Canadian minister quits as political crisis deepens for Trudeau

Canadian minister quits as political crisis deepens for Trudeau

Long stresses he's not "rushing to any judgment" in the matter, but believes "a full and transparent investigation" by the House of Commons justice committee is necessary to provide answers in the affair.

Wilson-Raybould, however, has chosen not to speak publicly on the allegations, saying she is protected by client privilege and cabinet confidentiality.

The latest news out of Ottawa today is that Canada's former Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould has officially resigned amid the major SNC-Lavalin Scandal.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called the resignation "a sign of a government in disarray" and once again urged Trudeau to waive solicitor-client privilege so Wilson-Raybould can speak freely about the case.

"Justin Trudeau promised Canadians he would change the way politics worked in Ottawa, but instead his Liberal government continues to prioritize helping insiders and the rich get ahead".

"With a heavy heart I am writing to tender my resignation as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence", Wilson-Raybould wrote in her letter to the prime minister, a copy of which she tweeted online.

Federal Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced Tuesday morning that she is resigning from cabinet.

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Last month Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould out of the justice and attorney general portfolios and into veterans affairs, which many consider a demotion. The Quebec company, which offers a range of services across engineering, procurement and construction, is facing bribery and fraud charges.

Trudeau is scheduled to be in Winnipeg later today where he will face questions about Wilson-Raybould's resignation.

At the time she was federal justice minister and attorney general.

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.

She is the daughter of hereditary chief Bill Wilson, an indigenous politician who helped push former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Mr Trudeau's father, to enshrine indigenous rights in Canada's constitution.

Shortly before her resignation announcement, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs issued an open letter to Trudeau demanding that he publicly condemn "the racist and sexist innuendo" that's circulated about Wilson-Raybould since her demotion, suggesting that she's hard to work with and not a team player. "I only wish that I could have served you longer", she writes.

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