Jody Wilson-Raybould has now resigned from Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.
According to Jody Wilson-Raybould, she will be retaining former SCC justice Thomas Cromwell as legal counsel, likely a sign that she intends to side-step attorney-client privilege in order to speak openly regarding the scandal.
Within moments of Jody Wilson-Raybould announcing her resignation, the RCMP announced that they are preparing charges against SNC-Lavalin in Quebec for massively bribing the federal bridge authority
Trudeau held an emergency cabinet meeting this morning to deal with the matter of Wilson-Raybould’s resignation.
While Wilson-Raybould will be stepping down from her cabinet position, early reports indicate she will still be staying on as a Liberal MP.
Yesterday, when speaking with reporters in B.C. about Wilson-Raybould, Trudeau said “her presence in cabinet should actually speak for itself.”
Now, with her resignation less than 24 hours later, Trudeau’s own words appear to have come back to haunt him.
Already an emergency cabinet meeting is being held as the government prepares to respond.
Statement from the PMO
The Prime Minister’s Office has posted the following, noting that Jody Wilson-Raybould let Trudeau know of her intent to resign last night, and that Minister Sajjan will immediately take the responsibilities of the Minister of Veterans Affairs.
Conservative party leader, Andrew Scheer
The leader of the opposition has published his statement calling the resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould a sign that the government is in disarray.
‘Mr. Trudeau’s ethical lapses and his disastrous handling of this latest scandal have thrown his government into chaos,’ Scheer writes in the letter to PM. ‘He promised Canadians open and transparent government and he has betrayed that promise. Canadians deserve better.’
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