Wilson-Raybould Resigns, Fuels Questions of PMO's Role In SNC-Lavalin Affair

Currently Wilson-Raybould is at the center of a political scandal involving allegation that the Prime Minister's Office attempted to interfere with the justice system in favor of Montreal construction giant SNC-Lavalin.

More importantly, now that Wilson-Raybould has been emancipated from the shackles of Cabinet confidentiality, it appears she may be preparing to tell her side of the SNC-Lavalin affair.

"To be honest, I don't entirely understand why Jody Wilson-Raybould made the decision she did", he said, explaining what happened isn't consistent with conversations they've had in the past month.

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.

Trudeau also said this week his office is seeking legal advice on the particulars of solicitor-client privilege from David Lametti, who succeeded Wilson-Raybould as attorney general.

Monday, he said in Vancouver that he'd told Wilson-Raybould that any decision on the subject was hers alone.

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

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.

Wilson-Raybould shepherded legislation to allow medical assistance in dying, prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression, and to legalize cannabis. He said Wilson-Raybould never spoke to him.

Because if anyone, particularly the attorney general, felt that we were not doing our job fully, responsibly and according to all the rules, as a government, it was her responsibility to come forward to me this past fall and highlight that directly to me.

"First Nations in B.C. are fully supportive of Jody and completely appalled by her demotion from a very important role", said Gosnell-Myers.

Wilson-Raybould's resignation could not possibly be unfolding in a manner more damaging to the election-year aspirations of Justin Trudeau, whose ways, in recent days, seem to have taken a deliberate turn from sunny to murky.

The Liberal government should also support the work of the Justice Committee who will be looking into other questions such as, why was the law that would help SNC-Lavalin changed in the first place and who pressured the former Attorney General to let SNC-Lavalin off the hook", said NDP BC Liaison Nathan Cullen, "Canadians deserve answers.

She will remain a Liberal MP representing the British Columbia riding of Vancouver Granville.

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Garrison Settee offered a more pointed rebuke, equating the government's treatment of Wilson-Raybould to "character assassination".

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.

Reporters at the Winnipeg event asked Trudeau if he supports a Justice Committee investigation, and if he will testify as Conservatives have called for.

He said he's "concerned about the many unanswered questions" surrounding Wilson-Raybould's resignation and added that this is "echoed by many First Nations across the country".

"The current Liberal brand has been taking a beating on this portfolio", she said.

  • Eleanor Harrison