Trudeau blames poor communications for SNC-Lavalin scandalStaff Writer | March 7, 2019
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blamed poor communications and an "erosion of trust" between his former top adviser and Jody Wilson-Raybould for the SNC-Lavalin controversy.
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Trudeau said an "erosion of trust" developed between his principal secretary at the time, Gerry Butts, and Wilson-Raybould.
"I was not aware of that erosion of trust and as prime minister and leader of the federal ministry, I should have been," he said.
Trudeau confirmed Wilson-Raybould told him on Sept. 17, 2018 of her decision to not intervene by ordering a remediation agreement for SNC-Lavalin as an alternative to criminal prosecution. Trudeau said he asked her to revisit that decision and she replied that she would.
Trudeau said his officials reached out to Wilson-Raybould in subsequent months because he believed she was still "open" to other options on the SNC-Lavalin case. Trudeau said Wilson-Raybould never told him she believed those contacts amounted to inappropriate pressure.
"She did not come to me, and I wish she had." ■