If Trudeau and his office were the ones pressuring the attorney general to drop charges against SNC-Lavalin, as has been alleged, and negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement with them (under a fresh new law the Trudeau government rammed through Parliament largely in secret just a few months earlier that was tailor made for the Montreal company) how was Wilson-Raybould supposed to go to him to air her grievance?
Wilson-Raybould will stay on as MP for Vancouver-Granville.
Shortly before her resignation announcement, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs issued an open letter to Trudeau demanding that he publicly condemn "the racist and sexist innuendo" that's circulated about Wilson-Raybould since her demotion, suggesting that she's hard to work with and not a team player.
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"If anyone found that was not the case, particularly the attorney general, it was their responsibility - her responsibility - to let me know about that, of course she said nothing of that to me last fall", Trudeau said. "And that's why I continue to be puzzled and obviously disappointed by her decision to step down from cabinet".
Her exit came less than 24 hours after Trudeau said he had "full confidence" in her and suggested she would have resigned from cabinet on principle if she had felt anyone had tried to improperly pressure her.
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"She's a fighter", he said. She held the post until mid-January when she was shuffled to veterans affairs. "I remain constantly, incessantly, vigilant in demanding that we honour the meaning of these important words, and that words translate into real, transformative action", she said. I only wish that I could have served you longer.
When speaking with reporters yesterday, Trudeau indicated that Wilson-Raybould would not be commenting on the SNC Lavalin matter because she is bound by solicitor-client privilege as well as cabinet confidentiality.
The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) accused the Trudeau government of racist and sexist overtones in a whisper campaign against her after she left Justice. "She quite naturally sees the system very differently and not necessarily as working in the best interests of everyone". Stephen Harper waived cabinet privilege during the Mike Duffy scandal and Paul Martin did the same during the Gomery inquiry into the federal sponsorship scandal. Nor did he give any insight or explanation into what conversations he and cabinet may have had generally around the SNC-Lavalin case. "If he can throw open the windows and clear it up in a month or six weeks, people will forget".
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. "It doesn't help them that Wilson-Raybould's father (influential First Nations leader Bill Wilson) is calling them out on that failure". Federal byelections will be held on February 25 in three vacant ridings - Burnaby South, where NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is hoping to win a seat in the House of Commons, the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe and Montreal's Outremont.
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".