Trudeau's top adviser resigns but denies wrongdoing

2019-02-19 09:36
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Ludovic Marin, AFP)

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Ludovic Marin, AFP)

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's top adviser has resigned while denying allegations he pressured Canada's former attorney general to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering firm.

Principal Secretary Gerald Butts has been Trudeau's closet adviser and best friend since university. Butts issued a statement on Monday denying that he or anybody else in Trudeau's office pressured Jody Wilson-Raybould.

He said he's leaving in order to defend himself without distracting from the prime minister's work.

The Globe and Mail newspaper reported this month that Trudeau or his staff pressured Wilson-Raybould to try to avoid a criminal prosecution of Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin over allegations of corruption involving government contracts in Libya.

Critics say that would be improper political meddling in a legal case.

Wilson-Raybould resigned from the cabinet last week but gave no reasons.

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