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Goodale in hot seat over Wilson-Raybould cabinet resignation

Goodale in hot seat over Wilson-Raybould cabinet resignation

"It was her responsibility to let me know about that, of course she said nothing of that to me last Fall", said Trudeau.

Wilson-Raybould, however, has chosen not to speak publicly on the allegations, saying she is protected by client privilege and cabinet confidentiality.

The pressure to go easy on SNC-Lavalin may have resulted in the termination of Jody Wilson Raybould as Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the first Indigenous woman to ever hold the post.

The letter, from the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs' executive, says the recent statements by reported Liberal party insiders are "cowardly, low blows aimed at discrediting the staunch work ethic Minister Wilson-Raybould has maintained". Trudeau said on Monday that he had full confidence in her and that her presence in cabinet spoke for itself.

A Canadian minister has resigned amid allegations she was pushed by government officials to ask for leniency for a firm facing fraud charges.

The newspaper says Wilson-Raybould was shuffled to the veterans affairs portfolio after she refused to direct the public prosecutor to forge a remediation deal with the company, which would bypass a criminal conviction.

Jody Wilson-Raybould was veterans minister for only 29 days after she was demoted from justice minister in a cabinet shuffle sparked by Scott Brison's retirement last month.

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When she was first sworn into Cabinet in 2015, she was heralded as the first indigenous justice minister, a symbolic milestone for Canada's indigenous people and a sign of Mr Trudeau's commitment to reconciliation.

Meanwhile, at the request of two NDP members, the federal ethics commissioner has launched an investigation into the matter.

Now though, Canadians aren't as confident following her sudden resignation from Trudeau's cabinet.

"It is important to remember that while the attorney general sits at a certain distance from his cabinet colleagues, in Canada - unlike in other countries - he does not work in isolation from them, or the important experiences or considerations that those colleagues bring to the table".

Wilson-Raybould's letter does not say exactly why she's quitting. Trudeau informed the rest of his cabinet Tuesday morning about her decision. "I only wish that I could have served you longer", she writes. By contrast, Brison's resignation letter glowingly mentions Trudeau seven times.

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.