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Ethics commissioner launches investigation into political interference allegations in SNC-Lavalin case

Ethics commissioner launches investigation into political interference allegations in SNC-Lavalin case

Allegations surfaced that the Prime Minister's Office pressured Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.

"With a heavy heart, I am writing to tender my resignation as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence", Wilson-Raybould wrote in her resignation letter, which she has made public.

Make no mistake about it - there are serious allegations to be answered about how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government dealt with the legal problems of Quebec mega-company SNC-Lavalin.

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 Globe story claims that Wilson-Raybould resisted pressure to intervene with the Public Prosecution Service's decision to proceed with a trial.

Only hours before Trudeau's planned press conference on the West Coast, the NDP made the bombshell announcement that the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion had accepted its request to investigate the allegations, first reported by The Globe and Mail last week.




Jody Wilson-Raybould made her resignation letter public on February 12, 2019.

The company was charged in 2015 with bribing Libyan officials between 2001 and 2011 in exchange for construction contracts. "I only wish that I could have served you longer", she writes.

"We urge Mr. Trudeau's team to stop trying to discredit Ms. Wilson-Raybould and to commit to fully cooperate with the Ethic Commissioner's investigation".

On Monday, Trudeau said that he had met with Wilson-Raybould "a couple of times" since arriving in B.C. over the weekend.

Conservative Leader Albert Scheer has led the charge to haul Trudeau's aides and top members of his party in front of an emergency meeting of the justice committee for what he calls "unprecedented" attempts at influencing a criminal proceeding.

Wilson-Raybould was shuffled out of the justice portfolio last month, and is now the minister of veterans affairs, a move widely seen as a demotion.


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