Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former justice minister at the centre of claims that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured her to help Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution, has resigned from cabinet.
She tweeted a link to her resignation letter this morning.
“With a heavy heart I am writing to tender my resignation as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence,” she wrote.
With a heavy heart I have submitted my letter of resignation to the Prime Minister as a member of Cabinet… <a href=”https://t.co/Ejjh8smwYO”>https://t.co/Ejjh8smwYO</a>
Wilson-Raybould, who was shuffled to the Veterans Affairs portfolio in January, has been under intense scrutiny since the Globe and Mail published a report last week that alleged the PMO wanted her to direct federal prosecutors to make a “deferred prosecution agreement” (DPA) — a mechanism similar to a plea bargain — to avoid taking SNC-Lavalin to trial on bribery and fraud charges.
On Monday, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau said he continues “to have full confidence in Jody.”
More to come …