Sheehan opted to focus on his political track record instead: 

“I’ve been knocking doors every day. And what I hear is that the people of Sault Ste. Marie need a government that’s going to take action. Action on things like affordable housing, infrastructure funding, protecting the environment, and growing our economy. For me, this election is how we keep this momentum going.

My priority continues to be fighting for families and workers in Sault Ste. Marie. Our federal government has invested $106 million in the Sault’s steel industry, protecting 14,000 jobs directly and indirectly and 8,000 pensioners. In fact, we’re seeing our steel industry grow again. These are real results for our community, our workers, and their families.

I know why I’m running: because I believe that the Sault deserves good jobs, a clean environment, and much-needed investments in our infrastructure. I’m running because the Sault deserves its fair share.”

Confirmed local candidates for the Oct. 21 federal election: 

Terry Sheehan (Liberal)

Sonny Spina (CPC)

Sara McCleary (NDP)

Geo Mclean (Green Party)

Amy Zuccato (PPC)


James Hopkin

About the Author: James Hopkin

James Hopkin is a reporter for SooToday based in Sault Ste. Marie
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