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Canadian Treasury Board Secretary Jane Philpott Resigns Over Scandal

06 March, 2019, 21:48 | Author: Taylor George
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True, but the new facts and arguments senior Liberals threw at Wilson-Raybould for four months previous year after she told them she had made up her mind all seemed to be political arguments and threats against her keeping her cabinet post - not new legal arguments.

It's damaging that Treasury Board President Jane Philpott became the second minister in two weeks to resign from the Trudeau cabinet.

Mrs Philpott expressed unhappiness about the government's response to allegations that officials inappropriately pressured former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould a year ago to help major construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a corruption trial.

In her resignation letter, the Ontario MP explained "The solemn principles at stake are the independence and integrity of our justice system".

"Sadly, I have lost confidence in how the government has dealt with this matter and in how it has responded to the issues raised", she wrote.

Long also said it was "particularly troubling" Philpott's resignation letter noted that while there is a cost to acting on principles, "there is a bigger cost to abandoning them".

Quebec just also happens to be a province identified by Trudeau's Liberal Party as being crucial to gain votes in order to hold on to power, in what polls suggest will be a hard-fought election scheduled for October.

"I am deeply troubled by the fact that Ms. Philpott felt the need to resign as a result of our government's handling of this matter", he said in the release. And he said her decision to resign was not a surprise. As attorney general, Wilson-Raybould would have been legally entitled to instruct the director of public prosecutions on how to deal with SNC-Lavalin.

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She added: "I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the attorney general of Canada in an inappropriate effort".

Former attorney general and justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned suddenly from Cabinet in February. For Philpott, there was no possible explanation Trudeau insiders could offer that would paint the prime minister and his government in a better light. For now, it's nearly like Wilson-Raybould is daring him to kick her out of caucus.

December - According to the Prime Minister's Office, Wilson-Raybould raises the remediation case with Gerald Butts, the prime minister's principal secretary, and he tells her to talk to Wernick, the Privy Council clerk. Wilson-Raybould testified under oath that nothing illegal had transpired in the multiple attempts to get her to bring in an outside expert to examine the DPA as an alternative to criminal action.

The differences between Trudeau and his former justice minister were first announced in February reports published by The Globe and Mail and picked up widely.

In the Canadian political system, party leaders are elected at formal conventions and can not be deposed by a simple vote of legislators, which means any move to push out Trudeau would take a long time.

It appears Trudeau has been waiting for Butts to do the heavy lifting of directly contradicting Wilson-Raybould's version of events before weighing in more fully himself. She was appointed to the powerful budget position in January.

The embattled federal Liberal government has suffered another serious blow following the resignation of its Treasury Board president.

If he were to kick the pair out of caucus, he risks having at least a few Liberal backbenchers join them in political exile. "Expect us to make correct decisions, stand for what is right and exit when values are compromised".

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