Trudeau cabinet minister resigns amid controversy

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Wilson-Raybould - also known by her Kwak'wala name Puglaas - had recently been caught up in allegations that the Prime Minister's office pressured her to help engineering giant SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.

Newly appointed Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould signs a book after Trudeau's cabinet shuffle, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, January 14, 2019. Citing unnamed sources, the Globe and Mail has reported that officials in the prime minister's office transferred that pressure previous year to then-attorney general Wilson-Raybould.

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.

"In regards to the matter of SNC-Lavilin, let me be direct. The government of Canada did its job and to the clear public standards expected of it", Trudeau said.

"If anyone felt differently they had an obligation to raise that with me".

Her relationship with her father is sometimes troubled, and one Indigenous source said it is "impossible to talk about Jody without talking about her dad".

The Globe reports that Wilson-Raybould resisted that pressure.

Wilson-Raybould has refused to comment on the allegation since it surfaced last Thursday, citing solicitor-client privilege.

Last month Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould out of the justice and attorney general portfolios and into veterans affairs, which many consider a demotion.

Trudeau's office said the prime minister would stick to previously announced plans to speak to reporters later on Tuesday in Winnipeg.

Wilson-Raybould said in a letter to Trudeau earlier in the day she was leaving "with a heavy heart" but gave no reasons. And on Wednesday the justice committee will debate launching it's own probe into the issue.

If Trudeau is willing to waive his solicitor-client privilege, as Conservative leader Andrew Scheer called for him to do yesterday, then this situation can be clarified and the necessary action can be taken to resolve it.

The union attributed these anonymous, "cowardly" attempts to discredit Wilson-Raybould to Trudeau's staff and said they "perpetuate colonial-era, sexist stereotypes that Indigenous women can not be powerful, forthright and steadfast in positions of power".

Speaking in Vancouver on Monday, Trudeau said he welcomes the investigation by the ethics commissioner.

In the federal cabinet, the justice minister also serves as attorney general, the chief law officer of the Crown. She did not. Nobody did.

First Nations were buoyed by Wilson-Raybould's ascension to cabinet in 2015. But he did not elaborate on the nature of those discussions.

Long stressed he's not "rushing to any judgment", but believes "a full and transparent investigation" by the House of Commons justice committee is necessary to provide answers in the affair.

"If Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government shut the justice committee's work down, it would send a risky signal to Canadians about the state of our democracy", Singh said in a statement. It was successive governments: "Conservative and Liberal and even NDP in this province", he said from Vancouver.

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