Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has resigned from the federal cabinet.
The former justice minister says she will continue to serve as Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Granville.
In a letter posted on her website, Wilson-Raybould says she has retained the Honourable Thomas Albert Cromwell as counsel to provide advice on the topics that she is “legally permitted to discuss in this matter.”
Wilson-Raybould expressed her deep admiration for Canadian veterans and their families. “This decision is in no way a reflection of my desire to see your service and sacrifice upheld and honoured. I only wish that I could have served you longer,” she said.
Last week, The Globe and Mail reported that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or his staff pressured Wilson-Raybould to arrange a deal with SNC-Lavelin, the Montreal engineering and construction giant, 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.
Trudeau denied any involvement and said any decision on the subject was hers alone.
With a heavy heart I have submitted my letter of resignation to the Prime Minister as a member of Cabinet… https://t.co/Ejjh8smwYO
— Jody Wilson-Raybould (@Puglaas) February 12, 2019
Progressive Conservative leader Andrew Scheer called on Justin Trudeau to preserve all documents relating to the ongoing SNC-Lavalin Affair after Wilson-Raybould’s resignations. “With Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet, and a cabinet shuffle imminent, it’s absolutely imperative that Mr. Trudeau ensure the preservation of these records,” Scheer said in a news release. “Canadians deserve to know the truth around what happened and these records must be preserved.”