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SNC-Lavalin affair: Five quotes that sum up the Trudeau crisis

Over the past few weeks, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been struggling to contain the biggest political challenge of his tenure.

Fallout from the so-called SNC-Lavalin affair has cost the prime minister two top ministers, Canada's top bureaucrat and his close friend and senior aide.

His popularity has taken a sharp drop in the polls a few months ahead of a general election, scheduled for this autumn.

And a number of the key protagonists involved say unanswered questions remain that need to be addressed and are keeping the heat on the prime minister.

Here are five quotes that help explain the affair and what it means for Mr Trudeau.

This quote cuts to the heart of the matter - that former attorney general and justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she faced inappropriate political pressure related to the prosecution of a major Canadian engineering firm.

It was her testimony on 27 February that made Mr Trudeau's political troubles go from a major headache to a full-blown political crisis for him and his federal Liberal party.

Speaking to a parliamentary committee, she accused him and members of his inner circle of spending months trying to politically interfere by pushing for a legal favour for SNC-Lavalin that would allow it to avoid prosecution and instead face alternate penalties like a fine.

She believes she was shuffled out of the justice portfolio for refusing to budge. She quit Mr Trudeau's cabinet on 12 February.

In this quote, she is talking about the 10 phone calls and 10 meetings about the SNC-Lavalin matter that she says she or her staff had with either Mr Trudeau or people close to him, many of which she felt crossed the line of her prosecutorial discretion as attorney general and raised partisan concerns.

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