CTV News April 2, 2019
The prime minister’s former principal secretary, Gerald Butts, has submitted text conversations he had with Jody Wilson-Raybould that show the tensions between the PMO and the former justice minister as she was being shuffled into a different portfolio.
In the documents Butts submitted to the House Justice Committee, obtained by CTV News ahead of their public release, he reiterates his “strong disagreement” with some of the evidence Wilson-Raybould has provided to the committee so far. Butts’ latest submission also includes a new statement and hand-written notes he made during a Jan. 7 call with Wilson-Raybould and the prime minister.
The text messages he provided show that Wilson-Raybould felt she was being moved out of the justice portfolio because of her position on the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin – a belief that she has expressed to the justice committee herself — and that Butts repeatedly told her that is not why the cabinet would be shuffled on Jan. 14.