Publicado: Jue, Febrero 14, 2019
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

Wilson-Raybould resignation from cabinet long overdue

Wilson-Raybould resignation from cabinet long overdue

And on Monday the independent ethics commissioner launched an investigation - the second into a prime minister first elected in 2015 on a promise to clean up corruption, and with only eight months before the next ballot.

In her resignation letter on Tuesday, she didn't specify the nature of her disagreement with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

It is notable that she chose to sign with that name, which she didn't do in her farewell letter as justice minister.

Moving still further westward to British Columbia, Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne hosts a roundtable chat with the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce before heading out to tour various community projects across southwestern BC, while Transport Minister Marc Garneau is in Richmond to reveal the "most recent recipients of abandoned boats funding" during a stop at Steveston Harbour.

Trudeau's office said the prime minister would stick to previously announced plans to speak to reporters later on Tuesday in Winnipeg.

Committee highlights courtesy of our friends at iPoliticsINTEL. "Had I been her I would have resigned, as soon as that demotion took". The company, a longtime Liberal party supporter, actively lobbied federal officials for the past two years, seeking a stay of court proceedings and a negotiated settlement instead of a trial.

Wilson-Raybould hasn't spoken about those allegations, which could amount to obstruction of justice charges for someone in the PMO.

The Liberals have been backsliding on their commitment to reconciliation for some time and Wilson-Raybould's resignation is just the latest manifestation, said Sheryl Lightfoot, a professor of political science, and First Nations and Indigenous studies, at UBC.

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Wilson-Raybould, however, has chosen not to speak publicly on the allegations, saying she is protected by client privilege and cabinet confidentiality. "And that's why I continue to be puzzled and disappointed by her decision to step down from cabinet".

Citing unnamed sources, the Globe and Mail has reported that officials in the prime minister's office transferred that pressure past year to then-attorney general Wilson-Raybould.

Last week, the Globe and Mail reported that the Prime Minister's Office and government officials attempted to pressure Ms. Wilson-Raybould, in her role as justice minister, to intervene by directing the director of Public Prosecutions to arrange an out-of-court settlement with SNC-Lavalin.

"To be honest, I don't entirely understand why Jody Wilson-Raybould made the decision she did", he said, explaining what happened isn't consistent with conversations they've had in the past month.

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.

The very charges that SNC-Lavalin face make it impossible for the director of the Public Prosecution Service to consider the too big to fail argument. She goes on to thank Canadians who have supported her during her time in the federal cabinet and states she will remain as MP for Vancouver-Granville.

Liberals, who hold the majority on the committee, appear to be open to conducting an investigation. "It doesn't help them that Wilson-Raybould's father (influential First Nations leader Bill Wilson) is calling them out on that failure".

And he reiterated that Wilson-Raybould was right in maintaining her silence due to the client-attorney privilege: "I respect her view that, due to privilege, she can't comment or add on matters recently before the media".

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