P.M. disagrees but respects former A.G. felt staff interfered with SNC-Lavalin file

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he respects that former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould felt he and his staff were interfering in the SNC-Lavalin file, but he disagrees.

Trudeau has said repeatedly that any conversations with Wilson-Raybould about the SNC-Lavalin case involving his aides came because the government was concerned that prosecuting the company would endanger many of the nine-thousand SNC jobs in Canada, a fear backed up by a presentation the company prepared for government officials in September.

Trudeau says it is the job of a government to continue to look for ways to try and protect Canadians and their work, and that he tried, but failed, to reach an understanding with Wilson-Raybould.

Attorney General David Lametti is now in the hot seat on the court case that has rocked the Liberal government, resulting in the resignations of two cabinet ministers, the prime minister's most trusted adviser and the country's top civil servant.