During her testimony, Wilson-Raybould alleged that she faced high-level "veiled threats" and "sustained" political interference from almost a dozen senior officials between September and December 2018 - including Wernick and former principal secretary Gerald Butts - to seek a deferred prosecution agreement for SNC-Lavalin, which is facing bribery and corruption charges over business dealings in Libya. A remediation agreement would allow the company to pay reparations but avoid a criminal trial on charges of corruption and bribery.
"I believe that if any minister is made aware of something they think is this wrong, I believe they have an obligation to inform the prime minister soon after they become aware of it".
Both had been symbols of the Liberals' ability to recruit strong female candidates: Wilson-Raybould is a lawyer and former regional chief of the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations; Philpott is a family doctor with extensive experience overseas.
Which is convincing for a few seconds until you realize that it was Butts' government that drafted the legislation in the first place.
Butts said Trudeau made a decision to offer Indigenous Services to Wilson-Raybould because he wanted to signal to Indigenous communities that the file was still of incredible importance to him.
Butts chose to wear a crossed miner's pick and shovel and in his testimony drew parallels between events during his childhood in Cape Breton, where coal-mining was once dominant, and the potential outcome in the wake of a prosecution against SNC-Lavalin. He told reporters Monday that he intervened in the Lavalin case in hopes of preserving thousands of Canadian jobs but never challenged the independence of Canada's judiciary or the rule of law.
Treasury Board president Jane Philpott, considered a star minister, said in a resignation letter that it was "untenable" for her to continue in the Cabinet because she lost confidence and could not defend the government.
Gerald Butts is testifying at the House of Commons justice committee, offering what he calls a "very different" version of events from the one Wilson-Raybould gave the committee last week.
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Opposition MPs know that this issue has caught the public's attention. "My advice was that the prime minister should not set the precedent that a Cabinet minister could refuse a new position and effectively remain in one position for the life of the government".
"The question is, does it help move the issue along for the government?" "However, a breakdown in the trust that held the relationship together occurred, and as the point person in PMO for the attorney general, I take responsibility for that breakdown".
The CBC reports that Trudeau "is holding high-level discussions today to plot next steps in the ongoing SNC-Lavalin controversy - steps which may include Trudeau making some display of contrition over how officials in his office conducted themselves". Based on what Butts says in his testimony, things may improve for Trudeau - or they may not. He might even show contrition over how he and his officials conducted themselves, as anonymous sources suggested Tuesday to various media outlets, including the CBC.
Minutes after the prime minister's former principal secretary left the justice committee hearing, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh denounced his "baseless" testimony and renewed his call for a public inquiry.
Butts laid the groundwork for all of that Wednesday when he told the committee there was a breakdown in the relationship between the prime minister and his former attorney general.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau did not inappropriately pressure a former justice minister to grant a legal favour to a firm facing a criminal trial, a former senior aide has said.
Minister Philpott seemed excited by the challenge, but expressed concern that Wilson-Raybauld would see her shuffle as a demotion.