Wilson-Raybould Resigns From Cabinet Amid Scandal
Veteran Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has resigned from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet.
Her resignation comes amid ongoing questions into whether Trudeau or anyone in his office tried to pressure Wilson-Raybould to abandon the prosecution of a case against SNC-Lavalin when she was justice minister and attorney general.
In her letter of resignation as Veterans Affairs Minister, Wilson-Raybould said she has retained former Supreme Court judge Thomas Cromwell as her lawyer to provide advice about speaking publicly about the scandal, as she has been called on to do since the news broke last week in The Globe and Mail.
The Globe reported that the Prime Minister's Office tried to influence Wilson-Raybould to ask prosecutors to make a deal to pursue a remediation agreement rather than a criminal prosecution in the corruption and fraud case against the Quebec-based engineering and construction company.
CTV News has not independently verified the story, and Trudeau has denied it.
Wilson-Raybould said she intends to stay on as the MP for Vancouver-Granville and thanked her constituents, staff, and officials for their support, saying she was stepping down "with a heavy heart."
Prime Minister Trudeau issued a statement on Tuesday, saying "Last night, the Prime Minister spoke with Jody Wilson-Raybould who informed him she was tendering her resignation from cabinet."
It also says "The Prime Minister also spoke directly with Minister Sajjan, who immediately assumes responsibilities as acting Minister of Veterans Affairs."
Trudeau called an emergency cabinet meeting for Tuesday.
Her departure will also likely prompt another cabinet shuffle to fill her vacancy.
On Monday, Trudeau said that he had met with Wilson-Raybould "a couple of times" since arriving in B.C. over the weekend. He also said at that time that he still had "full confidence" in Wilson-Raybould.
Trudeau said that he respected her citing solicitor-client privilege as the reason why she has not yet publically commented on the reported allegations that have rocked Parliament Hill.
The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner also announced on Monday that he has launched an investigation in the case.
This renewed calls for the House of Commons Justice Committee to conduct a study on the matter.
MPs will be convening in Ottawa on Wednesday to discuss the possibility calling on Wilson-Raybould and several other high-profile government officials to testify.