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Booting Butts is only moving the frying pan to a different SNC-Lavalin fire

By Tim Powers      

Gerald Butts is a highly skilled warrior, but it’s hard to imagine a scenario where fighting Jody Wilson-Raybould in public helps the government.

The resignation of Gerald Butts, top political adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, won’t take the heat off of the PMO as hoped, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster

Clearly, it’s Scott Brison’s fault that Gerry Butts has resigned and the government looks like a hot mess. After all, according to the prime minister in one of his most bizarre comments in recent memory, Jody Wilson-Raybould would still have been justice minister if Brison hadn’t called time on his career. Extending that thought, there would be no questions about what was happening with SNC-Lavalin’s quest for a deferred-prosecution agreement and Butts would be well into executing the Trudeau government’s re-election plan.

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