Lavalin saga unravelling fast for Trudeau

Lavalin saga unravelling fast for Trudeau

When Wilson-Raybould refused to ask federal prosecutors to make the non-prosecution deal with SNC-Lavalin in December, according to the Globe and Mail, Trudeau essentially fired her, leaving her to wash up at Veterans Affairs, a significant demotion. On Monday, after meeting with Wilson-Raybould, Trudeau said she confirmed to him that he had specifically told her it was entirely up to her whether to prosecute the Montreal-based engineering giant.

Politicians, Including Jody Wilson-Raybould herself, her supporters and her family have taken to Twitter to discuss Ms. Wilson-Raybould's resignation from cabinet on Tuesday.

Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould has resigned from cabinet, following claims the Prime Minister's Office pressured her to help Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.

As it's written the motion indicates the study would start before the end of the month, and would include testimony from: Justice Minister David Lametti; Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Gerald Butts; Senior Advisors Elder Marques and Mathieu Bouchard; and Wilson-Raybould's chief of staff Jessica Prince.

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Tuesday night support started to stream in on social media for Wilson Raybould, including from some of her Liberal colleagues.

Wilson-Raybould, meanwhile, declined to comment on the story, while Trudeau denied the allegations but said he welcomes the probe. How had her star fallen so precipitously in such a short time?

Cabinet privilege prevented Wilson-Raybould, also the former minister of justice, from addressing the scandal.

Anthony Housefather, the Liberal chair of the committee, says he believes Trudeau and that nothing untoward happened.

Citing unnamed sources, the Globe and Mail has reported that officials in the prime minister's office transferred that pressure past year to then-attorney general Wilson-Raybould.

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Government insiders have said Wilson-Raybould was involved in internal discussions last fall about whether to instruct the director of public prosecutions to pursue remediation, as is allowed by law, but they've insisted those discussions were not tantamount to pressure.

Her resignation provides stark contrast to Trudeau's characterization of the situation just a day earlier.

"She's done incredibly well on some very hard files", she said.

Liberals, who hold the majority on the committee, appear to be open to conducting an investigation.

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

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".

"It was a really positive step when Jody was appointed attorney general", said Terry Teegee, regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations.

The grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak also lamented the political loss.

He added he remains "concerned about the many unanswered questions" surrounding her resignation.

I want to thank all Canadians, and in particular the residents of Vancouver-Granville, who put their trust in me and supported me as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

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