Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

Kenny Grant
February 13, 2019

She also says that she has retained former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on this front.

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

The pressure to go easy on SNC-Lavalin may have resulted in the termination of Jody Wilson Raybould as Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the first Indigenous woman to ever hold the post.

Ms Wilson-Raybould has so far declined to comment on the story, citing solicitor-client privilege.

I look forward to continuing to serve as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Granville.

In her resignation letter she alludes to the controversy and said she is looking to determine what she can and can't say about it.

Jody Wilson-Raybould and Justin Trudeau in happier times.

At the time, many Canadians questioned whether the move was a demotion for Wilson-Raybould, a claim that both she and Justin Trudeau openly denied, highlighting the importance of veterans affairs in Canada.

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If then-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was informing the prime minister about her policy on the issue, or discussing options, that's fair game apparently.

Conservatives and New Democrats on the justice committee joined forces to get an emergency meeting on Wednesday to consider a motion calling on nine high-ranking government officials to testify, including Wilson-Raybould herself. The Quebec company, which offers a range of services across engineering, procurement and construction, is facing bribery and fraud charges.

Her resignation is a potential blow to Trudeau as he faces re-election this year.

Trudeau's comments came shortly after federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion confirmed he has launched an investigation into the allegation the PMO improperly tried to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.

"It is important to remember that while the attorney general sits at a certain distance from his cabinet colleagues, in Canada - unlike in other countries - he does not work in isolation from them, or the important experiences or considerations that those colleagues bring to the table". Trudeau informed the rest of his cabinet Tuesday morning about her decision.

Her resignation could trigger another cabinet shuffle and is likely to cast a long shadow over the upcoming election campaign. And he called Wilson-Raybould's resignation "a significant step backwards in our long-standing efforts to advance reconciliation".

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".

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