Jody Wilson-Raybould, who resigned from the Liberal cabinet Tuesday, has cited the privilege as the reason she can not speak publicly about discussions with the prime minister's inner circle on the fate of criminal charges against construction and engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.
In the federal cabinet, the justice minister also serves as attorney general, the chief law officer of the Crown. "I am in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in this matter, and as such have retained Honerable Thomas Albert Cromwell, CC as counsel", Wilson-Raybould wrote in the letter.
Conservatives and New Democrats on the justice committee joined forces to get an emergency meeting on Wednesday to consider a motion calling on nine high-ranking government officials to testify, including Wilson-Raybould herself.
However, most notably, nowhere in her resignation letter did she thank the Prime Minister.
Who is Jody Wilson-Raybould?.
In the 1980s, he went head-to-head with Trudeau's father, former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
Trudeau told reporters that Jody Wilson-Raybould had not raised any concerns with him about how Ottawa was handling the case of construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc, which is seeking to avoid a corruption trial because the executives accused of wrongdoing have left the company and it has overhauled ethics and compliance systems. The news comes only days after allegations that Wilson-Raybould was asked to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal charges at the request of the Prime Minister's Office. He has denied directing Wilson-Raybold to arrange such a deal.
Trudeau has lost a unique voice in cabinet, especially on issues that are keenly important to British Columbians, said Ginger Gosnell-Myers, an Indigenous rights researcher and a former Aboriginal relations manager for the City of Vancouver.
"I am aware that many Canadians wish for me to speak on matters that have been in the media over the last week".
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In an open letter Wilson-Raybould, Canada's first Indigenous Justice minister and Attorney General, said that she ran for office "with the goal of implementing a positive and progressive vision of change on behalf of all Canadians and a different way of doing politics".
Then he said she had reconfirmed a conversation the pair had last fall in which he told her that the final decision in any federal prosecution was hers alone.
"The current Liberal brand has been taking a beating on this portfolio", she said.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also called on the Liberals to support the committee's push to look into the allegations.
The federal ethics commissioner has now officially launched an investigation into the political interference controversy involving the Prime Minister's Office and Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.
"If Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government shut the justice committee's work down, it would send a unsafe signal to Canadians about the state of our democracy", Singh said in a statement.
Wilson-Raybould shepherded legislation to allow medical assistance in dying, prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression, and to legalize cannabis.
SNC-Lavalin faces charges of fraud and corruption in connection with almost $48 million in payments made to Libyan government officials between 2001 and 2011.