Ethics commissioner to probe Prime Minister's Office over SNC-Lavalin scandal

Ethics commissioner to probe Prime Minister's Office over SNC-Lavalin scandal

Ethics commissioner to probe Prime Minister's Office over SNC-Lavalin scandal

"I'm sorry to see any colleague leave cabinet", said Goodale, federal minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, before referring any further comment to a statement expected from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later Tuesday afternoon. Wilson-Raybould quit on Tuesdau amid news reports that she was pressured to go easy on a major firm past year.

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.

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.

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

Her exit came less than 24 hours after Trudeau said he had "full confidence" in her and suggested she would have resigned from cabinet on principle if she had felt anyone had tried to improperly pressure her.

Jody Wilson-Raybould and Justin Trudeau in happier times.

Charlie Angus, the party's ethics critic, said in a statement that Trudeau promised Canadians he would change the way politics worked in Ottawa, but instead his Liberal government "continues to prioritize helping insiders and the rich get ahead".

Wilson-Raybould posted a copy of the resignation letter she sent to the Prime Minister's Office on her website Tuesday morning.

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Wilson-Raybould, who was demoted to the veterans-affairs portfolio in a January cabinet shuffle, was a no-show at Trudeau's events in the Vancouver area, which were attended by a number of other British Columbia Liberal MPs.

Wilson-Raybould, 47, appointed justice minister when Trudeau's Liberals came to power in November 2015, is one of the most prominent aboriginal politicians in federal politics. The Quebec engineering company is facing corruption charges of bribery and fraud.

The resignation is the second blow for Trudeau in two days over the affair.

At the time she was federal justice minister and attorney general.

Scheer also wrote to Trudeau, calling on him to ensure that all documents - including "memos, letters, emails, PINs, SMS messages and handwritten notes" - pertaining to the case are preserved.

"Frankly I am both surprised and disappointed by her decision to step down", said the Prime Minister.

He said he's "concerned about the many unanswered questions" surrounding Wilson-Raybould's resignation and added that this is "echoed by many First Nations across the country".

She thanks her staff, officials and Canadians who supported her while in cabinet.

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