MP Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet amid scandal

Jodi Wilson-Raybould

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"This resignation is not consistent with conversations I had with Jody weeks ago when I asked her to serve as Canada's minister for Veterans Affairs and associate minister of National Defence".

"If anyone felt differently they had an obligation to raise that with me. No one, including Jody did that".

Last month Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould out of the justice and attorney general portfolios and into veterans affairs, which many consider a demotion.

Wilson-Raybould informed the prime minister on Monday night of her intention to resign, the statement said. "Justin Trudeau promised Canadians he would change the way politics worked in Ottawa, but instead his Liberal government continues to prioritize helping insiders and the rich get ahead".

Wilson-Raybould hasn't spoken about those allegations, which could amount to obstruction of justice charges for someone in the PMO.

Housefather says he believes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he says nobody from his office pressured Wilson-Raybould but he also believes more clarity is needed to explain exactly what went on.

Generally, solicitor-client privilege requires a lawyer to keep confidential any communications with a client relating to legal services.

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Jody Wilson-Raybould is out of Justin Trudeau's cabinet.

Some Indigenous leaders have been critical of Trudeau's decision to demote Wilson-Raybould. Now it's not clear, however, if this shuffle is related to the SNC-Lavalin scandal in any way.

"With his government in chaos and cabinet changes imminent, he must take steps to protect this information from being altered or destroyed", Scheer said. However, he said he didn't agree with all of the witnesses proposed by the Conservatives. "Maybe she'll still be the prime minister".

In her letter, Wilson-Raybould thanked her staff, officials and Canadians who supported her while in cabinet and concluded: "Regardless of background, geography, or party affiliation, we must stand together for the values that Canada is built on, and which are the foundation for our future". Cromwell declined an interview request.

"How the law treats individuals or corporations in our society is not, and should never be, incumbent upon the political pressure they can exert upon politicians", he said.

But it's a pretty fair guess that her decision not to offer a plea bargain to Quebec construction giant SNC-Lavalin had something to do with it.

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.

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Cromwell is a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

First, the prime minister said he didn't direct Wilson-Raybould to do anything untoward.

In her letter Tuesday Wilson-Raybould says she is "in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in this matter". "In our system of governance, her presence in cabinet should speak for itself".

"I've been in discussion, ever since this meeting was called, with Liberal committee members".

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

Wilson-Raybould's resignation is likely to haunt the Liberals during the election campaign - as will a recently-launched probe by the federal ethics commissioner.

The commissioner's role is to help appointed and elected officials prevent and avoid conflicts between their public duties and private interests.

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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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