Jody Wilson-Raybould Resigns From Cabinet In Wake Of SNC-Lavalin Scandal

Jodi Wilson-Raybould

Jody Wilson-Raybould Resigns From Cabinet In Wake Of SNC-Lavalin Scandal

"Canada's Ethics Commissioner agrees there are sufficient grounds to begin an independent investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his office for the alleged special treatment they gave SNC-Lavalin", said NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

In recent days, Liberal operatives have attempted to smear Wilson-Raybould's performance even though she was widely seen as a credible and competent Minister throughout her tenure. The specific claims under investigation are that Justin Trudeau's office pressured Wilson-Raybould to assist SNC-Lavalin in getting a plea deal.

Wilson-Raybould, who was demoted to the veterans-affairs portfolio in a January cabinet shuffle, was a no-show at Trudeau's events in the Vancouver area, which were attended by a number of other British Columbia Liberal MPs.

It's highly likely that the issue was discussed by the prime minister and senior cabinet members, but that's not unusual given the possible ramifications if SNC-Lavalin has the book thrown at it for influence peddling and bribery on foreign soil.

The company had hoped that it could come to a remediation agreement with prosecutors that would be an alternative to trial.

In a brief statement, Cameron Ahmad, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Trudeau, said Wilson-Raybould tendered her resignation when she and Trudeau spoke last night.

Wilson-Raybould, however, has chosen not to speak publicly on the allegations, saying she is protected by client privilege and cabinet confidentiality.

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. "In our system of governance, her presence in cabinet should speak for itself".

"We urge Mr. Trudeau's team to stop trying to discredit Ms. Wilson-Raybould and to commit to fully cooperate with the Ethic Commissioner's investigation".

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

Of course, the opposition parties, like a shark smelling blood in the water, are demanding a parliamentary hearing into the matter.

New Brunswick MP Wayne Long says in a statement posted to social media that he was "extremely troubled" when the allegation surfaced last week and nothing he has heard since has made him feel less unsettled.

"How the law treats individuals or corporations in our society is not, and should never be, incumbent upon the political pressure they can exert upon politicians", he said.

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