Wilson-Raybould resigns from Trudeau's cabinet amid SNC scandal
Jody Wilson-Raybould confirmed she is resigning from her cabinet position amid allegations the Prime Minister’s Office pressured the former attorney general to help SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (SNC.TO) avoid criminal prosecution.
“With a heavy heart I have submitted my letter of resignation to the Prime Minister as a member of Cabinet,” Wilson-Raybould wrote in a tweet Tuesday.
In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould said she is in the process of obtaining advice on the topics she is legally allowed to discuss.
“I am aware that many Canadians wish for me to speak on matters that have been in the media over the last week,” she wrote.
Wilson-Raybould spoke with Trudeau Monday night to inform him she was offering her resignation from cabinet, according to a statement from a PMO spokesperson.
“The Prime Minister convened a cabinet meeting this morning to inform his cabinet colleagues of Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s resignation,” the statement said.
“The Prime Minister also spoke directly with Minister [Harjit] Sajjan, who immediately assumes responsibilities as acting Minister of Veterans Affairs.”
The spokesperson also said Trudeau will hold a press conference in Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Wilson-Raybould also said she will continue serving as the member of parliament for Vancouver-Granville.
Wilson-Raybould’s resignation came less than 24 hours after Trudeau professed his “full confidence” in her when addressing reporters in Vancouver on Monday.
“I respect her view that due to privilege she cannot comment or add on matters recently before the media,” Trudeau said at the time. “And I also highlight that we’re bound by cabinet confidentiality. In our system of government, of course her presence in cabinet should actually speak for itself.”
Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould to the veterans affairs portfolio in January.