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"Ms. Wilson Raybould's resignation makes it crystal clear that Justin Trudeau is trying to hide the truth with regards to the SNC-Lavalin affair", he told reporters in Fredericton, adding that his party respects her decision to resign from cabinet "on principle".

The Prime Minister has also announced that Minister Harjit Sajjan has replaced Jody Wilson-Raybould as the acting Minister of Veterans Affairs.

Due to her former role as attorney general, Wilson-Raybould says she can't comment on the SNC-Lavalin accusations because she is "bound by solicitor-client privilege".

I want to thank all Canadians, and in particular the residents of Vancouver-Granville, who put their trust in me and supported me as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

The former justice minister resigned from the federal cabinet one day after Trudeau suggested her continuing presence there was proof she didn't think she'd been improperly pressured to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.

Federal opposition parties have jumped at the allegations of political interference in this federal election year in Canada.

"This is an issue that has been much talked about over the last few days and I think it's extremely important that Canadians can continue to have confidence in our system".

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"I am in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss on this matter", Wilson-Raybould writes.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons Thursday February 7, 2019 in Ottawa. Wilson-Raybould quit on Tuesdau amid news reports that she was pressured to go easy on a major firm previous year. For the time being at least, she remains a member of the Liberal caucus.

The New Democrats said Monday that the federal ethics commissioner, Mario Dion, is looking into the events, after they requested he do so last week.

The SNC-Lavalin issue dates back to 2015 when the federal government laid corruption charges against the Quebec based company.

Since these allegations came out last week, Justin Trudeau has claimed that he never directed Wilson-Raybould in any way to come to any specific conclusion on the SNC-Lavalin case but that he welcomes the ethics commission investigation so that Canadians can maintain their confidence in the government.

SNC-Lavalin was charged with paying out $48 million in bribes to Libyan officials in the decade leading up to the NATO-led overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's government in 2011, payments meant to influence government decision-making, though the company was also charged with defrauding Libyan companies of about $130 million.


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