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Trudeau takes another wrong turn in the SNC-Lavalin affair

By Tim Powers      

After a month trying to clean up this self-made mess, the PM appointed ex-Grit justice minister Anne McLellan as a special adviser, leaving little faith the advice might be free of the appearance of political influence.

The prime minister this week appointed ex-Liberal justice minister Anne McLellan, left, as a special adviser to look at issues at the heart of the SNC-Lavalin affair, while Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick, centre, announced his resignation and Joyce Murray, right, was promoted to cabinet as the fourth Treasury Board president in less than four months, all due to the ongoing scandal. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade and file photograph

OTTAWA—The Trudeau government continues to try to clean up its self-made mess around the SNC-Lavalin affair. The prime minister continues to spout his theory that it was all about different interpretations of conversations and nothing illegal was done. Well, those different interpretations have brought Canadians their fourth Treasury Board president since January, seen the clerk of the Privy Council announce his resignation, and seen the appointment of a former deputy prime minister to look at machinery-of-government issues. Some conversations! Some misunderstandings!

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