Bill Kelly: SNC-Lavalin affair has Justin Trudeau on defence again

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Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer said Tuesday that Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation from cabinet shows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is "trying to hide something" in the SNC-Lavalin case. Wilson-Raybould quit on Tuesdau amid news reports that she was pressured to go easy on a major firm previous year.

Jody Wilson-Raybould has resigned from cabinet.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau is being investigated for illegally attempting to shield engineering firm SNC-Lavalin from criminal fraud and corruption charges involving millions of dollars in bribes to the Libyan government.

Regarding the question of political interference the Prime Minister claimed that the former Justice Minister didn't bring up any of her concerns during her tenure.

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Some experts say Trudeau could waive that privilege if he were so inclined.

The Prime Minister has also announced that Minister Harjit Sajjan has replaced Jody Wilson-Raybould as the acting Minister of Veterans Affairs.

Her resignation is a potential blow to Trudeau as he faces re-election this year.

In her letter Tuesday Wilson-Raybould says she is "in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in this matter".

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According to the Globe, Wilson-Raybould resisted that pressure.

Her resignation could trigger another cabinet shuffle and is likely to cast a long shadow over the upcoming election campaign.

Wilson-Raybould hasn't spoken about those allegations, which could amount to obstruction of justice charges for someone in the PMO.

The Tories and New Democrats want nine high-ranking officials - including members of Trudeau's inner circle and the new justice minister, David Lametti - to testify before the committee.

"Justin 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".

Liberals, who hold the majority on the committee, appear to be open to conducting an investigation.

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".

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".

She thanks her staff, officials and Canadians who supported her while in cabinet.

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