"With a heavy heart, I am writing to tender my resignation as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence", the letter begins.
Wilson-Raybould announced her resignation in a tweet.
When speaking with reporters yesterday, Trudeau indicated that Wilson-Raybould would not be commenting on the SNC Lavalin matter because she is bound by solicitor-client privilege as well as cabinet confidentiality. "This work must and will carry on".
Wilson-Raybould's resignation comes amid allegations Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or one of his aides pressured her to arrange a deal to help Quebec corporate giant SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution for alleged bribery pertaining to government contracts in Libya.
Wilson-Raybould, 47, appointed justice minister when Trudeau's Liberals came to power in November 2015, is one of the most prominent aboriginal politicians in federal politics.
While the Prime Minister has faced many questions during the past five days over his decision to remove Wilson-Raybould from her role as AG, he has repeatedly said he did not "direct" her to make any decision and, just yesterday, the PM said that her position in cabinet "should actually speak for itself".
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Since solicitor-client privilege is a right that belongs to the lawyer's client, the client may consent to confidential information being disclosed.
Jody Wilson-Raybould made her resignation letter public on February 12, 2019.
"Our government did its job properly and according to all the rules and if someone felt that we did not - someone within the government, a minister, or particularly the attorney general - then it was her responsibility to come directly to me and highlight that", he said.
"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".
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Monday, he said in Vancouver that he'd told Wilson-Raybould that any decision on the subject was hers alone.
She responded by quitting cabinet.
Sheila North, the former grand chief of the northern Manitoba chiefs' organization Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, said the government has lost a valued, well-regarded member of the Indigenous community.
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".
He said he's "concerned about the many unanswered questions" surrounding Wilson-Raybould's resignation and added that this is "echoed by many First Nations across the country".
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