It is notable that she chose to sign her resignation letter 'Puglaas' — her Indigenous name — which she didn’t do in her farewell letter as justice minister
1. Jody Wilson-Raybould was veterans minister for only 29 days after she was demoted from justice minister in a cabinet shuffle sparked by Scott Brison’s retirement last month.
2. The former minister thanks all Canadians, but she does not specifically thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose office is accused of pressuring her to abandon the prosecution of a case against SNC-Lavalin. By contrast, Brison’s resignation letter glowingly mentions Trudeau seven times.
3. Wilson-Raybould says a lot of thank-yous but at no point does she actually explain why she is resigning.
4. Due to her former role as attorney general, Wilson-Raybould says she can’t comment on the SNC-Lavalin accusations because she is “bound by solicitor-client privilege.” Some experts say Trudeau could waive that privilege if he were so inclined.
5. In her farewell letter after the cabinet shuffle in January, Wilson-Raybould wrote that one of the values she treasures is a justice system “free from even the perception of political interference.”
6. Puglaas is Wilson-Raybould’s Indigenous name. It was given to her as a child by her grandmother and means “a woman born to noble people.” It is notable that she chose to sign with that name, which she didn’t do in her farewell letter as justice minister.
Dear Prime Minister:
With a heavy heart, I am writing to tender my resignation as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.
I want to thank all Canadians, and in particular the residents of Vancouver-Granville, who put their trust in me and supported me as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. When I sought federal elected office, it was with the goal of implementing a positive and progressive vision of change on behalf of all Canadians and a different way of doing politics. My resignation as a Minister of the Crown in no way changes my commitment to seeing that fundamental change achieved. This work must and will carry on.
To Canada’s Veterans and their families: I have the deepest admiration and respect for you. This decision is in no way a reflection of my desire to see your service and sacrifice upheld and honoured. I only wish that I could have served you longer.
To my officials and ministerial staff: thank you for your hard work in the service of all Canadians. I am truly grateful for all that you have done and will continue to do.
I am aware that many Canadians wish for me to speak on matters that have been in the media over the last week. I am in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in this matter and as such, have retained the Honourable Thomas Albert Cromwell, CC as counsel.
Again, my thanks to all Canadians. 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.
I look forward to continuing to serve as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Granville.
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, PC, QC, MP
Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Granville