Gerald Butts

His participation suggests the Liberals aren’t all that worried about rehashing the SNC-Lavalin affair

Among the 60 people who gathered at a downtown Ottawa hotel for a day and a half this month to discuss the Liberal government’s campaign for re-election was Gerry Butts, the senior adviser and close friend of Justin Trudeau who left the Prime Minister’s Office five months ago in the midst of Trudeau’s painful spring.

In February, Butts stepped away because his presence — and the suggestion that he was somehow involved in inappropriately pressuring the former attorney general — threatened to be a drag on the government’s ability to pursue its mandate. From the outside, Butts was able to mount his own defence against Jody Wilson-Raybould’s accusations.

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