Canadian minister quits as political crisis deepens for Trudeau

13 February, 2019, 06:41 | Author: Emmett Howard
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"She has a different lens from other cabinet ministers, having grown up under an oppressive set of laws that Indigenous people are still dealing with today", said Gosnell-Myers.

Ms Wilson-Raybould has so far declined to comment on the story, citing solicitor-client privilege.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement of funding for Winnipeg Transit projects at its Fort Rouge garage in Winnipeg on Tuesday.

Due to her former role as attorney general, Wilson-Raybould says she can't comment on the SNC-Lavalin accusations because she is "bound by solicitor-client privilege".

The prime minister has called the allegations of political interference "false".

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. A conviction, in comparison, carries a 10-year ban on bidding on federal contracts.

The Liberals have been backsliding on their commitment to reconciliation for some time and Wilson-Raybould's resignation is just the latest manifestation, said Sheryl Lightfoot, a professor of political science, and First Nations and Indigenous studies, at UBC.

Last month, Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould out of the justice portfolio in a cabinet shuffle brought on by former minister Scott Brison's departure from politics, elevating David Lametti as her replacement.

"She did not. Nobody did".

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"Because if anyone, particularly the attorney general, felt that we were not doing our job fully, responsibly, and according to all the rules as a government it was her responsibility to come forward to me this past fall and highlight that directly to me". This work must and will carry on. "I am in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in the matter and as such, have retained the Honourable Albert Cromwell, CC as counsel", she said in a statement.

I want to thank all Canadians, and in particular the residents of Vancouver-Granville, who put their trust in me and supported me as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

The Trudeau government passed a law a year ago 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.

Monday, he said in Vancouver that he'd told Wilson-Raybould that any decision on the subject was hers alone.

Then, on Tuesday night, the prime minister seemed to throw Wilson-Raybould under the bus.

Wilson-Raybould, 47, appointed justice minister when Trudeau's Liberals came to power in November 2015, is one of the most prominent aboriginal politicians in federal politics.

Wilson-Raybould shepherded legislation to allow medical assistance in dying, prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression, and to legalize cannabis. "In our system of governance, her presence in cabinet should speak for itself".

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.

"If Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government shut the justice committee's work down, it would send a risky signal to Canadians about the state of our democracy".

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