Another one bites the dust in the SNC-Lavalin Controversy. Gerald Butts, Justin Trudeau's Principal Secretary and long-time friend, has officially resigned amid the major SNC-Lavalin Scandal. This news comes only days after Canada's former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, also resigned amid the controversy.
His resignation comes after allegations that the Prime Minister's Office intervened to avert criminal charges of SNC-Lavalin. In an official statement, Butts denies the allegations and says that neither he or anyone else in the office had pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to prevent corruption and bribery charges of SNC-Lavalin.
Butts said that the reason he was resigning wasn't that he was guilty of the allegations, but because he said the scandal is distracting from the "vital work the Prime Minister and his office is doing for all Canadians". "It is in the best interests of the office and its important works for me to step away," he wrote in the statement.
Check out the full statement from Gerald Butts below that was posted onto Twitter announcing his resignation and the reasons behind it.
Thanks for the notes of encouragement to all who have reached out. @jodilhbutts and I appreciate the love and support. But public institutions are bigger and more important than any of their temporary occupants. Please see my statement. https://t.co/LkybmLiYbG— Gerald Butts 🇨🇦 (@gmbutts) February 18, 2019
"I categorically deny the accusation that I or anyone else in his office pressured Ms. Wilson-Raybould ... At all times, I and those around me acted with integrity and singular focus on the best interests of all Canadians," he wrote in the statement. "Any accusation that I or the staff put pressure on the attorney general is simply not true."
Many people have already responded to this major resignation. Check out what some have had to say below in response to Butt's statement.
Getting off a sinking ship. Looks like a guilty move to me.— Stacey Osmond🇨🇦 (@stacey_osmond) February 18, 2019
I am so glad you are gone. I just regret that you were in a position to screw up both Ontario and Canada with your multitude of bad policies and corruption. I hope you see the inside of a jail cell for the SNC scandal.— andrew orr (@courageousedge) February 18, 2019
You're a mess. Idealogiea can't run countries. Canada now has a chance to recover.— Jay Nordick (@nordickjay) February 18, 2019
Don't let the door hit you in the Butts on the way out!— Alberta First (@FightForFredm) February 18, 2019
The tweet from Gerald Butts has already gotten over 500 comments since it was posted less one hour ago.
Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould has not spoken up since she resigned last week. She hasn't provided an explanation for her resignation nor has she commented on the SNC-Lavalin Scandal.