Former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

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Jody Wilson-Raybould was part of a cabinet shuffle earlier in January and was removed from her position as the Attorney General and as the Justice Minister.

The Prime Minister spoke in Winnipeg today after the former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced her resignation from the Liberal cabinet. The specific claims under investigation are that Justin Trudeau's office pressured Wilson-Raybould to assist SNC-Lavalin in getting a plea deal.

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Scheer also said he believes Trudeau should testify before committee.

The Prime Minister has also announced that Minister Harjit Sajjan has replaced Jody Wilson-Raybould as the acting Minister of Veterans Affairs.

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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.

Her resignation is a potential blow to Trudeau as he faces re-election this year.

Scheer called on Trudeau to waive solicitor-client privilege to allow Wilson-Raybould to speak freely on the matter. I only wish that I could have served you longer.

"It is important to remember that while the attorney general sits at a certain distance from his cabinet colleagues, in Canada - unlike in other countries - he does not work in isolation from them, or the important experiences or considerations that those colleagues bring to the table".

The SNC-Lavalin issue dates back to 2015 when the federal government laid corruption charges against the Quebec based company.

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

Since these allegations came out last week, Justin Trudeau has claimed that he never directed Wilson-Raybould in any way to come to any specific conclusion on the SNC-Lavalin case but that he welcomes the ethics commission investigation so that Canadians can maintain their confidence in the government.

Some Indigenous leaders have been highly critical of Trudeau's decision to demote Wilson-Raybould and those criticisms escalated Tuesday.

Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said in a statement that he was "saddened" by Wilson-Raybould's departure, noting that many First Nations people celebrated her appointment to the justice portfolio as a "testament to her expertise, experience and intellect".

Wilson-Raybould, who plans to stay on as MP for Vancouver-Granville, has been quiet since the original Globe and Mail story broke, saying she can't comment because she's bound by solicitor-client privilege.

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