The Canadian Politician – With the federal elections drawing near, the Liberals are leaving no stones unturned in ensuring that they win at the polls. Accordingly, sources tell The Canadian Politician that Gerald Butts, the former principal secretary to the prime minister will play an active and significant role in the campaign. It will be recalled that Butts resigned at the height of the SNC-Lavalin scandal. It was alleged by Jody Wislon-Raybould, the then attorney-general that he pressure her to give the company, a major Liberal Party supporter, a deferred prosecution agreement that would see the company avoid trial for bribing Libyan officials. Butts in his testimony before the House Judicial Committee denied that he pressured the former attorney-general.
In the wake of the scandal, the Liberals have watched helplessly as their popularity has taken a nose dive leading up to the fall elections. The return of Butts to the prime minister’s corner is seen as an effort to regain some of the support and avoid a defeat to the Tories in October. It is unclear what specific role Butts will play in the campaign.