Foreign Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould leaves the federal cabinet a few days after the charges became public and the Prime Minister's Office pressured the former Justice Minister to help SNC Lavalina avoid prosecution.
In a letter posted on his website on Tuesday (the screenshot below), Wilson-Raybould says he has hired former Supreme Court judge Thompson Cromwell to tell her what he can say about "issues that were in the media last week."
Wilson-Raybould's letter does not say exactly why he gives up. He says he will continue to serve as a racing MP in Vancouver-Granville.
Globe and Mail newspapers reported last week that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or his staff had been forced to agree with SNC Laval, the engineering and construction giant from Montreal, which would allow her to avoid prosecuting allegations of corruption and bribery in relation to her Efforts to win government contracts in Libya.
Since then Trudeau has denied doing something like that. On Monday, in Vancouver, he said to Wilson-Raybond that every decision about the subject was herself.
Trudeau also said he had "a lot of confidence" in Wilson-Raybould and suggested that he would normally resign from the cabinet if he felt someone was improperly pressed.
"In our state system, of course, its presence in the cabinet should actually speak for itself," he said after the announcement of housing, which Wilson-Raybould did not attend, as opposed to several fellow Liberals from the city.
Last month, Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould from the justice portfolio to retire a cabinet that was brought by former Minister Scott Brison leaving politics, elevating David Lametti as a replacement. Wilson-Raybould moved to winemaking questions.
In his letter the lawyer says that her decision "in no way reflects" the veterans, their families or their ministry. "I just want to be able to serve you longer," she says.
"When I was looking for federal elected office, it was with the goal of implementing a positive and progressive vision of change for all Canadians and a different mode of work," the letter writes. "My resignation as minister of the crown does not in any way change my determination to see that fundamental change accomplished. This work must continue to continue.
She thanks her staff, officials and Canadians who supported her while in government.
"Regardless of origin, geography or party affiliation, we must stand together at the values that Canada is building and which are the foundation of our future," she writes.