NewsAlert: Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

Ethics commissioner to probe Prime Minister's Office over SNC-Lavalin scandal

Jody Wilson-Raybould has submitted her resignation from the Trudeau cabinet in the midst of allegations that the Prime MInister's Office tried to pressure the former justice minister to abandon a corruption and fraud prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, sources say.

Wilson-Raybould said she intends to stay on as the MP for Vancouver-Granville and thanked her constituents, staff, and officials for their support, saying she was stepping down "with a heavy heart".

When Wilson-Raybould refused to ask federal prosecutors to make the non-prosecution deal with SNC-Lavalin in December, according to the Globe and Mail, Trudeau essentially fired her, leaving her to wash up at Veterans Affairs, a significant demotion.

Jody Wilson-Raybould has resigned from cabinet.

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CTV News has not independently verified the story, and Trudeau has denied it. "Nobody has attempted to influence me", he wrote.

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"In our system of government, of course, her presence in cabinet should actually speak for itself", he said following a housing announcement - one that Wilson-Raybould didn't attend, unlike a handful of fellow Liberals from the city.

On Wednesday, the House justice committee will meet to review a request from the opposition parties that the committee investigate the allegations.

"We urge Mr. Trudeau's team to stop trying to discredit Ms. Wilson-Raybould and to commit to fully cooperate with the Ethic Commissioner's investigation".

In a statement, the ethics commissioner's office has confirmed an investigation has been launched after it received complaints from two NDP MPs.

In the first ruling, Dion's predecessor Mary Dawson ruled that Trudeau breached federal ethics rules when he and his family vacationed with the Aga Khan on his private island in the Bahamas in 2016.

"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".

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