Gerald Butts intended his appearance Wednesday before the Commons justice committee to put an end to the SNC-Lavalin controversy that’s engulfed the federal Liberals for the past month.
Whether he succeeded is far from clear.
The former top adviser to Prime Minister Trudeau gave a measured and thorough presentation to committee members. His performance rivaled former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s during her own appearance a week earlier, both in the level of detail and tone.
But stripped to its core, it’s just another instalment of the “he said, she said” plot that’s been playing out ever since the first media reports emerged alleging Wilson-Raybould had been pressured last fall to intervene in SNC-Lavalin’s criminal prosecution.