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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.

Her win is a major vindication, following a year where Wilson-Raybould was booted out of the Liberal caucus by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trudeau also initially claimed Wilson-Raybould never brought her concerns that pressure put on her was inappropriate to him, something he later admitted she did do in September 2018.

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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