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Trudeau Says Job-Loss Fears Drove Talks About SNC-Lavalin

  • Government faces pressure to help settle company’s legal fight
  • Prime minsiter told attorney general decision was hers
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg
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Justin Trudeau’s government weighed the merits of ending a criminal case against SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. in part to avoid Canadian job losses, the prime minister said.

His former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, quit cabinet this month after a report she was pressured by Trudeau’s office to offer a remediation agreement to settle fraud and corruption charges facing the Montreal-based company. The prime minister acknowledged cabinet held talks about the case, but said he didn’t express a preferred outcome to Wilson-Raybould.