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Top Liberals to face renewed grilling on SNC-Lavalin as questions linger

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons Thursday February 7, 2019 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA — The federal attorney general is set to face a fresh round of questions about the simmering political controversy over engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.

David Lametti, who assumed the cabinet post in January, will be pressed for details on the brewing allegations after giving a speech to a gathering of lawyers today.

The Globe and Mail newspaper reported last week that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s aides leaned on Lametti’s predecessor, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to help avoid a prosecution of SNC-Lavalin on bribery and fraud charges.

The newspaper says Wilson-Raybould was shuffled to the veterans-affairs portfolio when she refused to direct the public prosecutor to forge a remediation deal with the company, effectively bypassing criminal charges.

The Liberal government maintains that while discussions on the matter took place with Wilson-Raybould, she wasn’t pressured or told to issue a directive to the prosecutor.

Trudeau, who is in British Columbia today, is also likely to face questions about the nature of those closed-door discussions.

The Canadian Press