MP Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet amid scandal

Roman Schwartz
February 12, 2019

In a letter published on her website, the former justice minister says she has hired former Supreme Court judge Thomas Cromwell to tell her what she can say about her dealings with the prime minister on the SNC-Lavalin affair.

In those meetings, Trudeau said Wilson-Raybould "confirmed for me a conversation we had this fall where I told her directly that any decisions on matters involving the director of public prosecutions were hers alone".

Canada's ethics watchdog has launched an investigation into allegations that the Prime Minister's Office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help construction giant SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.

"With a heavy heart I have submitted my letter of resignation to the Prime Minister as a member of Cabinet", Wilson-Raybould wrote in a tweet Tuesday.

The ethics commissioner's office confirmed to the Post on Monday morning that commissioner Mario Dion has received a request for an investigation from NDP MPs Charlie Angus and Nathan Cullen, which pointed to possible violations of the Conflict of Interest Act.

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".

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Wilson-Raybould will, however, be staying on as an MP in Vancouver-Granville.

The Conservatives issued a letter over the weekend urging Trudeau to waive that privilege so that Wilson-Raybould can clear the air on what they called "very troubling" allegations.

"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".

For the details of Trudeau's involvement in tampering with the SNC-Lavalin case, however, all Scheer has to go on is an anonymously-sourced report in the Globe and Mail.

Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould to the veterans affairs portfolio in January.

"I respect her view that due to privilege she can not comment or add on matters recently before the media", Trudeau said at the time.

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