Second Minister Resigns from Justin Trudeau's Cabinet Amid Scandal

Second Minister Resigns from Justin Trudeau's Cabinet Amid Scandal

Second Minister Resigns from Justin Trudeau's Cabinet Amid Scandal

"That is not a fair commentary because it has nothing to do with friendship and everything to do with her (Philpott's) set of values and how she felt about standing there and toeing the cabinet line when she didn't believe a word that the prime minister was saying".

Philpott, considered a rising star of the Liberal party, said in a statement: "It grieves me to leave a portfolio where I was at work to deliver on an important mandate".

Trudeau named Carla Qualtrough, the minister of public services and procurement, as the acting president of the Treasury Board.

"Today, a senior member of his inner circle has come to the same conclusion", said Scheer, repeating his call for Trudeau to resign and for the RCMP to investigate. The Liberals use their House of Commons majority to defeat an opposition motion calling for a public inquiry into allegations the Prime Minister's Office pressured Wilson-Raybould.

"If [other] Liberal ministers stay silent, Canadians will have no choice but to conclude that the ethical rot that infects this government has consumed it entirely". "There will be more to say in the coming days and weeks as we continue to reflect on next steps". There has been some speculation in Liberal circles that Philpott might run for leader of the Ontario Liberal party.

Philpott's resignation is a refusal to join in and a message of solidarity with Wilson-Raybould.

Underscoring the highly charged atmosphere within the government, Wilson-Raybould told the Justice Committee that Wernick's comments reminded her of "the Saturday Night Massacre", a reference to US President Richard Nixon's firing of the US attorney-general and his deputy, because they balked at his demand they sack the special prosecutor into the Watergate crisis.

The pair's departure is a blow to Trudeau's brand.

Jane Philpott just gave Justin Trudeau a lesson in doing politics differently.

Both had been symbols of the Liberals' ability to recruit strong female candidates: Wilson-Raybould is a lawyer and former regional chief of the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations; Philpott is a family doctor with extensive experience overseas.

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Last week in testimony before the House of Commons' justice committee, Wilson-Raybould described 10 meetings, 10 conversations and a series of email exchanges in which Trudeau, his senior aides and others, in her view, improperly pressured her to cut a deal with the company. The company is a major economic force with about 9,000 employees in Canada and 50,000 worldwide. The firm and two of its subsidiaries face fraud and corruption charges in connection with about $36 million in bribes they are alleged to have offered to Libyan officials between 2001-11 to obtain contracts in the North African country.

September 4 - The prosecution service tells SNC-Lavalin it will not invite the firm to negotiate a remediation agreement.

Former Canadian Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould arrives to give her testimony about the SNC-LAVALIN affair before a justice committee hearing on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, February 27, 2019. If she succeeded in removing Robbie Burns, she would have been fired. She represented the government at the Assembly of First Nations and was a lead writer and thinker on virtually every Indigenous policy.

"The solemn principles at stake are the independence and integrity of our justice system", Philpott said.

This prompted her to ask the Prime Minister: "Are you politically interfering with my role as attorney general?"

February 7 - Citing unnamed sources, the Globe and Mail newspaper reports that Trudeau's aides attempted to press Wilson-Raybould, while attorney general, to intervene in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, and that exasperation with her lack of co-operation was one reason for shuffling her out of the justice portfolio.

Mr Trudeau said he was disappointed by the resignation, but understood it.

Philpott has been widely seen as one of Trudeau's most capable ministers.

Philpott was not only a strong voice for women but the first Indigenous services minister. Wilson-Raybould suggested she was demoted as retaliation for not succumbing to the pressure to merely fine the company rather than going to trial.

"That sort of adds to the controversy - that the Liberals aren't quite able to shake this, it reflects poorly on them", Wilson said. The Privy Council clerk also challenges Wilson-Raybould's assertion that solicitor-client privilege prevents her from responding to allegations. The liberals believe if they're going to get re-elected in 2019 they're going to need to win more electoral districts in Quebec than they now have.

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