Top civil servant slams SNC-Lavalin media report as erroneous, ‘defamatory’… Cuz I see nothing!

Canada’s top civil servant has refuted a bombshell media report that alleged political interference in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, claiming it included “errors” and “unfounded speculation” and was “defamatory.”

Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, testifying at the justice committee today, was referring to a Feb. 7 Globe and Mail report that touched off a political scandal and triggered the resignation of cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerry Butts.

“I’m here to say to you that the Globe and Mail article contains errors, unfounded speculation and, in some cases, is simply defamatory,” he said.