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Motz blasts PM and his office for handling of SNC-Lavalin ordeal

Motz blasts PM and his office for handling of SNC-Lavalin ordeal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it was former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould who asked him in the fall if he planned to tell her what to do in the prosecution of Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin - a conversation, he says, that ended with him telling her any decision was hers alone. The RCMP also charged the Montreal-based company, its construction division and a subsidiary with fraud and corruption for allegedly defrauding Libyan organizations of about $130-million.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, fifth from left, and Governor General David Johnston, centre, pose for a group photo with the new Liberal cabinet at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.

Butts issued a statement denying that anyone in Trudeau's office pressured then Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Wilson-Raybould has hired a former Supreme Court justice to advise her on what she can say publicly about the matter.

Multiple caucus sources told CBC News that Trudeau convened an extraordinary caucus meeting by telephone Tuesday evening to reassure them that nothing untoward had taken place in his office's interactions with Wilson-Raybould over the SNC-Lavalin case when she was justice minister. The prime minister acknowledged cabinet held talks about the case, but said he didn't express a preferred outcome to Wilson-Raybould. "There were many discussions going on, which is why Jody Wilson-Raybould asked me if I was directing her, or going to direct her, to take a particular decision".

"What we're seeing is an attorney general who was pressured, allegedly, by the prime minister to drop a criminal charge against a corporation that has deep ties with the Liberal party".

"I do want to hear from her, I do".

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Other media reports from earlier in the week suggested she was shuffled out because she can't speak French and some major cases are coming up in Quebec.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's chief of staff Katie Telford (L) and principal secretary Gerald Butts (R) listen as Trudeau (C) speaks during the First Ministers meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 9, 2016.

"The reports of alleged PMO interference in a criminal prosecution are incredibly disturbing", said Motz in a press release.

He says after Liberal justice committee members attempted last week to obstruct any attempt to get to the bottom of the allegations, while the prime minister repeatedly changed his story, it's become clear that a public inquiry is needed.

We know that there were discussions, the Liberals have not denied that, the PM has not denied that. "The reality is that we seem to be getting closer to the Emperor and he doesn't seem to have any clothes on", said Wilson on the resignation. Anyone who serves there deserves respect.

"I applaud her on her integrity and all the hard work she has done".

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