Bill Kelly: What Jody Wilson-Raybould didn’t say speaks volumes

Ms. Wilson-Raybould shared her resignation letter to the Prime Minister's Office on the platform.

Wilson-Raybould was the Attorney General of Canada from November 4, 2015, until January 14, 2019 and is at the centre of the ethics investigation.

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.

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.

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"First Nations in B.C. are fully supportive of Jody and completely appalled by her demotion from a very important role", said Gosnell-Myers.

Federal opposition parties have jumped at the allegations of political interference in this federal election year in Canada.

Cabinet privilege prevented Wilson-Raybould, also the former minister of justice, from addressing the scandal.

"When I heard what he did to Jody Wilson-Raybould, I was saying it must be continued behaviour and that continued behaviour is what's self-destructing the cabinet", said Wilson, secretary-treasurer at UBCIC.

In a one-page resignation letter addressed to the prime minister Tuesday, the Liberal MP stated that she sought public office "with the goal of implementing a positive and progressive vision of change on behalf of all Canadians and a different way of doing politics".

For the details of Trudeau's involvement in tampering with the SNC-Lavalin case, however, all Scheer has to go on is an anonymously-sourced report in the Globe and Mail. "And that's why I continue to be puzzled and disappointed by her decision to step down from cabinet".

Wilson-Raybould shepherded legislation to allow medical assistance in dying, prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression, and to legalize cannabis.

"Ms. Wilson-Raybould's appointment as minister of justice and attorney general was celebrated by many First Nations people as a tremendous accomplishment and testament to her expertise, experience and intellect", Bellegarde said in a statement.

Her resignation is a potential blow to Trudeau as he faces re-election this year.

SNC-Lavalin has declined to comment on any of the reports.

Reporters at the Winnipeg event asked Trudeau if he supports a Justice Committee investigation, and if he will testify as Conservatives have called for. "It doesn't help them that Wilson-Raybould's father (influential First Nations leader Bill Wilson) is calling them out on that failure".

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Garrison Settee offered a more pointed rebuke, equating the government's treatment of Wilson-Raybould to "character assassination".

"The current Liberal brand has been taking a beating on this portfolio", she said.

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.

  • Wendy Palmer