February 15, 2019 / 3:39 PM / a year ago

Canada's Trudeau says no direction given to former justice minister over SNC-Lavalin

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a visit to the Winnipeg Transit Fort Rouge Garage as he makes a transit infrastructure announcement in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon VanRaes

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that he did not give any directions to former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould over a decision about whether construction company SNC-Lavalin would face a corruption trial.

“In terms of giving any direction she asked me if I would do that and I said no, absolutely not. It’s your decision to make,” Trudeau told reporters.

Reporting by Matt Scuffham

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