Canada minister Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns amid SNC-Lavalin affair

13 February, 2019, 04:42 | Author: Corey Lynch
  • Jodi Wilson-Raybould

In her resignation letter on Tuesday, she didn't specify the nature of her disagreement with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

A major hiccup in relations with First Nations and the potential for weeks or months of headlines associated with the SNC-Lavalin scandal could hardly come at a worse time for the federal Liberals heading into a election year.

The Globe reports that Wilson-Raybould resisted that pressure.

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

Wilson-Raybould, who did not give any reasons for her resignation, said in a letter to Trudeau she was quitting "with a heavy heart", adding that "I am aware that many Canadians wish for me to speak on matters that have been in the media over the past week".

In Regina to announce federal climate action funding for the City of Regina, Goodale was peppered with questions about allegations that the Prime Minister's Office may have attempted to interfere with Wilson-Raybould's decision-making as attorney general regarding SNC-Lavalin.

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

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".

First Nations were buoyed by Wilson-Raybould's ascension to cabinet in 2015.

Trudeau tried to reassure Indigenous Canadians that, despite Wilson-Raybould's resignation, the Indigenous reconciliation effort remains a priority for his government - and that without an Indigenous member of cabinet, he'll get his feedback on the file from Canadians across the country.

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

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.

"She's a fighter", he said.

"Our government did its job properly and according to all the rules and if someone felt that we did not - someone within the government, a minister, or particularly the attorney general - then it was her responsibility to come directly to me and highlight that", he said. "Clearly, there is something more than he has been forthcoming with".

"Frankly, I am both surprised and disappointed by her decision to step down", Trudeau told reporters in Winnipeg, insisting the Liberal government had done nothing improper.

The Trudeau government passed a law a year ago which allows for remediation agreements in cases of corporate corruption, wherein a company pays reparations but does not wind up with a criminal conviction that would bar it from bidding on government contracts, potentially throwing thousands of employees out of work. Government officials have confirmed discussions took place but denied there was any pressure.

Trudeau said that he's consulting with Canada's new Attorney General David Lametti on whether, and to what degree, he can waive attorney-client privilege and reveal details of his conversations with Wilson-Raybould on the SNC-Lavalin case.



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