HIGHLIGHTS: Justin Trudeau responds to SNC-Lavalin testimonies

Justin Trudeau shares a new version of what happened at his September 2018 meeting with Jody Wilson-Raybould

PM acknowledges 'erosion of trust' between office and Jody Wilson-Raybould

Last week, in testimony that was live-streamed across Canada, Wilson-Raybould said she was pressured by 11 members of the government to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, with some resorting to "veiled threats".

"The role of prime minister is bigger than any one individual, it's bigger than Justin Trudeau himself and if he truly had respect for the office he holds, he would do the right thing and step aside".

Wilson-Raybould told the House of Commons justice committee late last month that she came under relentless pressure from the Prime Minister's Office and other federal officials to ensure the company was invited to negotiate a remediation agreement.

"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.

Justin Trudeau shares a new version of what happened at his September 2018 meeting with Jody Wilson-Raybould

She went on: "I further explained to the clerk and the Prime Minister that I had had a conversation with my deputy about options and what my position was on the matter".

Before resigning last month, Wilson-Raybould was the only Indigenous woman in Trudeau's government.

"I'm making an Inuit apology this afternoon", Trudeau said.

At the center of the SNC-Lavalin affair were claims that the Montreal-based construction giant paid around $35.75 million in bribes to Libyan officials in an effort to win contracts there when the country was under Muammar el-Qaddafi's leadership. A conviction could result in the company being banned from bidding on federal projects for 10 years, potentially endangering as many as 9,000 jobs.

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Wilson-Raybould left the meeting saying she would speak with her deputy minister and the clerk about this matter, Trudeau said, adding she stressed the decision was hers alone.

"In regards to standing up for jobs and defending the integrity of our rule of law, I continue to say there was no inappropriate pressure", Trudeau said.

"I'm an advocate of them remaining in caucus, I think that they have been very clear about wishing to remain members of the Liberal party and members of caucus".

The spotlight in the SNC-Lavalin affair has shifted to rookie Justice Minister David Lametti now that a court has rejected the company's bid to force the public prosecutor to pursue an alternative to criminal proceedings.

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The comments, made at a news conference in Ottawa, seem unlikely to stop the swirl of questions about a controversy that has already cost Trudeau two female Cabinet ministers and a key aide - and could shape his prospects in an upcoming election.

"When you boil it all down, all we ever asked the attorney general to do was to consider a second opinion", Butts said.

She also says when she didn't give in, she was punished by being booted from the justice portfolio in early January. The high-profile loss of so many skilled jobs might have turned the province towards the Conservatives, or so some are speculating, which might be why Trudeau's team allegedly and unethically interfered in this case.

"The Prime Minister was on and mentioned there were some lessons that had been learned, and moving forward we're still going to be about jobs and protecting jobs, and we also need to take a look at it and address any other issues that are out there". Do they support the testimony of the former Attorney General or do they support the fact that political pressure can and should be applied to the person in that office to circumvent the judicial process?

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It has argued for an out of court settlement, known as a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA), saying it had cleaned shop by changing executives and overhauling its ethics and compliance systems in recent years.

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