Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

The announcement comes amid growing pressure for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould to publicly address allegations the Prime Minister's Office pressured Wilson-Raybould, in her time as attorney general, to help Montreal engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution. Because if anyone, particularly the attorney general, felt that we were not doing our job fully, responsibly and according to all the rules, as a government, it was her responsibility to come forward to me this past fall and highlight that directly to me.

In a hint that the situation could grow more complicated for Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould has retained former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on how much she can say about the SNC-Lavalin case.

Trudeau also said Wilson-Raybould's resignation didn't make sense to him because it was "not consistent" with conversations he had with her when he demoted her to the veterans affairs portfolio in January.

Wilson-Raybould posted a copy of the resignation letter she sent to the Prime Minister's Office on her website Tuesday morning.

Interestingly enough, precedent for such a decision already exists amongst past Canadian Prime Ministers. Wilson-Raybould never mentioned it, he said.

The Globe and Mail reported that people in Trudeau's office tried to pressure Wilson-Raybould previous year to help construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a corruption trial when she was justice minister.

Jody Wilson-Raybould has resigned as the country's Veterans Affairs Minister.

Trudeau has lost a unique voice in cabinet, especially on issues that are keenly important to British Columbians, said Ginger Gosnell-Myers, an Indigenous rights researcher and a former Aboriginal relations manager for the City of Vancouver.


Since then, the relationship between Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould has been headed for the rocks.

"I am aware that many Canadians wish for me to speak on matters that have been in the media over the last week".

"I'm not going to get ahead of the determination that members of the parliamentary committee make".

They are pushing to have some of Mr Trudeau's top aides and a number of Liberal MPs appear before Parliament's justice committee.

Liberal MP and justice committee chair Anthony Housefather told CBC's Power and Politics that he is "in favour" of studying the allegations. Instead he said it was for the Liberal-dominated committee to decide.

In 1983, Wilson once told Pierre Trudeau, father of Justin, that his daughters wanted to be prime minister one day.

And on Monday, Trudeau said he welcomed news that federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion has initiated his own investigation into the matter, specifically whether there's been a violation of a Conflict of Interest Act provision which prohibits a public office holder from seeking to influence a decision so as to improperly further another person's private interests.

SNC-Lavalin faces charges of fraud and corruption in connection with almost $48 million in payments made to Libyan government officials between 2001 and 2011.

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