Timeline: SNC-Lavalin and Jody Wilson-Raybould

Timeline: SNC-Lavalin and Jody Wilson-Raybould

Glen Motz, MP for Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner, raised concerns on Friday about the SNC-Lavalin situation and the extent of involvement by the Prime Minister and/or his office, according to a press release. (SNC.TO) in part to avoid Canadian job losses, the prime minister said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's top adviser has resigned while denying allegations he pressured Canada's former attorney general to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering firm. Wilson-Raybould posts a long letter outlining her record as justice minister and noting that a great deal of work remains to be done toward reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

For weeks, Trudeau's government has been rocked by the meddling allegations first reported by the Globe and Mail, citing unnamed sources. Motz says the Liberals used their majority to block Conservative and NDP motions and voted instead in favour of a closed-door meeting.

It lobbied the government, including senior officials in Trudeau's office, for an out-of-court settlement that would include paying a fine and agreeing to put in place compliance measures.

Trudeau said the conversations were appropriate given the economic effects of a conviction for a company that employs thousands of people at home and overseas. "It was concerned about creating jobs, having a solid economy and also protecting jobs in Canada".

Some Liberal MPs suggested anonymously in media reports that Wilson-Raybould was hard to deal with and didn't have friends in caucus.

While there will a process to get answers for her departure through the House of Commons justice committee and ethics commissioner, Bellegarde says the Liberals must push critical pieces of legislation, including a recently tabled bill on Indigenous languages and a proposed bill on child welfare.

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Trudeau also rejected a claim made - and later apologized for - by Liberal MP Anthony Housefather, who suggested yesterday that Wilson-Raybould may have been moved from her position because she did not speak French.

"I think right now the challenge is that we need to hear from the attorney general herself".

"I, of course, said no, that it was her decision to make and I expected her to make it", Trudeau told reporters.

When pressed to say whether the SNC-Lavalin affair played a role in reassigning Wilson-Raybould, Trudeau said there were a "wide range of factors" to consider.

"If the minister or anyone else felt undue pressure or felt that we were not living up to our own high standards of defence of the rule of law and our judicial system and judicial independence, it was their responsibility to come forward". The SNC-Lavalin story broke afterward, and she quit cabinet this week.

Trudeau defended that shakeup, arguing it was triggered by former Treasury Board president Scott Brison's decision to not run again and to step down from cabinet.

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