Trudeau says he's surprised and disappointed by Wilson-Raybould's resignation

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

"With a heavy heart, I am writing to tender my resignation", Wilson-Raybould wrote in a letter to the PM. The ethics investigation is the fifth one involving the Trudeau cabinet.

The allegation in the Globe story is that Trudeau's officials pressured Wilson-Raybould past year to make use of the power the law gave her and allow SNC-Lavalin to negotiate a plea bargain. "This work must and will carry on".

Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada's Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, has announced she is resigning from her position in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet.

Trudeau has denied Wilson-Raybould was pressured to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin rather than pursue a criminal trial on charges of corruption and bribery related to the company's efforts to secure government contracts in Libya.

In her letter to Trudeau, she stated "many Canadians wish for me to speak on matters that have been in the media" and revealed she had hired a top lawyer to advise her on how much she could say.

And on Monday, Trudeau said he welcomed news that federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion has initiated his own investigation into the matter, specifically whether there's been a violation of a Conflict of Interest Act provision which prohibits a public office holder from seeking to influence a decision so as to improperly further another person's private interests.

"All of this farce about reconciliation has been a dismal failure", Wilson said.

The Canadian Press quoted the sources as saying the minister, who is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation, had been "a thorn in the side of cabinet", "difficult to get along with", and "known to berate fellow cabinet members at the table".

Trudeau said that he's consulting with Canada's new Attorney General David Lametti on whether, and to what degree, he can waive attorney-client privilege and reveal details of his conversations with Wilson-Raybould on the SNC-Lavalin case.

However, most notably, nowhere in her resignation letter did she thank the Prime Minister.

"They perpetuate colonial-era, sexist stereotypes that Indigenous women can not be powerful, forthright, and steadfast in positions of power, but rather confrontational, meddling and egotistic".

"I am surprised and disappointed and to be honest don't entirely understand why Jody Wilson-Raybould made the decision she did", Trudeau said.

She responded by quitting cabinet.

A Canadian minister has resigned amid allegations she was pushed by government officials to ask for leniency for a firm facing fraud charges.

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".

She didn't, however. She stayed on and kept her mouth shut - until January when Trudeau booted her from the attorney general's post and shuffled her into the relatively minor veterans' affairs portfolio.

Garrison Settee, grand chief of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc., a group representing 30 First Nations in northern Manitoba, echoed that sentiment.

"It disgusts me", Wilson added.

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