Wilson-Raybould resigns from Trudeau's cabinet amid SNC uproar

Ethics commissioner to probe Prime Minister's Office over SNC-Lavalin scandal

Her resignation comes amid ongoing questions into whether Trudeau or anyone in his office tried to pressure Wilson-Raybould abandon the prosecution of a case against SNC-Lavalin when she was justice minister and attorney general.

In recent days, Liberal operatives have attempted to smear Wilson-Raybould's performance even though she was widely seen as a credible and competent Minister throughout her tenure.

Trudeau denies the allegations but Dion has decided they're worth investigating. "She confirmed for me a conversation we had this Fall where i told her directly that any decisions on matters regarding public prosecutions were here own", said Justin Trudeau.

The ethics commissioner's office confirmed to the Post on Monday morning that commissioner Mario Dion has received a request for an investigation from NDP MPs Charlie Angus and Nathan Cullen, which pointed to possible violations of the Conflict of Interest Act. The Quebec company, which offers a range of services across engineering, procurement and construction, is facing bribery and fraud charges.

"We urge Mr. Trudeau's team to stop trying to discredit Ms. Wilson-Raybould and to commit to fully cooperate with the Ethic Commissioner's investigation".

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Speaking in Vancouver, the prime minister said he "welcomes" the probe into allegations of improper conduct by government officials.

Last week, Trudeau told reporters that the allegations in the Globe and Mail's story are false.

"The issue of solicitor-client privilege is not a simple one so I have asked our attorney general to provide me with advice on this matter", he said.

Last month, Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould out of the justice portfolio in a cabinet shuffle brought on by former minister Scott Brison's departure from politics, elevating David Lametti as her replacement.

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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