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Wilson-Raybould resigns from Trudeau cabinet in wake of SNC-Lavalin claims

Jody Wilson-RaybouldAdrian Wyld  THE CANADIAN PRESS Jody Wilson-RaybouldAdrian Wyld THE CANADIAN PRESS
Laurie Berry | 12 February, 2019, 19:53

If then-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was informing the prime minister about her policy on the issue, or discussing options, that's fair game apparently.

Speaking in Vancouver on Monday, Trudeau said he welcomes the investigation by the ethics commissioner.

When Wilson-Raybould refused to ask federal prosecutors to make the non-prosecution deal with SNC-Lavalin in December, according to the Globe and Mail, Trudeau essentially fired her, leaving her to wash up at Veterans Affairs, a significant demotion.

The announcement comes just a day after Canada's ethics commissioner has launched an investigation into the involvement of the Prime Minister's Office stemming from allegations that the PMO tried to provide Quebec-based construction and engineering company SNC-Lavalin with a reduced punishment stemming from serious corruption charges.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Veterans Affairs Minister Jodie Wilson-Raybould attend a swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

England's World Cup-winning keeper Banks dead at 81
Mr Banks made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League and won 73 caps for his country. "RIP Gordon Banks . One said: "RIP Gordon Banks ". "We would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this time".

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. "I also am seeking answers that will clear the air regarding exactly what happened here, and, because I was raised to believe that full transparency is always the best approach to addressing such uncertainty, I believe that a full and transparent investigation is necessary to ensure that my constituents, and all Canadians, can be confident in (the) veracity of those answers", he said in a statement.

Trudeau denies the allegations but Dion has decided they're worth investigating. "Nobody has attempted to influence me", he wrote.

"Obviously Justin Trudeau's trying to hide something", Scheer said.

Last month, Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould out of the justice portfolio in a cabinet shuffle brought on by former minister Scott Brison's departure from politics, elevating David Lametti as her replacement.

Shortly after the Globe and Mail report, the Prime Minister denied the allegations, calling the story false.

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