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Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

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Jodi Wilson-Raybould

The Globe and Mail newspaper reported last week that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's aides leaned on Wilson-Raybould to help avoid a prosecution of SNC-Lavalin on bribery and fraud charges.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called the resignation "a sign of a government in disarray" and once again urged Trudeau to waive solicitor-client privilege so Wilson-Raybould can speak freely about the case.

I look forward to continuing to serve as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Granville. Trudeau responded to this saying that he respects her right to do that and that he has full confidence in her that she did nothing wrong.

Sajjan has been defence minister since the Liberals won government in 2015.

Dion informed the NDP MPs who requested the investigation Monday that there is sufficient cause to proceed with an inquiry into the actions of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on this matter.

Conservatives and New Democrats on the justice committee joined forces to get an emergency meeting on Wednesday to consider a motion calling on nine high-ranking government officials to testify, including Wilson-Raybould herself.

The announcement comes just a day after Canada's ethics commissioner has launched an investigation into the involvement of the Prime Minister's Office stemming from allegations that the PMO tried to provide Quebec-based construction and engineering company SNC-Lavalin with a reduced punishment stemming from serious corruption charges. "I only wish that I could have served you longer", she writes.

Trudeau is scheduled to be in Winnipeg later today where he will face questions about Wilson-Raybould's resignation.

And on Monday, Trudeau said he welcomed news that federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion has initiated his own investigation into the matter, specifically whether there's been a violation of a Conflict of Interest Act provision which prohibits a public office holder from seeking to influence a decision so as to improperly further another person's private interests.

At the time she was federal justice minister and attorney general. By contrast, Brison's resignation letter glowingly mentions Trudeau seven times.

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.

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".

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