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14 February 2019, 12:29 | Vera Richards
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The opposition wants the committee to be granted the ability to dig deeper into whether the prime minister or anyone in his office tried to pressure the then-attorney general to abandon the criminal prosecution of a corruption and fraud case against SNC-Lavalin, as The Globe and Mail reported last week.
Trudeau's office released a statement following the resignation saying Minister Sajjan would be assuming Wilson-Raybould's responsibilities as acting Minister of Veterans Affairs.
"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. "I am in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in the matter and as such, have retained the Honourable Albert Cromwell, CC as counsel", she said in a statement.
Jane Philpott, MP for Markham-Stouffville, who has previously served as Minister of Health and Minister of Indigenous Services tweeted her admiration for Wilson-Raybould, who retweeted Philpott's post.
Earlier in the day, now-former veterans affairs minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced her resignation from cabinet. He told reporters in Vancouver that he had full confidence in Wilson-Raybould and that her continued presence in cabinet "should actually speak for itself".
The federal ethics commissioner is investigating the allegations.
SNC-Lavalin faces corruption charges for bribing officials in Libya to secure government contracts.
SNC-Lavalin has declined to comment on any of the reports.
Tuesday night support started to stream in on social media for Wilson Raybould, including from some of her Liberal colleagues.
First Nations were buoyed by Wilson-Raybould's ascension to cabinet in 2015.
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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. "Had I been her I would have resigned, as soon as that demotion took".
The Trudeau government passed a law past 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.
As it's written the motion indicates the study would start before the end of the month, and would include testimony from: Justice Minister David Lametti; Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Gerald Butts; Senior Advisors Elder Marques and Mathieu Bouchard; and Wilson-Raybould's chief of staff Jessica Prince.
They are pushing to have some of Mr Trudeau's top aides and a number of Liberal MPs appear before Parliament's justice committee. And that's a huge blow for Trudeau and the PMO, if indeed they were covering up the affair.
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".
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