Speaking in Montreal, Trudeau said he disagrees completely with Jody Wilson-Raybould’s characterization of events.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted in Montreal on Wednesday evening that neither he, nor any members of his staff, put undue pressure on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould in an effort to encourage her to end the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.
“I and my staff always acted appropriately and professionally,” he said. “I completely disagree with the characterization of the former attorney general about these events.”
The comments came hours after Wilson-Raybould, testifying before a House of Commons committee, said that she came under relentless pressure — including veiled threats — from Trudeau, his senior staff, the top public servant and the finance minister’s office to instruct federal prosecutors to reach a remediation agreement, a type of plea bargain, with SNC-Lavalin.
If SNC-Lavalin is convicted, it could be banned from bidding on federal contracts for 10 years.
With files from the Canadian Press.
This article will be updated.