Top bureaucrat gets profane messages after defending government on SNC-Lavalin

After testifying two weeks ago on the SNC Lavalin affair, the country's top public servant says he was bombarded with a number of profanity-laced social-media messages.

Michael Wernick, clerk of the Privy Council, presented the messages to the House of Commons justice committee when he appeared Wednesday for his second round of testimony.

He says he was concerned they were attempts to intimidate and influence his testimony.

His office has now released a number of those messages to the media, after getting a lukewarm reaction for committee members.

Wernick's performance before the committee, along with his stout defence of the integrity of staff in the Prime Minister's Office, earned him the scorn of opposition MPs, who accused him of being partisan and demanded that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fire him.

In the House of Commons last week, NDP MP Charlie Angus referred to Wernick as Trudeau's personal goon.