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The allegation is that someone in Trudeau's office pressured Wilson-Raybould to cut a deal and help SNC-Lavalin avoid bribery and corruption charges.

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

She said she was in the process of obtaining advice on what she she was legally permitted to discuss.

Wilson-Raybould, however, has chosen not to speak publicly on the allegations, saying she is protected by client privilege and cabinet confidentiality.

Her resignation also comes less than one month after Wilson-Raybould was changed from Attorney General to Minister of Veteran Affairs.

Wilson-Raybould also retweeted a video post from CBC's Power in Politics in which her father refers to her demotion from Attorney-General to Veterans Affairs as a "kick in the teeth by the Prime Minister".

It's purely speculative to suggest that any statements from Wilson-Raybould would inflame or deflate the controversy surrounding the SNC-Lavalin issue, but it has the government on the defensive again and that's never a good thing in an election year.

And on Monday the independent ethics commissioner launched an investigation - the second into a prime minister first elected in 2015 on a promise to clean up corruption, and with only eight months before the next ballot.

SNC-Lavalin lobbied the government, including senior officials in Mr Trudeau's office, for an out-of-court settlement that would include paying a fine and agreeing to put in place compliance measures.

Government insiders have said Wilson-Raybould was involved in internal discussions last fall about whether to instruct the director of public prosecutions to pursue remediation, as is allowed by law, but they've insisted those discussions were not tantamount to pressure.

Tuesday night support started to stream in on social media for Wilson Raybould, including from some of her Liberal colleagues.

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Despite the prime minister's words, Wilson-Raybould wasn't among the group of Vancouver-area MPs who joined him at a housing announcement in the city's east end.

The PM says nothing illegal happened; if so, he could fix this by letting his former attorney general speak.

The latest news out of Ottawa today is that Canada's former Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould has officially resigned amid the major SNC-Lavalin Scandal.

The prime minister defended his government's record on reconciliation in a warehouse of buses Tuesday after Indigenous leaders accused him of throwing one of his former ministers under one.

The Trudeau government passed a law previous year which allows for remediation agreements in cases of corporate corruption, wherein a company pays reparations but does not wind up with a criminal conviction that would bar it from bidding on government contracts, potentially throwing thousands of employees out of work.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says Wilson-Raybould's treatment by the federal Liberals will cost them First Nation support.

She responded by quitting cabinet.

Both leaders have public appearances scheduled later Tuesday - Trudeau in Winnipeg and Scheer in Fredericton.

Wilson-Raybould hasn't spoken about those allegations, which could amount to obstruction of justice charges for someone in the PMO.

Liberals, who hold the majority on the committee, appear to be open to conducting an investigation.

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