Canada's Opposition leader slams Justin Trudeau over resignation of former AG

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"To those of you who would think this way, I can tell you under the leadership of our Prime Minister and from the perspective in my seat, it is happening, but I also know that the potential of this moment will only be realized if you help advance it, fight for it, and are deeply involved and driving the change".

During his responses to media Tuesday Trudeau repeatedly referred to the former minister and First Nation leader by her first name.

Maybe Wilson-Raybould would finally be the one to uphold basic human rights and fairness for Indigenous people.

A Canadian minister's sudden resignation on Tuesday turned vague allegations of interference in the criminal prosecution of an engineering giant into a deepening political crisis for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals.

When asked by a reporter how the loss of the only Indigenous voice in cabinet will affect his government's decision making, Trudeau referred to results of the last election.

When pressed, he said, "the issues, the prime minister has made very clear, do not effect the independence of our judicial system". A conviction, in comparison, carries a 10-year ban on bidding on federal contracts.

Wilson-Raybould gave a speech to the Assembly of First Nations on the challenges and opportunities for reconciliation. Because if anyone, particularly the attorney general, felt that we were not doing our job fully, responsibly and according to all the rules, as a government, it was her responsibility to come forward to me this past fall and highlight that directly to me.

"She did not. Nobody did".

The matter has raised questions about whether the Trudeau government tried to influence the SNC-Lavalin prosecution in a way that was ethically or legally problematic.

"I am surprised and disappointed and to be honest don't entirely understand why Jody Wilson-Raybould made the decision she did", Trudeau said. This work must and will carry on. Her resignation letter implied a connection to the SNC-Lavalin case: to advise her on what she can say publicly about what transpired, she hired former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell as legal counsel.

I want to thank all Canadians, and in particular the residents of Vancouver-Granville, who put their trust in me and supported me as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

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Trudeau is scheduled to be in Winnipeg later today where he will face questions about Wilson-Raybould's resignation.

The Prime Minister's response so far has been incomplete and unconvincing.

Jody Wilson-Raybould has resigned as the country's Veterans Affairs Minister.

Losing her from cabinet means the government will have to fill the veterans affairs role.

How much of that perception was created because she was too honest and too blunt about the government's empty rhetoric on reconciliation?

Trudeau said he was "disappointed", with her decision to leave cabinet.

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

The matter isn't fated to lose any interest any time soon.

Liberal MP and justice committee chair Anthony Housefather told CBC's Power and Politics that he is "in favour" of studying the allegations.

"Mr. Trudeau's ethical lapses and his disastrous handling of this latest scandal have thrown his government into chaos", Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said in a statement. Instead he said it was for the Liberal-dominated committee to decide.

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