Jody Wilson-Raybould Resigns From Cabinet In Wake Of SNC-Lavalin Scandal

Jody Wilson-Raybould Resigns From Cabinet In Wake Of SNC-Lavalin Scandal

Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada's Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, has announced she is resigning from her position in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet.

A report last week alleged that PM Justin Trudeau's office pressured her for intervention in a case against engineering group SNC-Lavalin.

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Federal opposition parties have jumped at the allegations of political interference in this federal election year in Canada. The specific claims under investigation are that Justin Trudeau's office pressured Wilson-Raybould to assist SNC-Lavalin in getting a plea deal.

Wilson-Raybould has refused to comment on the allegation since it surfaced last Thursday, citing solicitor-client privilege.

Wilson-Raybould said she intends to continue serving as the MP for the riding of Vancouver-Granville.

"I've been in discussion, ever since this meeting was called, with Liberal committee members". Trudeau responded to this saying that he respects her right to do that and that he has full confidence in her that she did nothing wrong.

Wilson-Raybould's letter does not say exactly why she's quitting.

Wilson-Raybould has hired a former Supreme Court justice to advise her on what she can say publicly about the matter.

"It was her responsibility to let me know about that, of course she said nothing of that to me last Fall", said Trudeau.

"Yesterday, he said that her presence (in cabinet) speaks for itself".

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"With his government in chaos and cabinet changes imminent, he must take steps to protect this information from being altered or destroyed", Scheer said. "Clearly, there is something more than he has been forthcoming with".

Monday, he said in Vancouver that he'd told Wilson-Raybould that any decision on the subject was hers alone.

Now though, Canadians aren't as confident following her sudden resignation from Trudeau's cabinet.

He also insisted, as he has since the story broke, that he did not direct Wilson-Raybould to come to any specific conclusions on whether to direct the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to reach an agreement with SNC-Lavalin.

"The longer he refuses to do this, the more guilty he appears to Canadians". I only wish that I could have served you longer.

Wilson-Raybould hasn't spoken about those allegations, which could amount to obstruction of justice charges for someone in the PMO. The committee is scheduled to consider the motion on Wednesday.

A Canadian minister has resigned amid allegations she was pushed by government officials to ask for leniency for a firm facing fraud charges.

The ethics commissioner is also investigating the matter to see if any part of the Conflict of Interest Act was violated.

Some Indigenous leaders have been highly critical of Trudeau's decision to demote Wilson-Raybould and those criticisms escalated Tuesday. By contrast, Brison's resignation letter glowingly mentions Trudeau seven times.

"They perpetuate colonial-era, sexist stereotypes that Indigenous women can not be powerful, forthright, and steadfast in positions of power, but rather confrontational, meddling and egotistic".

He said he's "concerned about the many unanswered questions" surrounding Wilson-Raybould's resignation and added that this is "echoed by many First Nations across the country".

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