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Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

Jody Wilson-RaybouldAdrian Wyld  THE CANADIAN PRESS Jody Wilson-RaybouldAdrian Wyld THE CANADIAN PRESS
Russell Knight | 12 February, 2019, 19:57

"The issue of solicitor client privilege is not a simple one so I have asked our attorney general to provide me with advice on this matter", said Trudeau speaking on Wilson-Raybould's silence about the allegations after citing her "solicitor client privileges" during her time as Attorney General.

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.

"With a heavy heart, I am writing to tender my resignation", Wilson-Raybould wrote in a letter to the PM. It does say she will continue to serve as MP for the riding of Vancouver-Granville.

Angus and Cullen wrote to the ethics commissioner on Friday to request an investigation in the wake of a Globe and Mail report on Thursday containing allegations from unnamed sources that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office pushed Wilson-Raybould to negotiate a deal with SNC-Lavalin that would have led to a fine instead of a criminal trial.

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Trudeau denies the allegations, claiming "Neither the current nor the previous attorney general was ever directed by me or anyone in my office to take a decision in this matter".

Trudeau also said he had "full confidence" in Wilson-Raybould and suggested she would have resigned from cabinet on principle if she had felt anyone had tried to improperly pressure her.

Get the day's breaking stories, weather forecast, and more sent straight to your inbox every morning. "I only wish that I could have served you longer", she writes. But if anyone was trying to exert pressure on Wilson-Raybould to influence the legal proceedings, they crossed the line. "In our system of government, of course her presence in cabinet should actually speak for itself".

Ms Wilson-Raybould was shuffled out of the justice portfolio last month and into veteran's affairs, a move widely seen as a demotion. "My resignation as a minister of the Crown in no way changes my commitment to seeing that fundamental change achieved".

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