Globe and Mail March 6, 2019
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. chair Kevin Lynch voiced his frustration to Canada’s top bureaucrat last October about the government’s refusal to negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement, the Commons justice committee heard on Wednesday.
Michael Wernick, the Clerk of the Privy Council, revealed the Oct. 15 call with Mr. Lynch a week after Jody Wilson-Raybould testified that she faced “consistent and sustained” political pressure from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and top officials when she was attorney-general, including “veiled threats,” to shelve the criminal prosecution of Montreal construction and engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.
Earlier in Wednesday’s hearing, former senior Trudeau aide Gerald Butts denied Ms. Wilson-Raybould was subjected to inappropriate pressure to abandon criminal proceedings against the Montreal company.
Mr. Wernick said Mr. Lynch, who was clerk of the privy council from 2006 to 2009, wanted to know if more could be done to help the company.