Newspaper article The Canadian Press

AFN National Chief Urges Action on Legislation in Wake of Wilson-Raybould's Exit

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

AFN National Chief Urges Action on Legislation in Wake of Wilson-Raybould's Exit

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Chief urges action after Wilson-Raybould exit

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OTTAWA - The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to press on with the process of reconciliation even after losing the lone Indigenous member of cabinet under a cloud of controversy.

Perry Bellegarde says in an interview today that First Nation people have questions about Jody Wilson-Raybould's sudden departure from cabinet this week -- days after allegations emerged that officials in Trudeau's office leaned on her to help SNC-Lavalin bypass criminal prosecution.

While there will a process to get answers for her departure through the House of Commons justice committee and ethics commissioner, Bellegarde says the Liberals must push critical pieces of legislation, including a recently tabled bill on Indigenous languages and a proposed bill on child welfare. …

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