Lift the gag from Jody Wilson-Raybould

Trudeau in ethics probe over handling of Libyan contract fraud

Trudeau in ethics probe over handling of Libyan contract fraud

Wilson-Raybould will stay on as MP for Vancouver-Granville.

Trudeau's office said the prime minister would stick to previously announced plans to speak to reporters later on Tuesday in Winnipeg. The ethics investigation is the fifth one involving the Trudeau cabinet.

When pressed, he said, "the issues, the prime minister has made very clear, do not effect the independence of our judicial system".

Federal opposition parties have jumped at the allegations of political interference in this federal election year in Canada.

The Canadian charges against SNC-Lavalin were just the latest blow to one of the world's largest construction and engineering firms, after its former president and senior executives were accused of fraud, and the World Bank banned it from bidding on projects until 2023 due to "misconduct" in Bangladesh and Cambodia.

"Obviously Justin Trudeau's trying to hide something", Scheer said.

"Our government did its job properly and according to all the rules and if someone felt that we did not - someone within the government, a minister, or particularly the attorney general - then it was her responsibility to come directly to me and highlight that", he said.

"She did not. Nobody did. And that's why I continue to be puzzled and disappointed by her decision to step down from cabinet".

SNC-Lavalin has argued it should be allowed to avoid prosecution because its corporate leadership and culture has changed in the wake of the charges and that it has "worked tirelessly to achieve excellence in governance and integrity".

Wilson-Raybould, however, has chosen not to speak publicly on the allegations, saying she is protected by client privilege and cabinet confidentiality. This work must and will carry on.

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She said she was in the process of obtaining advice on what she she was legally permitted to discuss.

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".

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.

The Prime Minister's response so far has been incomplete and unconvincing.

Wilson-Raybould was appointed Canada's first Indigenous justice minister and attorney general in 2015.

Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet. The Prime Minister's Office confirmed Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will fulfill lead the office in the interim.

During a high-level speech in 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.

The prime minister also downplayed the significance of having an Indigenous woman in his cabinet.

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".

Since these allegations came out last week, Justin Trudeau has claimed that he never directed Wilson-Raybould in any way to come to any specific conclusion on the SNC-Lavalin case but that he welcomes the ethics commission investigation so that Canadians can maintain their confidence in the government.

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