A conviction, the company argued, risked crippling its business and putting thousands out of work.
Butts also said that Wilson-Raybould never complained about improper pressure to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin until Trudeau made a decision to move her out of her cabinet role as justice minister.
The director told SNC-Lavalin past year that negotiating a remediation agreement would be inappropriate in this case, and the company asked the Federal Court for an order requiring talks. "I would strongly advise against it.' The prime minister said: "No, no, no, we just need to find a solution".
SNC expressed its disappointment with the decision later on Friday. His advisers had previously suggested his appearance to answer questions on SNC would involve a display of contrition - perhaps conjuring up the image of life in Stornoway, the residence of the leader of the Official Opposition, to coax a tear.
Whether SNC-Lavalin gets the sweetheart deal it has been seeking to avoid criminal prosecution on bribery and fraud charges is now purely a political decision.
The federal prosecution office asked the Federal Court to dismiss the company's request for judicial review.
She later testified to lawmakers that she had received "veiled threats" over her stance - and Trudeau's inner circle came under suspicion.
"There was no inappropriate pressure", he said, adding "that the decision was hers alone".
"She said she couldn't do it for the reason that she spent her life opposed to the Indian Act, and couldn't be in charge of programs administered under its authority", he said, adding that in 13 shuffles over many years, he had never seen anyone turn down a ministerial position.
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Hajdu had worked with Wilson-Raybould early in the government's mandate, as they were two of the three ministers initially tasked by Trudeau with launching the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Needless to say the politician, whose story is the stuff of movies, told us he won't be joining his former cabinet colleagues Jody Wilson-Raybould or Dr. Jane Philpott in quitting cabinet.
Mr Trudeau said relations between his office and Ms Wilson-Raybould had clearly been fraying for months. He repeated that he wouldn't be doing it at all if it weren't for minister Brison's departure. Repeatedly providing the attorney-general with "information" and "context" about a how to resolve a case is highly problematic, especially when that "context" is coming from the Prime Ministers' Office. The Liberals, with a majority government, were able to defeat it.
For her part, Philpott refused Friday to make any comment on her resignation or her future in the Liberal party. You know what, can we tell you exactly the precise number? No. "That is a very dark and risky path that we do not want to go down as a country", he said.
Under a 2018 federal law, prosecutors may negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement with corporate offenders.
It was a message of contrition, but there was no apology from Justin Trudeau as he faced reporters in the Parliamentary Press Gallery.
"The Inuit who were apologized to today matter".
Premier Scott Moe warned that the ongoing controversy over SNC-Lavalin is becoming a distraction for the federal government, drawing attention away from economic struggles in Saskatchewan and revealing a double standard that favours Quebec.
Notley also said S-N-C Lavalin should not be a distraction from a major issue facing canola farmers.
In a January 8 response filed with the court, the director of prosecutions said SNC-Lavalin's argument is "bereft of any possibility of success and should be struck".