Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

Jody Wilson-RaybouldAdrian Wyld  THE CANADIAN PRESS

Jody Wilson-RaybouldAdrian Wyld THE CANADIAN PRESS

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

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau is being investigated for illegally attempting to shield engineering firm SNC-Lavalin from criminal fraud and corruption charges involving millions of dollars in bribes to the Libyan government.

If then-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was informing the prime minister about her policy on the issue, or discussing options, that's fair game apparently.

Wilson-Raybould hasn't spoken about those allegations, which could amount to obstruction of justice charges for someone in the PMO.

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".

"The allegations reported in the story are false". "And I also highlight that we're bound by cabinet confidentiality".

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"I have reason to believe that a possible contravention of section 9 may have occurred", Dion wrote in a letter to NDP MPs Nathan Cullen and Charlie Angus, who filed the complaint.

This renewed calls for the House of Commons Justice Committee to conduct a study on the matter.

Appearing at the BC housing development alongside Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Jonathan Wilkinson, Justin Trudeau said he welcomes an investigation. But if anyone was trying to exert pressure on Wilson-Raybould to influence the legal proceedings, they crossed the line.

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. He also said at that time that he still had "full confidence" in Wilson-Raybould.

Wilson-Raybould was shuffled out of the justice portfolio last month, and is now the minister of veterans affairs, a move widely seen as a demotion.

Trudeau wouldn't commit to that on Monday, and instead told reporters he has asked his new attorney general, David Lametti, to review that option and report back.

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