Bill Wilson, Jody Wilson-Raybould’s Father, Slams Justin Trudeau In CBC Interview

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his former attorney general never raised concerns with him about the government's handling of the SNC-Lavalin case, and the onus was on her to do so.

"This resignation is not consistent with conversations I had with Jody weeks ago when I asked her to serve as Canada's minister for Veterans Affairs and associate minister of National Defence. I am in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in this matter, and as such have retained Honerable Thomas Albert Cromwell, CC as counsel", Wilson-Raybould wrote in the letter.

In Fredericton, N.B., Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Wilson-Raybould's resignation proves there's more to the SNC-Lavalin story than Trudeau has been letting on.

Jody Wilson-Raybould gave no reasons for her surprise decision to step down from the veterans affairs portfolio.

Trudeau denies the allegations, claiming "Neither the current nor the previous attorney general was ever directed by me or anyone in my office to take a decision in this matter". Wilson-Raybould has a lot of clout and knowledge about First Nations communities, North said.

Wilson-Raybould, 47, appointed justice minister when Trudeau came to power in November 2015, is one of the most prominent aboriginal politicians in federal politics.

The Globe and Mail newspaper reported last week that Justin Trudeau's staff leaned on Wilson-Raybould in her role as attorney general to help avoid a prosecution of SNC-Lavalin on bribery and fraud charges.

First, the prime minister said he didn't direct Wilson-Raybould to do anything untoward.

"I will highlight however that there's a real danger, and it's been flagged for me, of unintended consequences, particularly because there are two court cases ongoing directly related to this matter that could be impacted by such a decision we might make".

On Monday, after meeting with Wilson-Raybould, Trudeau said she confirmed to him that he had specifically told her it was entirely up to her whether to prosecute the Montreal-based engineering giant.

Her exit came less than 24 hours after Trudeau said he had "full confidence" in her and suggested she would have resigned from cabinet on principle if she had felt anyone had tried to improperly pressure her.

The Conservatives have taken to tweeting out the Liberal committee members' contact information, in a bid to have members of the public exert pressure on them.

"If Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government shut the justice committee's work down, it would send a risky signal to Canadians about the state of our democracy", Singh said in a statement.

In 1983, Wilson once told Pierre Trudeau, father of Justin, that his daughters wanted to be prime minister one day.

Until Wilson-Raybould's demotion and resignation, the Liberals had done a good job of selling themselves as a "sunny ways party", he opined.

Mario Dion, Canada's independent ethics commissioner, said on Monday he was probing allegations of possible wrongdoing by senior officials.

SNC-Lavalin faces charges of fraud and corruption in connection with almost $48 million in payments made to Libyan government officials between 2001 and 2011.

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