Jody Wilson-Raybould quits cabinet amid SNC-Lavalin controversy

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      Jody Wilson-Raybould has resigned from the cabinet of Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

      The Vancouver Granville MP quit amid allegations that she was pressured by the Prime Minister’s office during her time as justice minister to help SNC-Lavalin, a Quebec-based construction-services company, avoid criminal prosecution.

      Last month, Trudeau removed Wilson-Raybould from the justice department, and named Quebec MP David Lametti as her replacement.

      Wilson-Raybould was named as Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

      Wilson-Raybould announced her resignation Tuesday (February 12) through Twitter.

      “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,” she stated in her letter to Trudeau. “My resignation as a minister of the Crown in no way changes my commitment to seeing that fundamental change achieved. This work must and will carry on.”

      Wilson-Raybould also informed Trudeau that she has retained the services of lawyer Thomas Cromwell, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.