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Wilson-Raybould resignation from cabinet long overdue

Wilson-Raybould resignation from cabinet long overdue

The Globe and Mail reported that people in Trudeau's office tried to pressure Wilson-Raybould past year to help construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a corruption trial when she was justice minister. "I am in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in this matter, and as such have retained Honerable Thomas Albert Cromwell, CC as counsel", Wilson-Raybould wrote in the letter.

Former attorney general of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould is pictured during question period in the House of Commons on February 12, 2018.

Jane Philpott, MP for Markham-Stouffville, who has previously served as Minister of Health and Minister of Indigenous Services tweeted her admiration for Wilson-Raybould, who retweeted Philpott's post.

Last week, the Globe and Mail reported that the Prime Minister's Office and government officials attempted to pressure Ms. Wilson-Raybould, in her role as justice minister, to intervene by directing the director of Public Prosecutions to arrange an out-of-court settlement with SNC-Lavalin.

Since then, Trudeau has denied he did any such thing.

Commissioner Mario Dion's office announced on Monday that he has launched an investigation in the case because he has "reason to believe that a possible contravention" of the Conflict of Interest Act has occurred, specifically regarding a public office holder seeking to improperly influence a decision of another person.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said he sent a letter to Trudeau calling on him to see that any documents related to the SNC-Lavalin affair are preserved. Wilson-Raybould moved to Veterans Affairs. Wilson-Raybould formally resigned at a cabinet meeting in Ottawa this morning.

As the former attorney general, Wilson-Raybould has refused to comment on the allegation, citing solicitor-client privilege.

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"What happened to me was a real tell-tale sign of how Trudeau's government is operating".

As it's written the motion indicates the study would start before the end of the month, and would include testimony from: Justice Minister David Lametti; Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Gerald Butts; Senior Advisors Elder Marques and Mathieu Bouchard; and Wilson-Raybould's chief of staff Jessica Prince.

Wilson-Raybould's resignation could not possibly be unfolding in a manner more damaging to the election-year aspirations of Justin Trudeau, whose ways, in recent days, seem to have taken a deliberate turn from sunny to murky.

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

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".

I want to thank all Canadians, and in particular the residents of Vancouver-Granville, who put their trust in me and supported me as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says Wilson-Raybould's treatment by the federal Liberals will cost them First Nation support. And he called Wilson-Raybould's resignation "a significant step backwards in our long-standing efforts to advance reconciliation".

"The current Liberal brand has been taking a beating on this portfolio", she said.

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