Goodale in hot seat over Wilson-Raybould cabinet resignation

Muriel Colon
February 13, 2019

The ongoing controversy comes after a report that alleged senior officials in the Prime Minister's Office pressured Wilson-Raybould when she was justice minister and attorney general to intervene and urge prosecutors to cut a deal to save SNC-Lavalin from going to trial.

"In regards to the matter of SNC-Lavilin, let me be direct".

Charlie Angus, the party's ethics critic, said in a statement that 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". If anybody felt differently they had an obligation to raise that with me.

Her relationship with her father is sometimes troubled, and one Indigenous source said it is "impossible to talk about Jody without talking about her dad". Wilson-Raybould has a lot of clout and knowledge about First Nations communities, North said.

Ms Wilson-Raybould has so far declined to comment on the story, citing solicitor-client privilege. In recent days, Liberal operatives have attempted to smear Wilson-Raybould's performance even though she was widely seen as a credible and competent Minister throughout her tenure.

Trudeau didn't elaborate on how he was involved in the SNC-Lavalin case, and a request for details sent to his office was not immediately answered.

Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould released a letter Tuesday announcing her resignation.

Cromwell told iPolitics earlier on Tuesday that he would not be making any public comments today.

"In our system of government, of course, her presence in cabinet should actually speak for itself". And on Wednesday the justice committee will debate launching it's own probe into the issue.

Housefather says he believes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he says nobody from his office pressured Wilson-Raybould but he also believes more clarity is needed to explain exactly what went on.

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".

On Monday, after meeting with Wilson-Raybould, Trudeau said she confirmed to him that he had specifically told her it was entirely up to her whether to prosecute the Montreal-based engineering giant.

She didn't, however. She stayed on and kept her mouth shut - until January when Trudeau booted her from the attorney general's post and shuffled her into the relatively minor veterans' affairs portfolio. She did not. Nobody did.

However, given Wilson-Raybould's decision to resign from cabinet, the situation has now changed drastically. But he did not elaborate on the nature of those discussions.

"Now more than ever, it is imperative that the Liberal government support the work of the justice committee that will be looking into whether there was illegal interference with the independent exercise of the former attorney general's responsibilities", Singh said in a statement.

"If Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government shut the justice committee's work down, it would send a risky signal to Canadians about the state of our democracy", Singh said in a statement.

"As I've said before, Conservatives are keeping all options on the table to hold Justin Trudeau to account over this issue".

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