February 28, 2019 9:23 pm
Updated: March 1, 2019 12:20 pm

Justin Trudeau to announce minor cabinet shuffle on Friday

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Justin Trudeau is expected to announce a small cabinet shuffle Friday morning following the resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould earlier this month, Global News has learned.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has served as interim veterans affairs minister since Wilson-Raybould stepped down on Feb. 12.

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She resigned from cabinet in the wake of a Globe and Mail report that said she faced pressure to interfere in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin during her time as attorney general and justice minister.

Wilson-Raybould remains in Liberal caucus following her bombshell testimony at the House of Commons justice committee on Wednesday, her first time speaking publicly on the case.

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She said she faced pressure from 11 people, including the prime minister and his staff, to intervene after SNC-Lavalin was not offered a deal to avoid a criminal trial.

“For a period of approximately four months, between September and December of 2018, I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere … in an inappropriate effort to secure a deferred prosecution agreement with SNC-Lavalin,” she said.

The company is facing fraud and corruption charges related to its past operations in Libya.

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Following Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called on Trudeau to resign.

The prime minister has denied that he or members of his staff acted inappropriately in their discussions on SNC-Lavalin. ​

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