"A second member of Trudeau's Cabinet resigned on Monday, saying she had lost confidence in how the government had dealt with allegations that officials inappropriately pressured former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould a year ago to try to help construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a trial on charges of bribing Libyan officials", the outlet reported.
Wilson-Raybould later alleged in testimony to the House Justice Committee that she faced "veiled threats" and "sustained" pressure to help Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin, a major employer in Canada.
Following Butts' testimony and questions from members, the Liberal majority on the justice committee voted against calling Wilson-Raybould back for another appearance.
In the meeting, Wilson-Raybould told the committee that Butts said something to the effect of that there was no solution "that does not involve some interference" after being warned what was being proposed was political interference in a prosecution. A former health minister and Indigenous-services minister who was president of the federal Treasury Board when she quit the cabinet, Philpott was widely seen as one of Trudeau's most capable ministers.
Wilson-Raybould was demoted from her role as attorney general and named veterans affairs minister in January as part of a Cabinet shuffle and resigned weeks later.
Gerry Butts told the House justice committee Wednesday that the former attorney general only raised the issue of the DPA with him once before the shuffle - at the tail-end of a dinner at the Château Laurier hotel - and never framed the overtures of PMO or Privy Council Office staff on the issue as inappropriate.
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"I am firmly convinced that nothing happened here beyond the normal operations of government", he said in his opening statement.
Wilson-Raybould said that being attorney general and justice minister was her "dream job", Butts testified, and that she wanted to remain in that post.
For instance, Butts mentioned that he anxious about the 9,000 jobs that would be lost if SNC-Lavalin were prosecuted (and presumably convicted). She says they threatened her with political repercussions if she didn't comply.
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Despite all of his huggy-bear, kissy-face posturing in front of the committee, including the claim that he didn't want to "cast aspersions" on his former colleague, Butts tossed former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould into the wood chipper.
He'll be followed in the afternoon by the top federal public servant, Michael Wernick, and the deputy minister of justice, Nathalie Drouin, both of whom figured prominently in former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould's explosive testimony last week.
A close ally of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau testified before Parliament on Tuesday, hoping to quell a growing political scandal that has already forced three high-level resignations.
On Wilson-Raybould: "We didn't recommend any specific options".
Wernick, on the other hand, appearing before the justice committee for the second time because his initial testimony was so fundamentally different from Wilson-Raybould's, was combative from the start.
He asked Butts about the meeting he had with Wilson-Raybould's then chief of staff, Jessica Prince, on December 18.
Butts says he and others tried only to persuade Wilson-Raybould to seek independent legal advice on the matter, given the potential impact on the company's 9,000 employees and the fact that remediation agreements are a new feature in Canadian law.
The Vancouver Granville MP said she would happily comply. Peter Donolo served as communications director to former prime minister Jean Chrétien.
He welcomed the ethics investigation, which Democracy Watch has said is flawed because the commissioner, Mario Dion, was hand-picked by Mr Trudeau's cabinet, but has dismissed opposition demands for police involvement.
Near the very end of Butts's two-hour committee session, Elizabeth May, the Green Party leader, had a chance to ask a few questions.