Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould poses for a photo with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during Trudeau's cabinet shuffle, in Ottawa.
Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould quit on Tuesday amid news reports that she was pressured to go easy on a major firm a year ago when she was justice minister, a development that deepened a political crisis for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just months ahead of an election.
Scheer said he also sent a letter to Trudeau calling on him to preserve all the documents related to the SNC-Lavalin prosecution.
Recent statements from unnamed Liberal party insiders to the Canadian Press criticizing Wilson-Raybould's character have prompted backlash from all corners.
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.
Her resignation also comes less than one month after Wilson-Raybould was changed from Attorney General to Minister of Veteran Affairs.
She has refused to comment on the allegations citing solicitor-client privilege.
She said the decision was made with a "heavy heart" and will remain on a MP.
"The current Liberal brand has been taking a beating on this portfolio", she said.
Interestingly enough, precedent for such a decision already exists amongst past Canadian Prime Ministers.
Trudeau was scheduled to take questions from the media later Tuesday after an event in Winnipeg.
"Yesterday, he said that her presence (in cabinet) speaks for itself".
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In a brief statement, Cameron Ahmad, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Trudeau, said Wilson-Raybould tendered her resignation when she and Trudeau spoke last night. "Clearly, there is something more than he has been forthcoming with".
Speaking to reporters in Winnipeg, Trudeau said that he was "surprised and disappointed" by Wilson-Raybould's decision to step down.
Then he said she had reconfirmed a conversation the pair had last fall in which he told her that the final decision in any federal prosecution was hers alone. The allegations were that the engineering company offered bribes for work in Libya. Government officials have confirmed discussions took place but denied there was any pressure.
Since solicitor-client privilege is a right that belongs to the lawyer's client, the client may consent to confidential information being disclosed.
Wilson-Raybould hasn't spoken about those allegations, which could amount to obstruction of justice charges for someone in the PMO. The committee is scheduled to consider the motion on Wednesday.
"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", Singh said in a statement.
Liberals, who hold the majority on the committee, appear to be open to conducting an investigation.
The federal ethics commissioner has now officially launched an investigation into the political interference controversy involving the Prime Minister's Office and Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.
"Justin Trudeau must be transparent and we will continue to push his government to make sure Canadians receive the answers they deserve".
Sheila North, the former grand chief of the northern Manitoba chiefs' organization Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, said the government has lost a valued, well-regarded member of the Indigenous community.
Wilson-Raybould's father told Kapelos that this government is not making progress on reconciliation.
"It disgusts me", Wilson added.