Read the full, annotated text of Jody Wilson-Raybould's resignation letter

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Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould released a letter Tuesday announcing her resignation.

But in a letter to the prime minister announcing her resignation on Tuesday, Ms Wilson-Raybould said that she is "aware that many Canadians wish for me to speak on matters that have been in the media over the last week".

"With a heavy heart, I am writing to tender my resignation as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence", the letter begins.

She thanks her staff, officials and Canadians who supported her while in cabinet.

Federal opposition parties have jumped at the allegations of political interference in this federal election year in Canada.

In her resignation letter, she said she has retained the services of lawyer Thomas Cromwell, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, to advise her on "topics that I am legally permitted to discuss on this matter".

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Last month Trudeau moved Wilson-Raybould out of the justice and attorney general portfolios and into veterans affairs, which many consider a demotion.

SNC-Lavalin has declined to comment on any of the reports. Wilson-Raybould never mentioned it, he said. For the time being at least, she remains a member of the Liberal caucus.

"Yesterday, he said that her presence (in cabinet) speaks for itself". On Monday, after meeting with Wilson-Raybould, Trudeau said she confirmed to him that he had specifically told her it was entirely up to her whether to prosecute the Montreal-based engineering giant. The NDP had asked Dion to look into the matter. "And at the end of the day, I abide by the long-standing principle that when acting as attorney general, I will apply my judicial mind to a decision, and not my political mind".

"It is important to remember that while the attorney general sits at a certain distance from his cabinet colleagues, in Canada - unlike in other countries - he does not work in isolation from them, or the important experiences or considerations that those colleagues bring to the table".

One of Trudeau's spokespeople says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will take over the veterans-affairs portfolio temporarily.

Responding to a letter from NDP MPs, Dion said he would investigate the prime minister personally for a possible contravention of Section 9 of the Conflict of Interest Act, which prohibits any official responsible for high-level decision-making in government from seeking to influence the decision of another person so as to "improperly further another person's private interests". The Quebec engineering company is facing corruption charges of bribery and fraud.

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