Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Jody Wilson-Raybould Resigns From Cabinet In Wake Of SNC-Lavalin Scandal

Jody Wilson-Raybould Resigns From Cabinet In Wake Of SNC-Lavalin Scandal

The company was charged in 2015 with bribing Libyan officials between 2001 and 2011 in exchange for construction contracts.

Her resignation as veterans affairs minister comes as a controversy engulfs the government from her time as attorney general and allegations that Trudeau's office pressured her not to prosecute Montreal firm SNC-Lavalin on corruption charges.

The NDP asked Dion to look into the matter after the Globe and Mail published a report last week that alleged the PMO wanted Wilson-Raybould to direct federal prosecutors to make a "deferred prosecution agreement" - a deal akin to a plea bargain - to avoid taking SNC-Lavalin to trial on bribery and fraud charges.

Monday, he said in Vancouver that he'd told Wilson-Raybould that any decision on the subject was hers alone. "Nobody has attempted to influence me", he wrote. "And I also highlight that we're bound by cabinet confidentiality".

SNC-Lavalin was charged with paying out $48 million in bribes to Libyan officials in the decade leading up to the NATO-led overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's government in 2011, payments meant to influence government decision-making, though the company was also charged with defrauding Libyan companies of about $130 million.

Wilson-Raybould has refused to comment on the allegation since it surfaced last Thursday, citing solicitor-client privilege.

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The Conservatives issued a letter over the weekend urging Trudeau to waive that privilege so that Wilson-Raybould can clear the air on what they called "very troubling" allegations.

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould said she is in the process of obtaining advice on the topics she is legally allowed to discuss.

The ethics commissioner's office has found rules violations in two of the four investigations into the Trudeau cabinet it has completed.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds Jack Golden, six-months-old, while campaigning with Richard T. Lee, the Liberal candidate in the Burnaby South byelection, at a cafe in Burnaby, British Columbia, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.

Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould to the veterans affairs portfolio in January.

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