Bill Kelly: SNC-Lavalin affair has Justin Trudeau on defence again

Ethics commissioner to probe Prime Minister's Office over SNC-Lavalin scandal

Trudeau government faces ethics probe over SNC-Lavalin fraud case

Jody Wilson-Raybould has submitted her resignation from the Trudeau cabinet in the midst of allegations that the Prime MInister's Office tried to pressure the former justice minister to abandon a corruption and fraud prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, sources say.

The commissioner is limited from saying much else until the examination is complete, but the statement does confirm this is in regards to the allegations in the Globe and Mail that the PMO attempted to pressure the now-former justice minister to cut a deal with SNC-Lavalin in order to drop criminal charges against the company.

Wilson-Raybould also said she will continue serving as the member of parliament for Vancouver-Granville. "I only wish that I could have served you longer", she writes.

"Were bound by cabinet confidentiality...."

During a tour of the Conrad rental housing development in Vancouver, Justin Trudeau addressed the political interference allegations surrounding the Prime Minister's Office and SNC-Lavalin.

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Wilson-Raybould has refused to comment on the allegation since it surfaced last Thursday, citing solicitor-client privilege.

In a letter to NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus and his colleague B.C. NDP MP Nathan Cullen, Dion said he would investigate the prime minister personally for a possible contravention of Section 9 of the Conflict of Interest Act. On Sunday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer wrote to Trudeau to demand that he waive that privilege and allow Wilson-Raybould to speak openly.

"I respect her view that due to privilege she can not comment or add on matters recently before the media", Trudeau said at the time.

Trudeau wouldn't commit to that on Monday, and instead told reporters he has asked his new attorney general, David Lametti, to review that option and report back. He also said at that time that he still had "full confidence" in Wilson-Raybould.

Ms Wilson-Raybould was shuffled out of the justice portfolio last month and into veteran's affairs, a move widely seen as a demotion.

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