Jane Philpott follows Jody Wilson-Raybould in quitting Trudeau cabinet

Second Minister Resigns from Justin Trudeau's Cabinet Amid Scandal

Second Minister Resigns from Justin Trudeau's Cabinet Amid Scandal

Trudeau's urge to stay close to home came one day after Treasury Board president Jane Philpott quit cabinet, saying she no longer had confidence in the government's handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair. I must abide by more core values, my ethical responsibilities, constitutional obligations.

"Unfortunately, the evidence of efforts by politicians and/or officials to pressure the former Attorney General to intervene in the criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin, and the evidence as to the content of those efforts have raised serious concerns for me", Ms Philpott wrote.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was dealt a fresh blow Monday when his budget minister resigned, the latest in a string of officials to quit amid allegations of government interference in a major fraud case.

She was moved to Treasury Board in mid-January in the same shuffle that saw Wilson-Raybould moved out of the justice portfolio into veterans affairs.

"Concerns of this nature must be taken seriously and I can ensure you that I am", said Trudeau, who did not specifically address Philpott's stated reasons for leaving.

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DPAs are applicable in cases where criminal actions brought against companies such as SNC-Lavalin were deemed likely to cause damage to employees, suppliers, and local communities.

You can bet Trudeau will now order all of his remaining cabinet ministers to offer their public support and confidence in him.

Wilson-Raybould said she had confronted Trudeau in September over what she said were persistent efforts by officials to help SNC-Lavalin evade trial on charges of bribing Libyan officials.

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He denies any impropriety but says his presence in the Prime Minister's Office has become a distraction.

The Canadian prime minister's Chief Secretary, Gerald Butts, also resigned last Monday amid the SNC-Lavalin controversy.

Well, it's 2019 now, and questions surrounding ethics and principles may just be what removes Trudeau from the prime minister's office.

Philpott was friends with Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was at the centre of the scandal and Trudeau says he wasn't surprised by her resignation. "Given this convention and the current circumstances, it is untenable for me", Philpott declared, "to continue to serve as a cabinet minister". Philpott was among the few Cabinet ministers to publicly side with her.

The committee is also scheduled to hear a second time from the top public servant, Michael Wernick, and the deputy minister of justice, Nathalie Drouin, both of whom figured prominently in former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould's explosive testimony last week. She says that was the argument he was making behind the scenes - go soft on this company, or else they'll leave Canada.

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

Two Liberal legislators voted with the opposition last week in a failed bid to launch a public inquiry, while a female Liberal member of parliament tweeted her support for Wilson-Raybould, adding the hash tag #IStandWithHer.

Trudeau's troubles began almost a month ago when The Globe and Mail, citing anonymous sources, said Trudeau and his aides had improperly pressured Wilson-Raybould to use a newly created law to work out a settlement for SNC-Lavalin that would have seen it pay a substantial fine to avoid a criminal conviction.

It could have been argued (and Trudeau-ites were arguing it) that on its own, Wilson-Raybould's testimony and resignation were survivable.

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