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03/04/2019 12:01 EST | Updated 03/04/2019 12:01 EST

Michael Wernick 'Deeply Compromised' In SNC-Lavalin Affair: Charlie Angus

The NDP MP says he is in an "untenable situation."

The Canadian Press
Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick attends a swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on March 1, 2019.

OTTAWA — New Democrat MP Charlie Angus says Canada's top civil servant is "deeply compromised" by his testimony in the SNC-Lavalin affair and has to resign.

In an open letter today to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Angus says Michael Wernick, the clerk of the Privy Council, was inflammatory and sensationalist when he told the House of Commons justice committee almost two weeks ago that he worries angry political rhetoric could lead to an assassination in Canada.

Wernick also spoke up for the Liberal government's Indigenous agenda and integrity, which Angus says is inappropriate for a non-partisan public official.

Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould testified that Wernick leaned on her to head off a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin over allegations of bribery and fraud in its dealings in Libya.

Angus says that made Wernick "a central player in a very political controversy."

Wernick has been clerk of the Privy Council since 2016, after a long career in the federal public service.

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