Wilson-Raybould resigns from Trudeau cabinet in wake of SNC-Lavalin claims

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In any event, Trudeau says the fact that Wilson-Raybould is still a cabinet minister, having neither resigned nor been dismissed, speaks for itself. The Quebec company, which offers a range of services across engineering, procurement and construction, is facing bribery and fraud charges.

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.

The news came out during a cabinet meeting this morning days after allegations surfaced that the Prime Minister's Office pressured the former attorney general and justice minister to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.

Wilson-Raybould hasn't spoken about those allegations, which could amount to obstruction of justice charges for someone in the PMO. Wilson-Raybould says that must go on. Over the weekend, the Toronto Star reported that the majority-Liberal committee is likely to block the opposition's attempt to launch a study of the allegations.

"Were bound by cabinet confidentiality...." "I only wish that I could have served you longer", she writes.

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Shortly after the Globe and Mail report, the Prime Minister denied the allegations, calling the story false.

"The issue of solicitor-client privilege is not a simple one so I have asked our attorney general to provide me with advice on this matter", he said.

Appearing at the BC housing development alongside Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Jonathan Wilkinson, Justin Trudeau said he welcomes an investigation.

Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould to the veterans affairs portfolio in January.

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