The prime minister offered no apologies to Wilson-Raybould, but conceded he should have been aware about an "erosion of trust" between her and his office. "And when there's an erosion of trust within the people involved, it further complicates what is already a hard decision for the attorney general". "As prime minister and leader of the federal ministry, I should have been".
Trudeau and other officials deny doing anything improper by asking Wilson-Raybould to consider offering SNC-Lavalin a deal to avoid a trial on charges of bribing Libyan officials.
Absent testimony from Wilson-Raybould, the scandal grew. "We had heard representations from various sources including the company itself that this was an issue of deep concern to them and that it would potentially have consequences as dire as the company having to leave Canada altogether", he said. Officials need to "feel comfortable coming to me" with concerns, he said. "These are the types of situations that make governing a challenge".
It is not clear whether 9,000 jobs are actually in danger.
Butts would only say he received internal government briefings on the matter.
"As we look back over the past weeks, there are many lessons to be learned and many things we would have liked to have done differently".
"There was never any inappropriate pressure", Mr Trudeau said.
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For his part, Trudeau, speaking in Toronto Friday, without issuing an apology, said the matter "has generated an important discussion" about how ministers, staff and officials conduct themselves.
It has signed reimbursement agreements, settlements and compliance agreements with organizations as diverse as the Quebec government, the African Development Bank Group and Elections Canada (for illegal contributions to the Liberal party) and has been debarred for 10 years from bidding on projects by the World Bank because of misconduct.
Scheer has also asked the RCMP to investigate possible obstruction of justice following Wilson-Raybould's testimony last week to the justice committee that has been variously described by the media as "damning", "scorching", "stunning", and a "bombshell". It was for that reason, he said, that he believed Wilson-Raybould "was still open to hearing different arguments and different approaches on what her decision could be". She said the PMO was improperly trying to push politics into a decision on a criminal prosecution. "In Ms. Wilson-Raybould's case, she did not come to me and I wish she had because if it's a real relationship and we are truly a team, we can always acknowledge when we need to make adjustments". "I do question whether or not it would have been wise for her to occupy that space and maybe come up with some solutions, but it is a hard situation".
Prime Minister Trudeau walks to a press conference in Ottawa on March 7, 2019. "I have taken - and will continue to take - many lessons from these recent days and few weeks".
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Even so, I would have liked a different farewell for us, of course. Of course, I would have wished for another farewell for us. You have to take responsibility now", Low submitted.
"The failure to grasp the importance of prosecutorial independence and the failure to seek evidence before succumbing to job blackmail are at the heart of this scandal", said May, who called for an independent review of the pressure campaign directed at Wilson-Raybould. She said she explained to the Wernick and Trudeau that she had already talked with her deputy about "what my position was on the matter".
Her discomfort appears to have begun as early as September 17 in a meeting with Trudeau in which she said he raised the SNC file, and mentioned that he was a Quebec MP and it was a Quebec company. He stopped short of apologizing to Wilson-Raybould.
Wilson-Raybould told the committee that her staff are not authorized to speak to the Director of Public Prosecutions but she told the PM would go over the issue once more with her department.
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Indeed, when Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet, Philpott tweeted a picture of the pair with their arms around each other. Philpott is a close friend of Wilson-Raybould, who resigned on February 12 after she was unexpectedly demoted in January .
Trudeau said his team and everyone in his government has been focused on protecting jobs, and he stressed that "the rule of law remains fully intact".