Trudeau cabinet minister resigns amid controversy

13 February, 2019, 06:40 | Author: Emilio Conner
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Three years ago, when Trudeau appointed Wilson-Raybould to the AG's role, he boasted about the gender parity in his cabinet, saying: "Because it's 2015". She held the post until mid-January when she was shuffled to veterans affairs. Canadians have a right to answers.

"I'm ashamed of what the prime minister has done to my daughter", Wilson said.

"I would expect some of you to be sceptical". Presumably, she'll now be able to tell her side of the case.

The prime minister reaffirmed his, and his government's innocence in the matter.

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A First Nations woman was the top lawyer in a country that still has the paternalistic Indian Act on its books, that consistently fails to properly "consult" Indigenous communities on decisions that profoundly affect them, that claims it desperately wants to reconcile yet fights not to deliver equitable health, education and social services to Indigenous kids.

"It will be very important for all of us to demonstrate that that confidence is strong and well-placed", said Goodale. I also highlight that we're bound by cabinet confidentiality.

Nevertheless, her departure added fuel to opposition accusations of political interference in the justice system. Then Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Rayboud is flanked by Mi'kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy, left, and Morley Googoo, regional chief for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, at a meeting of Atlantic MPs and First Nations chiefs in Wolfville, N.S., in 2017.

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While in the justice department, Ms Wilson-Raybould worked on a number of pieces of landmark legislation, including legalising cannabis and assisted dying. "Because I was surprised and disappointed", explained Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, taking questions at a Winnipeg infrastructure announcement.

During a high-level speech in B.C.to an audience including the province's premier, the provincial cabinet and Indigenous leaders, Wilson-Raybould again showed her frustrations with the Liberal government's reconciliation efforts.

"Yesterday, he said that her presence (in cabinet) speaks for itself".

"With a heavy heart, I am writing to tender my resignation", Wilson-Raybould wrote in a letter to the PM. How had her star fallen so precipitously in such a short time?

As the former attorney general, Wilson-Raybould has refused to comment on the allegation, citing solicitor-client privilege. "And that's why I continue to be puzzled and disappointed by her decision to step down from cabinet".

Trudeau says Wilson-Raybould reminded him of a conversation they had last fall, in which he says he told her it was entirely up to her as attorney general to decide whether to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin over its dealings in Libya, thereby avoiding a criminal trial. Wilson-Raybould quit cabinet on Tuesday.

The Globe and Mail reported that people in Trudeau's office tried to pressure Wilson-Raybould previous year to help construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a corruption trial when she was justice minister.

Only a few hours later, however, she resigned from cabinet. "I am in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in this matter, and as such have retained Honerable Thomas Albert Cromwell, CC as counsel", Wilson-Raybould wrote in the letter.

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