Canadian minister Wilson-Raybould steps down; Trudeau’s situation in chaos

Canadian former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from Justin Trudeau’s cabinet amid new report that she was pressured by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office to intervene in a legal case involving construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. just months ahead of an election. She was then justice minister.

Last month Wilson-Raybould was moved from justice ministry to veteran affairs.

She announced her stepping down on her website without giving any reason for it.

Two days before Canadian independent ethics commissioner Mario Dion stepped down saying he was probing allegations of possible wrongdoing by senior officials.

With the second blow it is said the situation could become more complicated for the PM and Wilson-Raybould meanwhile has retained former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her how much to talk about SNC-Lavalin case.

Canada is going into polls in October and opinion polls reveal Trudeau’s Liberals to have a slender lead over opposition Conservatives.

University of British Columbia professor Richard Johnston said, “This is bigger trouble for the government than almost anything else that has come along so far.”

Canada is going into polls in October and opinion polls reveal Trudeau’s Liberals to have a slender lead over opposition Conservatives.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said ethical lapses and latest scandal have thrown Trudeau’s government into chaos.

Wilson-Raybould was appointed justice minister in November 2015 when Trudeau’s Liberals came to power.

Paul Linus