OTTAWA – Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has resigned from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.
This comes amid ongoing questions about into whether Trudeau or anyone in his office tried to have Wilson-Raybould abandon the prosecution of a case against SNC-Lavalin when she was justice minister and attorney general.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called an emergency cabinet meeting for Tuesday morning, though most ministers are in their ridings or fanned out across the country, so many will be teleconferencing in and not all together around the cabinet table in Ottawa.
Brihard said:Just breaking now- Jody Wilson-Raybould has resigned from cabinet. This is about to get very interesting...
Good catch -- here's her letter (source).Brihard said:She has also retained counsel for advice on what she can and can talk about, so it looks like she intends to once her ducks are in a row. The lawyer's no slouch, either- eight years as a Supreme Court justice. Get your popcorn out, kids.
Brihard said:She has also retained counsel for advice on what she can and can talk about, so it looks like she intends to once her ducks are in a row. The lawyer's no slouch, either- eight years as a Supreme Court justice. Get your popcorn out, kids.
:rofl: :rofl:Cloud Cover said:
Cloud Cover said:
:nod:Navy_Pete said:I hear it's a good sign when your former lawyer gets a heavy hitting lawyer for advice on what to do with you.... op: op: op:
I agree with your read on her calculus, but I'd be very surprised to see her move to Team Blue. I've been wrong before, but I don't see her aching for that end of the political spectrum. Also, if it's true that she's willing to speak the truth to Team Red power, that wouldn't necessarily change much working for Team Blue.Brihard said:... show that she still possesses enough discretion and good sense to be very valuable to the CPC. She's not going to burn down the house on the way out because that impacts the CPC's risk calculation if they bring her onboard ...
"She confirmed for me a conversation we had this fall, where I told her directly that any decisions on matters involving the director of public prosecutions were hers alone," Trudeau said Monday.
"I respect her view that, due to privilege, she can't comment or add on matters recently before the media. I also highlight that we're bound by cabinet confidentiality. In our system of governance, her presence in cabinet should speak for itself."
Cloud Cover said:
For as long as said presence lasted, anyway. #StrawThatBrokeTheCamelsBack?Rifleman62 said:Then the really ill timed - "In our system of governance, her presence in cabinet should speak for itself."
milnews.ca said:I agree with your read on her calculus, but I'd be very surprised to see her move to Team Blue. I've been wrong before, but I don't see her aching for that end of the political spectrum. Also, if it's true that she's willing to speak the truth to Team Red power, that wouldn't necessarily change much working for Team Blue.
On the bit in yellow, I keep forgetting we're talking about Homo Politicus no matter what party they're in, so future positioning is a factor.Brihard said:... she might see crossing as a necessity, in the interest of her own future, and in the interest of getting a First Nations voice solidly and prominently into the CPC.
The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition today called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to preserve all documents relating to the ongoing SNC-Lavalin Affair after the cabinet resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould.
In a letter sent to Trudeau this afternoon, Scheer called on him to ensure all documents including “memos, letters, emails, pins, SMS messages, and handwritten notes” pertaining to the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin be preserved amidst the pending cabinet shuffle to replace Ms. Wilson-Raybould.
The request applies to records held by former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould, Attorney General David Lametti, and senior Prime Minister’s Office officials including, but not limited to, Katie Telford, Gerald Butts, Mathieu Bouchard, and Elder Marques.
“With Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet, and a cabinet shuffle imminent, it’s absolutely imperative that Mr. Trudeau ensure the preservation of these records,” Scheer said. “Canadians deserve to know the truth around what happened and these records must be preserved.”
Scheer also said Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s resignation is a sign of a government in disarray.
“Mr. Trudeau’s ethical lapses and his disastrous handling of this latest scandal have thrown his government into chaos,” Scheer said. “He promised Canadians open and transparent government and he has betrayed that promise. Canadians deserve better.”
Click here to view the letter.
Cloud Cover said:I would still wager that with all of this, the 2019 election is still for JT to lose, not for the CPC to win. She could move to an independent status, in fact she probably should, just to twist the knife a little more.