Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former justice minister and attorney general at the centre of the SNC-Lavalin controversy, has resigned from the Trudeau cabinet.
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The day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he continues ”to have full confidence in Jody,” she has decided to leave the government’s inner circle.
Part of her resignation letter reads:
”I am aware that many Canadians wish for me to speak on matters that have been in the media over the last week. I am in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in this matter.”
Until now, Wilson-Raybould has cited solicitor-client privilege as reason for not commenting on allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured the former attorney general and justice minister to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.
This development after the federal ethics commissioner announced he would investigate allegations.
The Tories and N-D-P have joined forces to get an emergency meeting tomorrow of the Commons Justice Committee to consider a motion calling on nine high-ranking government officials to testify on the controversy, including Wilson-Raybould and the prime minister’s chief of staff.