Trudeau's principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor


Trudeau said Wilson-Raybould spoke with him about the matter in September.

Trudeau again denied on Friday that he "directed" Wilson-Raybould to make any decisions when she served as attorney general.

Wilson-Raybould was moved from the Department of Justice to Veterans Affairs in January's cabinet shuffle.

She was moved to veterans affairs in a cabinet shuffle last month before she resigned, saying she was getting legal advice on what she was permitted to say about the claims.

February 7 - Citing unnamed sources, the Globe and Mail newspaper reports that Trudeau's aides "attempted to press Jody Wilson-Raybould when she was justice minister to intervene in the corruption and fraud prosecution of Montreal engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.", and that exasperation with her lack of co-operation was one reason for shuffling her out of the justice portfolio.

"I am stunned by the prime minister's answer to this because it was as close to a confirmation that you're probably going to get from this guy as to what really happened here".

"We take very seriously our responsibility of standing up for jobs, of protecting jobs, of growing the economy, of making sure there are good jobs right across the country as there are with SNC-Lavalin". "There were many discussions going on, which is why Jody Wilson-Raybould asked me if I was directing her, or going to direct her, to take a particular decision".

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As a Navy combat pilot, Kelly was deployed during the Gulf War and flew 39 combat missions, according to his campaign page. Jon Kyl , who was appointed to fill the role after McCain's death in August and stepped down at the end of 2018.

Cullen said Friday's press conference was a litany of excuses. "At all times, I and those around me acted with integrity and singular focus on the best interests of all Canadians", he says.

"I truly believe this thing is unraveling in front of our eyes". She has hired a former Supreme Court justice to advise her on what she may legally say.

Multiple MPs also told CBC News that while there was a consensus in caucus that Wilson-Raybould should no longer sit at the cabinet table, there was no justifiable reason to remove the MP for Vancouver-Granville from the Liberal caucus.

The prime minister said, as he has previously, that anyone concerned about pressure created by those discussions should have come to him if they felt they were inappropriate. She has not explained why and she has not commented on the allegation, levelled by anonymous sources in a Globe and Mail story 10 days ago, that she was improperly pressured, citing solicitor-client privilege.

I was delighted when Trudeau appointed her to his cabinet, and I was shocked and disbelieving when she was shunted aside. It is facing trial for an alleged $48 million in bribes and $130 million in fraud from its dealing in Lybia from 2001 to 2011.

SNC-Lavalin faces the possibility of being banned from federal contracts - a key portion of its work - for a decade if the company is convicted of bribery and fraud linked to the company's efforts to secure business in Libya.

The case is still at the preliminary hearing stage.