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Trudeau says fears of job losses drove SNC-Lavalin talks

Trudeau says fears of job losses drove SNC-Lavalin talks

Trudeau said Brison's sudden resignation from cabinet resulted in having to "move things around" on the team, including shuffling Wilson-Raybould - a decision based on what the prime minister vaguely described as "a wide range of factors".

"Instead, the Trudeau Liberals helped cover-up the truth of what really happened between the Prime Minister's Office and the former Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould", Hoback said in his written statement.

Multiple caucus sources told CBC News that Trudeau convened an extraordinary caucus meeting by telephone Tuesday evening to reassure them that nothing untoward had taken place in his office's interactions with Wilson-Raybould over the SNC-Lavalin case when she was justice minister.

"I accept her decision even if I don't entirely understand it", Trudeau said.

Last week, the Globe and Mail reported that Wilson-Raybould felt pressured to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin.

Housefather chaired the justice committee meeting on Wednesday that blocked attempts by the Conservatives and NDP to call Wilson-Raybould and top advisors to the PM to testify.

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Trudeau again denied on Friday that he "directed" Wilson-Raybould to make any decisions when she served as attorney general.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has moved to shore up support in his Liberal caucus as the aftershocks of Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation from cabinet rocked both Parliament Hill and members of his own party.

The prime minister faced repeated questions about the brewing controversy during a morning event in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata, leading him to say his government was simply doing its job by discussing the issues and ramifications about the SNC-Lavalin case.

"I feel she's a good friend and she is an awesome leader so I do wish her well". Wilson-Raybould was demoted from being Justice Minister to Minister of Veteran Affairs. "I had full confidence in her role as attorney general to make the decision".

Multiple MPs also told CBC News that while there was a consensus in caucus that Wilson-Raybould should no longer sit at the cabinet table, there was no justifiable reason to remove the MP for Vancouver-Granville from the Liberal caucus. She has said she can't comment much on the matter, as it is protected by solicitor-client privilege. She has hired former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on what she can and cannot say publicly.

"We're being as transparent and open and accountable to Canadians as much as possible under the circumstances because we can not, or I can not speak on behalf of Jody Wilson-Raybould".