Vancouver MP Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns as member of cabinet

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Jody Wilson-Raybould, the Liberal MP from Vancouver Granville, has announced her resignation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.

The lawyer, who had been recently appointed to the Minister of Veterans Affairs post, previously served as the minster of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. However, her name has been in headlines recently regarding dealings with SNC-Lavalin, the large engineering and construction company.

The Globe and Mail newspaper reported last week that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or his staff pressured her to arrange a deal with the Montreal company that would have let it avoid a criminal prosecution on allegations of corruption and bribery in relation to its efforts to win government contracts in Libya.

In a letter published on her website, the former justice minister says she has hired former Supreme Court judge Thomas Cromwell to tell her what she can say about her dealings with the prime minister on the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Since then, Trudeau has denied he did any such thing.

Wilson-Raybould’s letter does not say exactly why she’s quitting.

Here is her letter in full:

 

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