Wilson-Raybould a credit to BC

Muriel Hammond
February 18, 2019

He also said that there were a "wide-range of factors" that went into his decision to move Wilson-Raybould from her position, but that no cabinet shuffle would have happened, had Brison not stepped down.

Wilson-Raybould was Justin Trudeau's justice minister and attorney general and was able to shepherd some major legislation for the government including medically assisted dying and the legalization of marijuana.

The prime minister acknowledged cabinet held talks about the case, but said he didn't express a preferred outcome to Wilson-Raybould.

Trudeau said Wilson-Raybould spoke with him about the matter in September. He only said he accepted her decision, even if he didn't totally understand it.

Last week, the Globe and Mail reported that Wilson-Raybould felt pressured to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin rather than pursue a criminal trial on charges of bribery and fraud linked to the company's efforts to secure business in Libya.

Jody Wilson-Raybould watches Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrive as he shuffles his cabinet in Ottawa on January 14, 2019. "But as we do that, we always need to make sure we're standing up for the rule of law and protecting the independence of our justice system", Trudeau said.

On Monday evening, she tendered her resignation. Trudeau said he would have never have moved her if his Treasury Board president hadn't resigned, forcing the change.

During the political firestorm that followed the report, Wilson-Raybould refused to comment on the case, saying she was still bound by solicitor-client privilege.

"I, of course, said no, that it was her decision to make and I expected her to make it", Trudeau told reporters. Wilson-Raybould was demoted from being Justice Minister to Minister of Veteran Affairs.

The real issue for me in the current federal political turmoil dates back several weeks to when the prime minister (astonishingly) dropped British Columbia MP Jody Wilson-Raybould from the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada portfolio in his recent cabinet shuffle. "Of all the different considerations that could have come into the decision to shift roles in cabinet, the former attorney general's proficiency in both official languages was not one of them".

Multiple MPs also told CBC News that while there was a consensus in caucus that Wilson-Raybould should no longer sit at the cabinet table, there was no justifiable reason to remove the MP for Vancouver-Granville from the Liberal caucus. She has hired former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on what she can and cannot say publicly.

"I am aware that many Canadians wish for me to speak on matters that have been in the media over the last week", she said.

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