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Wilson-Raybould shepherded legislation to allow medical assistance in dying, prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression, and to legalize cannabis.

Wilson's daughter, Jody Wilson-Raybould, was moved from her position as justice minister to lead veterans affairs in a surprise cabinet shuffle on January 14.

In any event, Trudeau says the fact that Wilson-Raybould is still a cabinet minister, having neither resigned nor been dismissed, speaks for itself. "This work must and will carry on".

Wilson-Raybould announced Tuesday she was resigning from cabinet, after sources alleged in The Globe and Mail that Trudeau's office pressured the then-justice minister to help a Quebec company avoid criminal prosecution.

However, he didn't explicitly deny that any pressure was put on Wilson-Raybould.

"This is an issue that has been much talked about over the last few days and I think it's extremely important that Canadians can continue to have confidence in our system".

Mario Dion, Canada's independent ethics commissioner, said on Monday he was probing allegations of possible wrongdoing by senior officials.

The Liberals have been backsliding on their commitment to reconciliation for some time and Wilson-Raybould's resignation is just the latest manifestation, said Sheryl Lightfoot, a professor of political science, and First Nations and Indigenous studies, at UBC.

I've asked our current minister of justice and attorney general to make recommendations to me on the question of solicitor-client privilege.

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"I'm sorry to see any colleague leave cabinet", said Goodale, federal minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, before referring any further comment to a statement expected from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later Tuesday afternoon.

"They perpetuate colonial-era, sexist stereotypes that Indigenous women can not be powerful, forthright, and steadfast in positions of power, but rather confrontational, meddling and egotistic".

Is it improper for the prime minister to make his political concerns known to the attorney general, a fellow politician and cabinet minister?

"When Jody was kicked in the teeth by the prime minister and shuffled down to veterans affairs. that was a clear slap in the face for all Indians in the country".

"For folks who are puzzled by Ms Raybould's, Wilson-Raybould's, decision to step down, they can add me to the list", he said.

"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.

Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said in a statement that he was "saddened" by Wilson-Raybould's departure, noting that many First Nations people celebrated her appointment to the justice portfolio as a "testament to her expertise, experience and intellect".

In her letter, Wilson-Raybould thanked her staff, officials and Canadians who supported her while in cabinet and concluded: "Regardless of background, geography, or party affiliation, we must stand together for the values that Canada is built on, and which are the foundation for our future".


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