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Some Liberal MPs ‘happy’ with Butts’ return, others concerned he could be a liability for Grits’ re-election campaign 

By Abbas Rana      

‘If you complain about something, especially on this topic, I think you’ll be shunned. A lot of people won’t say anything because it’s Gerry, and their job is on the line,’ says a former senior ministerial staffer.

Former PMO principal secretary Gerald Butts, pictured March 6, 2019, resigned in February after facing an allegation that he inappropriately pressured then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to give a deferred prosecution agreement to SNC-Lavalin. He vehemently denied the allegation but said he was stepping down because he was becoming a distraction for the government. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Liberal MPs are offering mixed reactions to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to bring his former principal secretary and best friend Gerald Butts back to join the Liberal campaign team, with some saying they welcome this decision and others concerned it could provide fresh oxygen to the  SNC-Lavalin scandal all over again.

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