Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from federal cabinet

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Interestingly enough, precedent for such a decision already exists amongst past Canadian Prime Ministers.

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. The ethics investigation is the fifth one involving the Trudeau cabinet.

Mr Trudeau has denied the report.

SNC-Lavalin is facing allegations that former executives paid bribes to win contracts in Libya under Muammar Gaddafi's regime, which fell in 2011.

Her resignation marks a significant turning point in the emerging SNC-Lavalin affair.

Generally, solicitor-client privilege requires a lawyer to keep confidential any communications with a client relating to legal services.

"I am in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss on this matter", Wilson-Raybould writes.

New Brunswick MP Wayne Long said in a statement posted to social media that he was "extremely troubled" when the allegation surfaced last week and nothing he has heard since has made him feel less unsettled.

What has been the reaction?

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In 2017, Trudeau apologized after the office of the ethics commissioner said he had broken conflict-of-interest laws by accepting a vacation on a Bahamas island owned by the Aga Khan, an Ismaili religious leader.

The goodwill Trudeau generated with First Nations people at the beginning of his term has evaporated recently, she said.

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Nevertheless, her departure added fuel to opposition accusations of political interference in the justice system.

Trudeau was asked whether he will support the justice committee's study of the allegations but he wouldn't answer the question.

SNC-Lavalin has declined to comment on any of the reports.

SNC-Lavalin has argued it should be allowed to avoid prosecution because its corporate leadership and culture has changed in the wake of the charges and that it has "worked tirelessly to achieve excellence in governance and integrity".

"All of this farce about reconciliation has been a dismal failure", Wilson said.

"This make-believe cosmetic baloney that Trudeau's engaged in has proven itself now to be a farce", Bill Wilson told CBC host Vassy Kapelos.

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.

She also says that she has retained former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on this front.

While in the justice department, Ms Wilson-Raybould worked on a number of pieces of landmark legislation, including legalising cannabis and assisted dying.

In a similar fashion, the Director of Public Prosecutions Act gives the attorney general, a politician, the power to override the decisions of federal prosecutors.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says PM Justin Trudeau must explain why he removed Jody Wilson-Raybould from her role as Justice Minister in light of her resignation from Cabinet today.

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