Jody Wilson-Raybould, Kwakwaka’wakw, the former Canadian Attorney General who was reportedly demoted due to refusing to intervene in a criminal investigation that would help a major government contractor SNC-Lavalin avoid prosecution, has formally resigned by posting a letter of resignation on her website.
Wilson-Raybould also posted her decision on Twitter stating, “With a heavy heart I have submitted my letter of resignation to the Prime Minister as a member of Cabinet…”
In her letter, Wilson-Raybould writes:
“With a heavy heart, I am writing to tender my resignation as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.
I want to thank all Canadians, and in particular the residents of Vancouver-Granville, who put their trust in me and supported me as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. 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. 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 thanked Canada’s families and veterans and federal officials and also wrote that she would release details to the media after speaking with counsel.
As previously reported in Indian Country Today, Aboriginal Canadian political figurehead Jody Wilson-Raybould, was demoted from her role as the country’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General to the Minister of Veterans Affairs.
She was allegedly demoted when she had refused to intervene or coerce a favorable decision in a federal case against the government contractor SNC-Lavalin regarding alleged bribes to Libyan government officials from the years 2001 to 2011.
According to the Globe and Mail, the Prime Ministers Office had asked Wilson-Raybould to put pressure on Canadian prosecutors to formulate and negotiate a “deferred prosecution agreement” meaning an agreement in which a prosecutor would grant amnesty to a defendant that agreed to specific terms.
As reported in the CBC, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday that he continues “to have full confidence in Jody,” and that “She 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."
Trudeau also commented that he respected her view not to comment on matters before the media.
On Monday, Canadian Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion stated that there is sufficient cause to investigate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for any possible violations of the Section 9 Conflict of Interest Act.
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