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Her decision followed a bombshell Globe and Mail report last week, that cited confidential sources, alleging the prime minister's office tried to pressure her to interfere in the corruption case against the Quebec engineering and construction giant.

Newly appointed Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould poses for a photo with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during Trudeau's cabinet shuffle in Ottawa on January 14.

Wilson-Raybould is one of very few cabinet ministers who has experienced colonialism, she said.

And he reiterated that Wilson-Raybould was right in maintaining her silence due to the client-attorney privilege: "I respect her view that, due to privilege, she can't comment or add on matters recently before the media". She did not. Nobody did.

Scheer called on Trudeau to waive solicitor-client privilege to allow Wilson-Raybould to speak freely on the matter.

The resignation letter on Jody Wilson-Raybould's site.

The union attributed these anonymous, "cowardly" attempts to discredit Wilson-Raybould to Trudeau's staff and said they "perpetuate colonial-era, sexist stereotypes that Indigenous women can not be powerful, forthright and steadfast in positions of power".

Trudeau repeatedly pointed to private conversations he had with Wilson-Raybould to explain why he's surprised by her decision.

Jody Wilson-Raybould has resigned as the country's Veterans Affairs Minister. "But no one here is in a position to know everything that has happened behind closed doors in the last number of months", Adlington said.

Jody Wilson-Raybould announced her resignation from cabinet on Tuesday.

Her commitment to these principles remains unchanged, she said in a statement, "This work must and will carry on".

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".

Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet.

"I'm sorry to see any colleague leave cabinet", said Goodale, federal minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, before referring any further comment to a statement expected from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later Tuesday afternoon.

Trudeau was elected four years ago with a progressive platform that included a promise to build a new nation-to-nation relationship between the government and Indigenous peoples.

Wilson-Raybould also disclosed that she has hired former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Albert Cromwell to advise her on what she is "legally permitted" to discuss.

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Garrison Settee offered a more pointed rebuke, equating the government's treatment of Wilson-Raybould to "character assassination". "I remain constantly, incessantly, vigilant in demanding that we honour the meaning of these important words, and that words translate into real, transformative action", she said.

On Monday, the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, agreed to a request from New Democrats to begin an investigation into the attempts by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his office to provide SNC-Lavalin with a reduced punishment stemming from serious corruption charges.

Liberal MP and justice committee chair Anthony Housefather told CBC's Power and Politics that he is "in favour" of studying the allegations.

MacKay said that the mounting pressure on the Trudeau Liberals is unlikely to dissipate with a trip to the polls slated for the fall.