This morning the Prime Minister will try to put the SNC Lavalin scandal behind him by holding an early morning news conference before he takes off for Nunavut. Reports say Justin Trudeau will acknowledge mistakes were made and vowing to do better. But sources tell The Canadian Press that he will still insist there was no unethical or illegal behavior between his office and former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.
The Commons justice committee heard from the prime minister’s former top aide Gerald Butts yesterday, who tried to rebut Jody Wilson-Raybould’s explosive testimony from a week ago. Wilson-Raybould testified that she was relentlessly pressured by Butts and others in the Prime Minister’s Office last fall to intervene to stop a criminal prosecution of SNC Lavalin. She also believes she was punished for refusing to give in by being moved from the justice portfolio to veterans affairs in January. Yesterday Butts claimed that all they wanted was for Wilson-Raybould to seek a second opinion from a retired judge so the government could demonstrate it had seriously considered all legal options, given the thousands of jobs at stake.
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CBC News has put together a video comparison of the testimony of Gerald Butts and Jody Wilson-Raybould.