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Trudeau’s Top Bureaucrat Retires Amid SNC-Lavalin Scandal

  • Wernick sees no ‘mutual trust and respect’ with opposition
  • Clerk warned of risk of foreign interference in election
Michael Wernick waits to testify before the House of Commons justice committee on March 6.

Michael Wernick waits to testify before the House of Commons justice committee on March 6.

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Another of the key Canadian government officials at the center of a controversy over SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is leaving his post.

Michael Wernick announced his retirement Monday as clerk of the privy council, the highest-ranking position in Canada’s civil service and a key aide to Justin Trudeau. The prime minister named Ian Shugart, currently deputy minister of foreign affairs, to replace him.