Trudeau's top adviser resigns but denies wrongdoing

Trudeau's top adviser resigns but denies wrongdoing

Trudeau's top adviser resigns but denies wrongdoing

If convicted criminally, the company would be banned from receiving any federal government business for a decade.

The Liberals deny the assertions of Hoback and the Conservatives.

The agreement would have allowed the company to pay reparations but avoid a criminal trial on charges of corruption and bribery.

Prince Albert's MP is accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of trying to cover-up the SNC-Lavalin Affair.

But Wilson-Raybould refused to ask prosecutors to settle with the company, and the trial is set to proceed. That challenge is ongoing. Trudeau said he would have never have moved her if his Treasury Board president hadn't resigned, forcing the change.

Wilson-Raybould was moved from the Department of Justice to Veterans Affairs in January's cabinet shuffle. David Lametti, a Montreal MP who was formerly a law professor, becomes justice minister. "Instead, the Trudeau Liberals helped cover-up the truth of what really happened between the Prime Minister's Office and the former Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould". Trudeau denies any impropriety. She has not explained why and she has not commented on the allegation, levelled by anonymous sources in a Globe and Mail story 10 days ago, that she was improperly pressured, citing solicitor-client privilege.

He only said he accepts her decision even if he does not "entirely understand it".

Other media reports from earlier in the week suggested she was shuffled out because she can't speak French and some major cases are coming up in Quebec.

"If Scott Brison had not stepped down from cabinet, Jody Wilson-Raybould would be Minister of Justice and attorney general", Trudeau told reporters in Kanata today, following an announcement that the federal government would be pledging $40 million to BlackBerry, for it to put toward its development of smart cars. In Winnipeg, Trudeau says he's surprised and disappointed that Wilson-Raybould has quit, and that if she felt undue pressure in her role as attorney general, she had a duty to report it to him. House of Commons justice committee chair Anthony Housefather also sits down for chat. 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.

"I encouraged her to run for the Liberal Party of Canada and worked hard to support her as a candidate and then cabinet minister".

He also says he agrees with a statement issued Thursday by a group of Indigenous senators that Wilson-Raybould's departure is not a threat to the process of reconciliation but rather a measure of the distance left to go.

Principal Secretary Gerald Butts has been Trudeau's closet adviser and best friend since university.

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