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Butts’ exit could help government wield more effective defence strategy in SNC-Lavalin affair, politicos say

By Beatrice Paez       

Gerald Butts has removed himself from the daily political grind of strategizing how to keep the Liberals in power. But observers say it's unlikely he will be consigned to watch the campaign unfold from the sidelines.

Ex-principal secretary Gerald Butts, longtime confidant to the prime minister and the architect behind the Liberal Party's stunning ascent from the political wilderness, resigned on Feb. 18 amid allegations that the Prime Minister's Office intervened in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. He's pictured leaving a caucus meeting last month in the West Block. The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster

Gerald Butts’ resignation as the prime minister’s most trusted adviser could be an attempt for the Trudeau government to mount a more effective defence against allegations that senior officials exerted pressure on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to drop prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, according to political observers.

Beatrice Paez

Beatrice Paez is the digital editor at The Hill Times.
- bpaez@hilltimes.com


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