Trudeau says he's surprised, puzzled by Wilson-Raybould's resignation
Feb 14, 2019, 00:33
The Globe and Mail reported that people in Trudeau's office tried to pressure Wilson-Raybould a year ago to help construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a corruption trial when she was justice minister.
Wilson-Raybould has not spoken out about the allegations the PMO pressured her to stop the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.
"Her treatment, it disgusts me, nobody should be treated this way, and especially somebody who is a representative, whether she wants to be or not, of aboriginal people being treated and kicked in the face the way we always have been by his father, now by him and by the conservatives and all of the other governments", said Bill Wilson.
Wilson-Raybould also disclosed that she has hired former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Albert Cromwell to advise her on what she is "legally permitted" to discuss.
Wilson-Raybould is one of very few cabinet ministers who has experienced colonialism, she said.
"First Nations people appreciate what Jody Wilson-Raybould has done, taking a stand on principle", she said.
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The PM's office also urged Wilson-Raybould to redirect the matter out of the courts and into the so-called "remediation agreement" which would be an alternative to a criminal trial.
And on Monday the independent ethics commissioner launched an investigation - the second into a prime minister first elected in 2015 on a promise to clean up corruption, and with only eight months before the next ballot.
In a similar fashion, the Director of Public Prosecutions Act gives the attorney general, a politician, the power to override the decisions of federal prosecutors.
Since then, the relationship between Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould has been headed for the rocks.
According to the government, the attorney general provides legal services to the government and its departments and agencies with an eye to protecting the overall interests of the administration. Many were puzzled by the fact that the Prime Minister never clearly explained what she had done to deserve the demotion.
I've asked our current minister of justice and attorney general to make recommendations to me on the question of solicitor-client privilege.
Wilson-Raybould's resignation could not possibly be unfolding in a manner more damaging to the election-year aspirations of Justin Trudeau, whose ways, in recent days, seem to have taken a deliberate turn from sunny to murky.
On Wednesday the justice committee will meet and consider a request by the Conservatives and NDP to call Wilson-Raybould and some of Trudeau's most senior advisors.
"If Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government shut the justice committee's work down, it would send a unsafe signal to Canadians about the state of our democracy".
The union attributed these anonymous, "cowardly" attempts to discredit Wilson-Raybould to Trudeau's staff and said they "perpetuate colonial-era, sexist stereotypes that Indigenous women can not be powerful, forthright and steadfast in positions of power".
"MKO sees the resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould as a significant step backwards in our longstanding efforts to advance reconciliation between the MKO Treaty Nations and Canada".
He said he's "concerned about the many unanswered questions" surrounding Wilson-Raybould's resignation and added that this is "echoed by many First Nations across the country".
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