Lavalin saga unravelling fast for Trudeau

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday

The scandal is now being looked at by Federal Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion.

Due to her former role as attorney general, Wilson-Raybould says she can't comment on the SNC-Lavalin accusations because she is "bound by solicitor-client privilege".

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he believes the Prime Minister should be called to testify on the matter at the Justice Committee.

Wilson-Raybould was appointed Canada's first Indigenous justice minister and attorney general in 2015.

Mr Trudeau said he was "surprised and disappointed".

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But it would have saved us all a lot of trouble if, having found herself at odds with the head of government over this important matter of public policy, she had taken the logical step and resigned from cabinet immediately. The company, a longtime Liberal party supporter, actively lobbied federal officials for the past two years, seeking a stay of court proceedings and a negotiated settlement instead of a trial. "It's not like Jody to be muzzled in any manner", said Bill Wilson.

Federal byelections will be held on February 25 in three vacant ridings - Burnaby South, where NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is hoping to win a seat in the House of Commons, the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe and Montreal's Outremont.

"When I heard what he did to Jody Wilson-Raybould, I was saying it must be continued behaviour and that continued behaviour is what's self-destructing the cabinet", said Wilson, secretary-treasurer at UBCIC.

In a letter published on her website, Wilson-Raybould thanked the residents of Vancouver-Graniville, while stating that her resignation as Minister of the Crown "in no way changes my commitment to seeing" her goal of "implementing a positive and progressive version of change on behalf of all Canadians".

At issue, of course, is the court case involving the Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin, which is facing corruption charges in relation to alleged bribery of Libyan officials between 2001 and 2011 in exchange for government contracts.

It's purely speculative to suggest that any statements from Wilson-Raybould would inflame or deflate the controversy surrounding the SNC-Lavalin issue, but it has the government on the defensive again and that's never a good thing in an election year.

So with the government's legitimacy swaying in the balance, the whole country is waiting for Wilson-Raybould to finally tell her side of the story.

Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada's Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, has announced she is resigning from her position in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet.

Wilson-Raybould, who did not give any reasons for her resignation, said in a letter to Trudeau she was quitting "with a heavy heart", adding that "I am aware that many Canadians wish for me to speak on matters that have been in the media over the past week".

Jane Philpott, MP for Markham-Stouffville, who has previously served as Minister of Health and Minister of Indigenous Services tweeted her admiration for Wilson-Raybould, who retweeted Philpott's post.

The Trudeau government passed a law previous year which allows for remediation agreements in cases of corporate corruption, wherein a company pays reparations but does not wind up with a criminal conviction that would bar it from bidding on government contracts, potentially throwing thousands of employees out of work.

"I'm absolutely pissed", said Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs.

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