Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet

Ethics commissioner to probe Prime Minister's Office over SNC-Lavalin scandal

The political scandal erupted after The Globe and Mail released an incriminating report that suggested that members from the PMO tried to pressure former Attorney General and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould into interfering in a criminal prosecution against the Montreal construction and engineering giant.

Trudeau has repeatedly denied the allegations, but Wilson-Raybould has been unable to confirm or deny them due to what she says is solicitor-client privilege.

During a tour of the Conrad rental housing development in Vancouver, Justin Trudeau addressed the political interference allegations surrounding the Prime Minister's Office and SNC-Lavalin.

Meanwhile, at the request of two NDP members, the federal ethics commissioner has launched an investigation into the matter.

That section prohibits any official responsible for high-level decision-making in government from seeking to influence the decision of another person so as to "improperly further another person's private interests".

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The Liberal government maintains that while discussions on the matter took place with Wilson-Raybould, she wasn't pressured or told to issue a directive to the prosecutor.

Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould poses for a photo with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during Trudeau's cabinet shuffle, in Ottawa.

Last month Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould out of the justice and attorney general portfolios and into veterans affairs, which many consider a demotion.

Notwithstanding the ethics commissioner's probe, Scheer said the House of Commons justice committee also needs to launch an investigation.

However, Wilson-Raybould was not in attendance at the event, despite representing a neighbouring riding.

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Wilson-Raybould has refused to comment on the allegation since it surfaced last Thursday, citing solicitor-client privilege. He has denied directing Wilson-Raybold to arrange such a deal.

Liberal MP Wayne Long is supporting those calls, writing in a statement that he is "extremely troubled" and "deeply unsettled" by the Globe's report.

"It is important to remember that while the attorney general sits at a certain distance from his cabinet colleagues, in Canada - unlike in other countries - he does not work in isolation from them, or the important experiences or considerations that those colleagues bring to the table".

"I have reason to believe that a possible contravention of section 9 may have occurred", Dion wrote in a letter to NDP MPs Nathan Cullen and Charlie Angus, who filed the complaint.

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