Trudeau says ethics watchdog to decide truth in SNC-Lavalin affair

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February 7 - Citing unnamed sources, the Globe and Mail newspaper reports that Trudeau's aides attempted to press Wilson-Raybould, while attorney general, to intervene in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, and that exasperation with her lack of co-operation was one reason for shuffling her out of the justice portfolio.

She said 11 people tried to interfere in her prosecutorial discretion including Trudeau.

Despite allegedly facing pressure to drop the case, Wilson-Raybould said she pursued it, but after four months, was demoted to veteran affairs minister.

"Her testimony was both detailed and credible".

The public airing of grievances will inflame the scandal, which has driven the governing Liberals lower in national polls.

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"I strongly maintain, as I have from the beginning, that I and my staff always acted appropriately and professionally", he said during an event in Montreal late Wednesday.

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He says that any advocacy for SNC-Lavalin was done in the interest of protecting Canadian jobs that no lines were crossed.

The company faces fraud and corruption charges in relation to approximately C$48m ($36m; £28m) in bribes it is alleged to have offered to Libyan officials between 2001 and 2011, when Muammar Gaddafi was in power. If found guilty, the company would be barred from bidding on federal projects for a decade.

According to Wilson-Raybould's testimony, on September 6, Chin emailed her chief of staff, Jessica Prince, asking to speak about SNC-Lavalin and "what we could do, if anything, to address this". She spoke to lawmakers only after Trudeau waived privilege to allow her to do so, and believes she wasn't even legally able to intervene.

The political interference from the Prime Minister's Office was apparently all about getting corruption charges against the company deferred in order to shore up Liberal Party support in the province of Quebec.

Ms Wilson-Raybould said that in various meetings, Mr Trudeau and senior staff repeatedly raised concerns about the possibility of job losses and potential political ramifications of a trial.

At that point, she claims she asked the Prime Minister point-blank: "Are you politically interfering with my role as attorney general?"

Her chief of staff, Jessica Prince, was eventually summoned to an urgent December 18 meeting with Trudeau's chief of staff, Katie Telford, and his then principal secretary, Butts. She described the incident when "the prime minister jumped in stressing that there is an election in Quebec and that 'I am an MP in Quebec - the member for Papineau'". Trudeau said he is still mulling over whether she will be allowed to remain in caucus or run for the party in this fall's federal election.

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"I was entirely comfortable that I had the appropriate context in which to make my decision", she said.

Afterwards, Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer said Mr Trudeau had "lost moral authority to govern" and "must resign". "I told him that I had done my due diligence and made up my mind on SNC and that I was not going to interfere with the decision of the DPP (director of public prosecutions)".

She read a text-message conversation with her chief of staff, Jessica Prince, who was relaying a conversation with Butts and Telford.

Citing her chief of staff's account of the exchange, Wilson-Raybould quoted Butts as saying: "There is no solution here that does not involve some interference". He says he told her he would not.

The shuffle marks the end of a tumultuous week for the prime minister.

Trudeau said the RCMP has not contacted him or other government officials about the affair. She resigned the next day.

Trudeau disputed her view of events.

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