Trudeau says he's surprised, puzzled by Wilson-Raybould's resignation

Trudeau says he's surprised, puzzled by Wilson-Raybould's resignation

Trudeau says he's surprised, puzzled by Wilson-Raybould's resignation

Jody Wilson-Raybould is out of Justin Trudeau's cabinet.

In the meantime, he said Wilson-Raybould "confirmed for me a conversation we had this fall where I told her directly that any decisions on matters involving the director of public prosecutions were hers alone".

Jody Wilson-Raybould, who resigned from the Liberal cabinet Tuesday, has cited the privilege as the reason she can not speak publicly about discussions with the prime minister's inner circle on the fate of criminal charges against construction and engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.

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

"Our government did its job properly and according to all the rules and if someone felt that we did not - someone within the government, a minister, or particularly the attorney general - then it was her responsibility to come directly to me and highlight that", he said.

Wilson-Raybould has hired a former Supreme Court justice to advise her on what she can say publicly about the matter.

When she was first sworn into Cabinet in 2015, she was heralded as the first indigenous justice minister, a symbolic milestone for Canada's indigenous people and a sign of Mr Trudeau's commitment to reconciliation.

"When I sought federal elected office, it was with the goal of implementing a positive and progressive vision of change on behalf of all Canadians and a different way of doing politics".

Shortly before her resignation announcement, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs issued an open letter to Trudeau demanding that he publicly condemn "the racist and sexist innuendo" that's circulated about Wilson-Raybould since her demotion, suggesting that she's hard to work with and not a team player.

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A spokesperson for MP Francis Scarpaleggia, chair of the national Liberal caucus, said that as of Tuesday morning, Wilson-Raybould hadn't left caucus.

Trudeau responded to this saying that he respects her right to do that and that he has full confidence in her that she did nothing wrong.

While the Prime Minister has faced many questions during the past five days over his decision to remove Wilson-Raybould from her role as AG, he has repeatedly said he did not "direct" her to make any decision and, just yesterday, the PM said that her position in cabinet "should actually speak for itself". For the time being at least, she remains a member of the Liberal caucus.

"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".

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

Wilson-Raybould's resignation is likely to haunt the Liberals during the election campaign - as will a recently-launched probe by the federal ethics commissioner.

The scandal is now being looked at by Federal Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion.

The engineering firm faces corruption and bribery charges in relation to Libyan construction projects that date back to 2001.

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