Jody Wilson-Raybould, booted from Liberals amid SNC-Lavalin scandal, is re-elected
Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former Liberal cabinet minister whose resignation triggered months of scandal for the Trudeau government, was reelected in her riding of Vancouver Granville in Monday's federal election.
Wilson-Raybould, running as an Independent, won a tight three way race, edging out her Liberal and New Democrat competition.
Jody Wilson-Raybould was kicked out of the Liberal caucus after blowing the whistle on Trudeau's SNC-Lavalin scandal. She just became the first independent in a decade to win a seat in Parliament. #elxn43 pic.twitter.com/wvok2h2HID— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) October 22, 2019
Her win is a major vindication, following a year where Wilson-Raybould was booted out of the Liberal caucus by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Of all the results on the TV tonight seeing 1 IND seat by Jody Wilson-Raybould is very pleasing. Get the message Trudeau. #elx43— Cameron Cline (@camcline) October 22, 2019
Trudeau was later found to have broken the federal Conflict of Interest Act for pressuring her to give a favourable legal agreement to a Quebec construction firm that would help it avoid a criminal trial.
In February, Trudeau apologized to Wilson-Raybould after unnamed Liberal sources attacked her personally through the news media.
#ElectionDay in Canada! Each and every time I get to vote in an election I always feel proud to be part of our democracy — we all have a role to play. 🗳🇨🇦#CanadaElection2019 #elxn43 #VanGran pic.twitter.com/76B0pZKJ9z— Jody Wilson-Raybould 王州迪 Vancouver Granville (@Puglaas) October 21, 2019
Elected as a star Liberal candidate in 2015, Wilson-Raybould was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney general of Canada in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet.
She served in that post until January 2019, when she was moved to the Veterans Affairs portfolio.
Congrats to Jody Wilson-Raybould! I’m pretty sure the last Indigenous independent MP that was voted into Parliament was Louis Riel! Integrity and truth-telling keeps good company.— Kar Harvey (@holysmoookes) October 22, 2019
Wilson-Raybould resigned from Trudeau's cabinet in February, after objecting to pressure Trudeau and members of his senior staff put on her to enact a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) in an ongoing legal case involving embattled Quebec construction firm SNC-Lavalin.
SNC faces fraud, bribery and corruption charges over payments made to the Libyan regime led by Muammar Gaddafi. The DPA would have allowed the firm to avoid a criminal trial and instead pay fines and be subject to other oversight for the alleged crimes.
Jody Wilson-Raybould is on stage and thanking her supporters. She says she is overjoyed and humbled to become the independent elected candidate for #VancouverGranville . #elxn43 #cndpoli #ctvnews pic.twitter.com/9p5GeKYG1f— Melanie Nagy (@MelanieNagyCTV) October 22, 2019
Trudeau booted Wilson-Raybould from the Liberal caucus in April, but the Parliament of Canada's Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found that he violated section 9 of the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring her.
When they were first reported in the Globe and Mail, Trudeau initially claimed the allegations that he had pressured Wilson-Raybould were "false."
Following Dion's report, he acknowledged "things should have been done differently,” but refused to apologize and said he disagreed with the Commisioner's findings.
"Holy moly" she says.— Anita Bathe (@anitabathe) October 22, 2019
Jody Wilson-Raybould thanks her supporters and everyone cheers.
"An incredibly humbling moment and experience... Tonight is different. Tonight we accomplished showing Ottawa that independent strong voices matter." pic.twitter.com/WJaVqad9Kr
After Wilson-Raybould's resignation, another cabinet member, President of the Treasury Board Jane Philpott, resigned in protest of the government's handling of the issue.
Philpott, who was also kicked out of the Liberal caucus, ran as an Indepenent in Markham—Stouffville.
Both women campaigned with each other in their ridings.
Philpott was not so lucky, and lost her reelection bid.
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