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"This resignation is not consistent with conversations I had with Jody weeks ago when I asked her to serve as Canada's minister for Veterans Affairs and associate minister of National Defence".

However, in her resignation letter, Wilson-Raybould said that she has obtained the services of former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on which topics she is "legally permitted" to discuss - a sure sign of more to come.

The prominent father of an Indigenous cabinet minister who resigned Tuesday unloaded on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an interview on CBC News.

Wilson-Raybould informed the prime minister on Monday night of her intention to resign, the statement said.

"How the law treats individuals or corporations in our society is not, and should never be, incumbent upon the political pressure they can exert upon politicians", he said.

Wilson-Raybould had been Canada's first Indigenous justice minister and the face of Trudeau's commitment to make reconciliation his top priority. Citing unnamed sources, the Globe and Mail has reported that officials in the prime minister's office transferred that pressure past year to then-attorney general Wilson-Raybould.

In the wake of that Cabinet shuffle, she released a statement saying that the justice system must "be free from even the perception of political interference and uphold the highest levels of public confidence".

Since then, the relationship between Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould has been headed for the rocks. The specific claims under investigation are that Justin Trudeau's office pressured Wilson-Raybould to assist SNC-Lavalin in getting a plea deal.

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"We welcome the ethics commissioner's investigation", the prime minister said following an event in Vancouver, Wilson-Raybould's hometown.

While the Prime Minister has faced many questions during the past five days over his decision to remove Wilson-Raybould from her role as AG, he has repeatedly said he did not "direct" her to make any decision and, just yesterday, the PM said that her position in cabinet "should actually speak for itself".

The Conservatives have taken to tweeting out the Liberal committee members' contact information, in a bid to have members of the public exert pressure on them.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also called on the Liberals to support the committee's push to look into the allegations.

Liberal MP and justice committee chair Anthony Housefather told CBC's Power and Politics that he is "in favour" of studying the allegations.

"If Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government shut the justice committee's work down, it would send a risky signal to Canadians about the state of our democracy".

Wilson-Raybould shepherded legislation to allow medical assistance in dying, prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression, and to legalize cannabis.

Wilson-Raybould's resignation is likely to haunt the Liberals during the election campaign - as will a recently-launched probe by the federal ethics commissioner. The Quebec engineering company is facing corruption charges of bribery and fraud.


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