Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

The commissioner is limited from saying much else until the examination is complete, but the statement does confirm this is in regards to the allegations in the Globe and Mail that the PMO attempted to pressure the now-former justice minister to cut a deal with SNC-Lavalin in order to drop criminal charges against the company.

From this, we can surmise Wilson-Raybould wants to talk about the issue of whether she was improperly pressured by the Prime Minister's Office to instruct federal prosecutors to accept a less punitive remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin, rather than try the giant Quebec engineering and construction company on corruption and bribery charges.

Wilson-Raybould signed her letter with her traditional name, Puglass.

"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. She did not. Nobody did. She has refused to comment on the allegation, citing solicitor-client privilege.

"To be honest, I don't entirely understand why Jody Wilson-Raybould made the decision she did", he said, explaining what happened isn't consistent with conversations they've had in the past month. It is a well established principle in our democracy that committees of parliamentarians are independent in the decisions they make.

The Liberals have been backsliding on their commitment to reconciliation for some time and Wilson-Raybould's resignation is just the latest manifestation, said Sheryl Lightfoot, a professor of political science, and First Nations and Indigenous studies, at UBC.

Wilson-Raybould was appointed Canada's first Indigenous justice minister and attorney general in 2015. "I wasn't influenced. There was at no time a sense that the Prime Minister's Office, somebody on his staff, or anyone made me feel like I had to do something.' What we have is the circumstantial evidence that she was shuffled out, and clearly not happy about it".

Trudeau also said this week his office is seeking legal advice on the particulars of solicitor-client privilege from David Lametti, who succeeded Wilson-Raybould as attorney general.


A blossoming relationship between B.C. First Nations and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's federal Liberals has suffered a major setback with the resignation from cabinet of Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet.

"If Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government shut the justice committee's work down, it would send a risky signal to Canadians about the state of our democracy".

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Garrison Settee offered a more pointed rebuke, equating the government's treatment of Wilson-Raybould to "character assassination".

Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said in a statement that he was "saddened" by Wilson-Raybould's departure, noting that many First Nations people celebrated her appointment to the justice portfolio as a "testament to her expertise, experience and intellect".

On Wednesday, the House Of Commons justice committee will meet to discuss a separate request to call nine witnesses, including Wilson-Raybould, to testify over the claims of political interference.

"The longer he refuses to do this, the more guilty he appears to Canadians".

Liberal MP and committee chair Anthony Housefather has indicated that he will likely support an investigation.

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