OTTAWA – The principal adviser and longtime friend of Justin Trudeau, Gerald Butts, resigned Monday in the wake of allegations that the office of the prime minister has acted to prevent a criminal prosecution to be filed against SNC-Lavalin.
In a press release, Mr. Butts “categorically denies” the accusations that him or someone else in the office of the prime minister would put pressure on the former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, to help the montreal company to avoid a criminal trial on charges of corruption.
The allegations “are simply false”, pleaded he.
Regardless, Mr. Butts believes that this controversy could overshadow the “important work” of prime minister Trudeau.
Mr. Butts says that he is responsible to defend his own reputation, adding that his resignation was “in the best interest of the government.”
The ex-counsel acknowledged that Ms. Wilson-Raybould had briefly addressed the record of SNC-Lavalin in an interview with him in December. He said to him, have advised to contact the clerk of the privy Council.