Trudeau to shuffle cabinet after vacancy left by Wilson-Raybould

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 20 2019

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 20 2019

Wilson-Raybould told the committee's MPs that over a four-month period in late 2018 she was pressured by finance minister Bill Morneau and his staff, Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, senior aides in the Prime Minister's Office including former principal secretary Gerald Butts and chief of staff Katie Telford, and even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a cabinet shuffle at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, March 1, 2019.

A small number of ministers will change roles, the source said, primarily so that the Department of Veterans Affairs will have a dedicated minister again.

Wilson-Raybould testified on Wednesday that when she was justice minister a year ago, officials in the Liberal government leaned on her to help construction firm SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a corruption trial. On Wednesday, Wilson-Raybould testified before the House of Commons Justice Committee that, as the former attorney general, she faced a sustained effort for months by almost a dozen government officials pressuring her to intervene in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, a Quebec construction and engineering giant.

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When asked by Conservative MP Lisa Raitt whether she thought she was removed as attorney general because she "spoke truth to power", Wilson-Raybould said she was "concerned" that was the case.

Trudeau has denied acting inappropriately and said he "completely" disagrees with Wilson-Raybould's "characterization" of events.

In her bombshell testimony, she said she stepped down because she no longer had confidence to sit at the cabinet table.

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