Gerald Butts set to face the heat over SNC-Lavalin scandal: Will he help or hurt the PM?

When Gerald Butts announced his resignation as Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, his reasoning suggested he feared allegations springing from the then-burgeoning SNC-Lavalin controversy might be a distraction for the prime minister.

“My reputation is my responsibility and that is for me to defend,” he wrote in a statement. “It is in the best interests of the office and its important work for me to step away.”

The scandal centres around one key question: whether the prime minister and senior members of his team tried to pressure the former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to step in and resolve the corruption and fraud case against SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.