Trudeau says he doesn't understand why Wilson-Raybould resigned

Trudeau says he doesn't understand why Wilson-Raybould resigned

Trudeau says he doesn't understand why Wilson-Raybould resigned

"Justin Trudeau must be transparent and we will continue to push his government to make sure Canadians receive the answers they deserve".

In a letter to Trudeau published on her website, Wilson-Raybould said she was resigning "with a heavy heart" but did not explain why.

When asked if the allegations and the subsequent resignation should concern Canadians over the independence of the judicial system, he relied with a succinct, "No". Wilson-Raybould says that must go on. "This work must and will carry on".

The PM allegedly pressured former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to curtail the criminal prosecution of a multi-million-dollar corruption and fraud case against SNC-Lavalin, redirecting the matter out of the courts and into a "remediation agreement", which would have spared the company the negative financial and reputational consequences of a criminal trial - the most devastating of which would include a 10-year ban from accepting government contracts, a stipulation which would economically cripple the Montreal engineering firm.

At the time, many Canadians questioned whether the move was a demotion for Wilson-Raybould, a claim that both she and Justin Trudeau openly denied, highlighting the importance of veterans affairs in Canada.

On Monday, Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion informed the NDP MPs who had requested an investigation that there is sufficient cause to proceed with an inquiry into Trudeau's actions in the case. Wilson-Raybould never mentioned it, he said.

The opposition has called on Trudeau to waive that privilege, but when asked if he would, Trudeau said that option is still under review.

A blossoming relationship between B.C. First Nations and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's federal Liberals has suffered a major setback with the resignation from cabinet of Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Trudeau's office said the prime minister would stick to previously announced plans to speak to reporters later on Tuesday in Winnipeg.

"They perpetuate colonial-era, sexist stereotypes that Indigenous women can not be powerful, forthright, and steadfast in positions of power, but rather confrontational, meddling and egotistic".

In the 1980s, he went head-to-head with Trudeau's father, former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

Then he said she had reconfirmed a conversation the pair had last fall in which he told her that the final decision in any federal prosecution was hers alone.

Trudeau responded to this saying that he respects her right to do that and that he has full confidence in her that she did nothing wrong.

Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said in a statement that he was "saddened" by Wilson-Raybould's departure, noting that many First Nations people celebrated her appointment to the justice portfolio as a "testament to her expertise, experience and intellect".

"It disgusts me", Wilson added.

In her letter, Wilson-Raybould thanked her staff, officials and Canadians who supported her while in cabinet and concluded: "Regardless of background, geography, or party affiliation, we must stand together for the values that Canada is built on, and which are the foundation for our future".

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