Commons committee to weigh probe of SNC-Lavalin allegations

Trudeau government to block probe into SNC-Lavalin Scandal

"The motion simply was you'll go to veterans affairs, It's lower on the totem pole so to speak, but the other thing was that you know there was a struggle to over where he would put the new rights portfolio and Jody rightfully wanted it in the Attorney General's office, Trudeau made a decision to give it to Carolyn Bennett, and it's died now, nothing's happened since that took place", said Wilson-Raybould's father.

"Her treatment, it disgusts me, nobody should be treated this way, and especially somebody who is a representative, whether she wants to be or not, of aboriginal people being treated and kicked in the face the way we always have been by his father, now by him and by the conservatives and all of the other governments", said Bill Wilson.

That glaring omission, plus the prime minister's terse statement announcing Wilson-Raybould's resignation, which did not include the traditional thanks for her service, re-enforces the feeling that there is a huge rift between the PM and his minister.

The simple way to handle this would be for our feminist, indigenous-empowering prime minister to stop keeping the country's first indigenous attorney general under his thumb.

Three years ago, when Trudeau appointed Wilson-Raybould to the AG's role, he boasted about the gender parity in his cabinet, saying: "Because it's 2015".

"I am in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in this matter", she said, adding that she retained a retired Supreme Court justice as legal counsel.

Wilson-Raybould was the epitome of Brand Trudeau-the daughter of a First Nations politician, she was a lawyer whose sterling career as Crown Prosecutor and Regional Chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations paved the way to her becoming justice minister.

Tourism and Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly takes the stage at a mid-morning event hosted by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Québec, where she will, as per the notice from her office, "focus on the upcoming federal tourism strategy and how to unlock the full potential of tourism in Canada, including in Québec".

Canada's former justice minister has quit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet amid allegations Trudeau's office pressured her to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering firm.

The fact that he won't is telling.

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called on the Liberals to support a push at the House of Commons justice committee to look into the allegations that appear to have led to Wilson-Raybould's resignation. "All we have to go on is his word".

Mr Trudeau has said he welcomes the examination. But he agrees there should be more clarity.

So with the government's legitimacy swaying in the balance, the whole country is waiting for Wilson-Raybould to finally tell her side of the story.

For most of this week Conservatives have been musing that the Liberals will simply block the attempts to get to the bottom of this.

Until Wilson-Raybould's demotion and resignation, the Liberals had done a good job of selling themselves as a "sunny ways party", he opined.

With so many employees around the world, including thousands in Canada, the company is considered by some to be vital to the economy.

The Montreal-based firm is facing accusations that its former executives paid millions of dollars in bribes to win contracts in Libya under Muammar Gaddafi's rule, which collapsed in 2011.

But there is one fly in the ointment.

SNC-Lavalin has declined to comment on any of the reports.

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