According to The Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying Gerald Butts only met with SNC-Lavalin once during his tenure as the principal secretary of Justin Trudeau, two years ago.
Butts is one of the very few members of the PM’s cabinet to only meet with SNC one or fewer times.
Gerald Butts, Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary and long-time friend, has resigned amid allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office interfered to prevent a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.
In the statement, Butts unequivocally denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the office improperly pressured former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the Montreal engineering giant avoid a criminal case on corruption and bribery charges related to government contracts in Libya.
Nevertheless, Butts says the allegation is distracting from the “vital work” Trudeau is doing, so it’s in the best interests of the Prime Minister’s Office for him to step aside.
Although Butts only met once with SNC-Lavalin, the meeting broached the topic of “justice and law enforcement”.