NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Motz blasts PM and his office for handling of SNC-Lavalin ordeal

Principal Secretary Gerald Butts has been Trudeau's closest adviser and best friend since university, and his resignation over the widening scandal was a significant blow to the prime minister, who is facing an election this year.

February 15 - Trudeau says in Ottawa that Wilson-Raybould asked him in September whether he would direct her one way or another on the SNC-Lavalin question; he says he told her he would not. Trudeau said he told Wilson-Raybould any decision on SNC-Lavalin was hers alone. A conviction would bar the company from bidding on Canadian government business, potentially devastating it. Mihychuk said that's not the case.

"And at no time in the fall, did the former attorney general come forward to me and make those comments".

The Conservatives pounced on the news that Butts, a key member of the prime minister's inner circle, was leaving, less than a week after the resignation of Wilson-Raybould as minister of veterans affairs.

"Obviously, as a government, we take very seriously our responsibility of standing up for jobs, of protecting jobs, of growing the economy, of making sure that there are good jobs right across the country, as there are with SNC-Lavalin".

"If Scott Brison had not stepped down from cabinet, Jody Wilson-Raybould would still be minister of justice and attorney general", Trudeau said. "But as we do that we always need to make sure we're standing up for the rule of law and protecting the independence of our justice system".

Some have alleged that Raybould-Wilson was shuffled out of her more prominent position into the less-prominent veterans affairs portfolio because she pushed back.

The opposition parties quickly rejected Trudeau's explanation.

Meantime, Singh, the NDP leader, has joined Green Leader Elizabeth May in calling for a public inquiry to get to the bottom of the scandal.

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The RCMP [charged] SNC-Lavalin and two subsidiaries with corruption and fraud for allegedly paying almost $48-million to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011 to influence government decisions under the Moammar Gadhafi regime.

Monday, Trudeau suggested her continued presence in the cabinet meant nothing untoward had happened.

Trudeau has faced criticism since Jody Wilson-Raybould quit Trudeau's cabinet unexpectedly.

"I want to thank Jody Wilson Raybould for her service to Canadians in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Trudeau's Government", Tribal Chief Mark Arcand said.

Trudeau also slammed anonymous Liberals who made unflattering remarks about Wilson-Raybould by suggesting she was hard to work with and didn't seem to be a team player.

He also wouldn't answer questions about what Wilson-Raybould told him when she tendered her resignation, saying only that he accepted her decision even if he didn't understand it.

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.

"I made a lot of change and I really pushed the envelope".

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