Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

by Ben Pena February 14, 2019, 0:30
Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation followed a chorus of demands for the government to come clean about whether Mr Trudeau's office had pressured her to intervene in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

Jody Wilson-Raybould is out of Justin Trudeau's cabinet.

"I will highlight however that there's a real danger, and it's been flagged for me, of unintended consequences, particularly because there are two court cases ongoing directly related to this matter that could be impacted by such a decision we might make".

"I am in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in this matter", she said, adding that she retained a retired Supreme Court justice as legal counsel.

Wilson-Raybould's letter does not say exactly why she's quitting.

Kelly said Trudeau has angered some First Nations people in B.C.by first demoting Wilson-Raybould and then "he condoned personal and vindictive attacks that are anonymous from members of his cabinet and members of his office".

"When I heard what he did to Jody Wilson-Raybould, I was saying it must be continued behaviour and that continued behaviour is what's self-destructing the cabinet", said Wilson, secretary-treasurer at UBCIC.

The scandal is now being looked at by Federal Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion.

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.

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Wilson-Raybould shepherded legislation to allow medical assistance in dying, prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression, and to legalize cannabis. Trudeau said on Monday that he had full confidence in her and that her presence in cabinet spoke for itself.

"Our government did its job properly and according to all the rules", he said, while upbraiding his former attorney general, if she felt otherwise, for not bringing her concerns to him directly.

The Trudeau government passed a law past year 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.

Wilson-Raybould was the Attorney General of Canada from November 4, 2015, until January 14, 2019 and is at the centre of the ethics investigation.

Liberal MPs hold the majority on the committee and it's possible that they could amend the language in the motion before them to change the scope or focus of the proposed study.

"The current Liberal brand has been taking a beating on this portfolio", she said. And that's a huge blow for Trudeau and the PMO, if indeed they were covering up the affair.

"MKO sees the resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould as a significant step backwards in our longstanding efforts to advance reconciliation between the MKO Treaty Nations and Canada". "It doesn't help them that Wilson-Raybould's father (influential First Nations leader Bill Wilson) is calling them out on that failure".

In her letter, Wilson-Raybould thanked her staff, officials and Canadians who supported her while in cabinet and concluded: "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".

"I'm absolutely pissed", said Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs.

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