Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet after SNC-Lavalin allegations

By | February 12, 2019

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.

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 …