Veteran Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould leaves the federal government a few days after the allegations become public. The presidency of the Prime Minister, under the pressure of a former Justice Minister, helped SNC-Lavalin prevent criminal prosecution.
In a letter published on her website on Tuesday (screenshot below), Wilson-Raybould says she hired former Supreme Court Judge Thomas Cromwell to tell her what she can say about "the issues that have been in the media for the past week."
Wilson-Raybould's letter does not say exactly why he leaves. He says he will continue to serve as a deputy for Vancouver-Granville.
Globe and Mail reported last week that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or his staff had pressured it with SNC-Lavalin, a montreal engineering and construction giant, to allow him to avoid prosecution for allegations of corruption and bribery related to obtaining government contracts in Libya.
Since then, Trudeau has denied that he has done such a thing. On Monday, he said in Vancouver that he told Wilson-Raybould that any decision on the matter was in itself.
Trudeau also said he had "full confidence" in Wilson-Raybould and suggested he would resign from the cabinet in principle if she felt someone was trying to push her improperly.
"In our government system, of course, her presence in the cabinet should actually speak for herself," he said according to the housing announcement – which Wilson-Raybould did not attend, as opposed to several liberals from the city.
Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould out of a cabin shuffle portfolio of justice last month, which brought former minister Scott Brison out of politics, and lifted David Lametti as his substitute. Wilson-Raybould moved to Veteran Affairs.
In her letter MP states that her decision "is by no means a reflection" of veterans, their families or their services. "I just wish I could serve you longer," he writes.
"When I was looking for a federal elected office, it was in order to realize a positive and progressive vision of change for the benefit of all Canadians and another way to do politics," he writes in a letter. "My resignation as crown minister will in no way alter my commitment to see this fundamental change achieved. This work must and will continue."
He thanks his staff, officials and the Canadians who supported her in the cabinet.
"Regardless of background, geography or political affiliation, we have to stand together for the values that Canada is built on and which are the basis of our future," he writes.