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‘I was having thoughts of the Saturday Night Massacre’: Wilson-Raybould says she faced ‘sustained’ pressure to cut deal for SNC-Lavalin

By Beatrice Paez       

Concerns about the provincial election in Quebec and the prospect of job losses, according to Ms. Wilson-Raybould, were repeatedly cited by the prime minister and staffers as reasons for considering a DPA for SNC-Lavalin.

Former minister Jody Wilson-Raybould testifies before the House Justice Committee. Ms. Wilson-Raybould said she asked the prime minister if he was politically interfering in her role as attorney general. According to her, the prime minister insisted he was not. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she faced “sustained” pressure from ministerial staff, the Privy Council clerk, officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to grant Montreal’s SNC-Lavalin a deal that would ensure the company would remain in Canada and to save jobs.

Beatrice Paez

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


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