The former Canadian justice minister has stepped down from Justin Trudeau's office amid allegations that the prime minister's office would lobby to avoid pursuing a major Canadian engineering company.
The Minister of Veterans Affairs, Jody Wilson-Raybould, issued a letter announcing his resignation. She had been relegated from the post of justice minister last month.
Wilson-Raybould, who gave no reason for his resignation, said in a letter to Trudeau that he left "with a heavy heart", adding: "I am aware that many Canadians want you to talk about topics that They were in the media last week. "
The Globe and Mail reported that people in Trudeau's office tried to pressure Wilson-Raybould last year to help the construction company SNC-Lavalin Group avoided a corruption trial when he was Minister of Justice.
Wilson-Raybould, who the Globe and Mail said he ignored the pressure, was downgraded by the justice ministry last month. On Monday, Trudeau said she had complete confidence in her and that her presence in her cabinet spoke on her own.
Trudeau's office said the prime minister would stick to plans announced earlier to speak to journalists on Tuesday in Winnipeg.
The resignation is the second blow for Trudeau in two days on the deal. Mario Dion, the independent commissioner for Canadian ethics, said Monday that he was investigating allegations of possible malfeasance by senior officials.
In a suggestion that the situation could become more complicated for Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould retained the former Supreme Court Judge Thomas Cromwell to advise her on what she can say about the SNC-Lavalin case. Cromwell has refused an interview request
"This is a bigger problem for the government than anything else has come up until now," said Richard Johnston, a professor at the University of British Columbia and an expert in opinion public and elections.
Opinion polls show that Trudeau's liberals have a subtle advantage over the conservatives of the official opposition ahead of the elections set for this October.
"Trudeau's ethical errors and his disastrous handling of this latest scandal have thrown his government into chaos" The Conservative Leader, Andrew Scheer, stated in a statement
Wilson-Raybould, 47, appointed Justice Minister when Trudeau's liberals came to power in November 2015, is one of the most important indigenous politicians in federal politics.
This article contains material from Reuters and Associated Press