MP Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet amid scandal

Trudeau in ethics probe over handling of Libyan contract fraud

Wilson-Raybould signed her letter with her traditional name, Puglass.

Now it's not clear, however, if this shuffle is related to the SNC-Lavalin scandal in any way.

However, given Wilson-Raybould's decision to resign from cabinet, the situation has now changed drastically.

A Canadian minister has resigned amid allegations she was pushed by government officials to ask for leniency for a firm facing fraud charges.

Trudeau was elected promising that the relationship this country has with Indigenous people was, to him, of the utmost importance.

"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 resignation letter, which she has made public.

Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation followed a chorus of demands for the government to come clean about whether Trudeau's office had pressured her to intervene in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. If there was ever any chance at all the former attorney general was going to exercise some discretion and offer a conciliatory tone when she finally does break her silence, Trudeau just killed it.

How much of that perception was created because she was too honest and too blunt about the government's empty rhetoric on reconciliation? Trudeau informed the rest of his cabinet Tuesday morning about her decision.

"In our system of government, of course, her presence in cabinet should actually speak for itself", he said following a housing announcement - one that Wilson-Raybould didn't attend, unlike a handful of fellow Liberals from the city.

"She upholds integrity and dignity and the rule of law and she gets kicked in the teeth and moved down to veteran affairs".

Trudeau was shaky on Tuesday. She wanted to pursue "a positive and progressive vision of change on behalf of all Canadians", she wrote in her resignation letter, "and a different way of doing politics". "Clearly, there is something more than he has been forthcoming with".

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On Monday, Thai officials told the BBC they had released al-Araibi because Bahrain was no longer seeking his extradition. Mr Araibi , 25, a former Bahraini national team player, has said he fled his home country due to political repression.

Speaking in Vancouver on Monday, Trudeau said he welcomes the investigation by the ethics commissioner.

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. Government officials have confirmed discussions took place but denied there was any pressure.

Opposition MPs, including Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, have urged the Liberal-dominated committee to support the calls for a study. I only wish that I could have served you longer.

Wilson-Raybould hasn't spoken about those allegations, which could amount to obstruction of justice charges for someone in the PMO. The committee is scheduled to consider the motion on Wednesday.

"We are completely disgusted with the Trudeau government and its handling of this issue ..."

Liberals, who hold the majority on the committee, appear to be open to conducting an investigation. Trudeau didn't shed any light on that Tuesday.

The union attributed these anonymous, "cowardly" attempts to discredit Wilson-Raybould to Trudeau's staff and said they "perpetuate colonial-era, sexist stereotypes that Indigenous women can not be powerful, forthright and steadfast in positions of power".

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

During a speech at the University of Saskatchewan, Wilson-Raybould expressed her frustration with the pace of reconciliation efforts.

"It disgusts me", Wilson added.

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

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