Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from Trudeau's cabinet

Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from Trudeau's cabinet

The political scandal erupted after The Globe and Mail released an incriminating report that suggested that members from the PMO tried to pressure former Attorney General and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould into interfering in a criminal prosecution against the Montreal construction and engineering giant.

Jody Wilson-Raybould has resigned from cabinet. It does say she will continue to serve as MP for the riding of Vancouver-Granville.

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". "She confirmed for me a conversation we had this Fall where i told her directly that any decisions on matters regarding public prosecutions were here own", said Justin Trudeau. Trudeau said that he respected her citing solicitor-client privilege as the reason why she has not yet publically commented on the reported allegations that have rocked Parliament Hill.

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"In our system of government, of course, her presence in cabinet should actually speak for itself", he said following a housing announcement - one that Wilson-Raybould didn't attend, unlike a handful of fellow Liberals from the city.

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.

Ms Wilson-Raybould was shuffled out of the justice portfolio last month and into veteran's affairs, a move widely seen as a demotion.

"I have reason to believe that a possible contravention of section 9 may have occurred", Dion wrote in a letter to NDP MPs Nathan Cullen and Charlie Angus, who filed the complaint.

The letter, posted in full on her website, states that she entered politics "with the goal of implementing a positive and progressive vision of change". "This work must and will carry on".

"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", she writes.

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