Wilson-Raybould a credit to BC

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SNC-Lavalin has said previously that it had sought to avoid a corruption trial because the executives accused of wrongdoing had left the company and it had overhauled its ethics and compliance systems.

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.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said if former Liberal cabinet minister Scott Brison had not suddenly resigned, then Jody Wilson-Raybould would still be Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

When asked for her side of the story, Wilson-Raybould has cited solicitor-client privilege.

Glen Motz, MP for Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner, raised concerns on Friday about the SNC-Lavalin situation and the extent of involvement by the Prime Minister and/or his office, according to a press release.

That pressure was said to have come past year when Wilson-Raybould was justice minister and attorney general.

To date, the director of public prosecutions has refused to allow the company to avoid a trial by negotiating a DPA or remediation agreement.

He says Wilson-Raybould should have come to him with any concerns she might have had about the matter.

The Liberals deny the assertions of Hoback and the Conservatives.

During the political firestorm that followed the report, Wilson-Raybould refused to comment on the case, saying she was still bound by solicitor-client privilege.

October 9, 2018 - Federal prosecutors refuse to offer SNC-Lavalin a remediation agreement, a decision the company challenges in court.

January 14, 2019 - Trudeau shuffles his cabinet after the resignation of treasury board president Scott Brison.

Clark added that Wilson-Raybould "is a very ethical person", and so "the fact that she didn't report it suggests to me that it probably didn't happen".

Butts says he's served Trudeau "to the best of my abilities and I have at all times given the prime minister free and unfettered advice".

"I accept her decision even if I don't entirely understand it", Trudeau said.

Trudeau defended that shakeup, arguing it was triggered by former Treasury Board president Scott Brison's decision to not run again and to step down from cabinet.

And she did all that without speaking French.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's principal secretary Gerald Butts has resigned from his position, according to a statement issued by Butts on Monday. He denies any impropriety but says his continued presence in the Prime Minister's Office has become a distraction. Liberals use their majority to call one closed-door meeting and hear from senior officials (Lametti as justice minister, the top bureaucrat in his department, and the clerk of the Privy Council) who can talk about the tension between the minister of justice's duties as a politician and his or her responsibilities as attorney general of Canada.

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