Independent Member of Parliament Jane Philpott says the prime minister kicked her and Judy Wilson-Raybould out of the Liberal caucus without it voting on the matter. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press/file)

Trudeau ejected her illegally, says politician

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After seven weeks of headlines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not been able to put the SNC-Lavalin controversy behind him. Today, former cabinet minister Jane Philpott accused Trudeau of violating the law by kicking her and former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould out of the Liberal caucus. “Caucus” refers to all members of a particular party who sit in Parliament.

Philpott is asking the speaker to declare their parliamentary privileges were violated based on a set of amendments to the Parliament of Canada Act that were passed in 2015. These amendments require a majority vote of the caucus in order to expel a member. Philpott contends no vote was held before Trudeau ejected them saying the caucus did not trust them anymore. Trudeau responded saying “The will of caucus was very clear but I made the decision.”

The SNC-Lavalin controversy has gone on for seven weeks and counting. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Taped conversation criticized by caucus members

Several caucus members complained they had lost confidence in Wilson-Raybould after she revealed she had taped a conversation with the head of the civil service without informing him. The conversation revolved around the SNC-Lavalin case.

Wilson-Raybould said in February 2019 that she was inappropriately pressured by the prime minister and other officials to reconsider a decision to prosecute the engineering firm on fraud and bribery charges. Alternatively, prosecutors could negotiate a remediation agreement involving financial reparations and a promise to adopt corrective measures .

Both she and Philpott resigned from Cabinet over the matter. They continue to speak out on this issue as do opposition leaders and parties.

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One comment on “Trudeau ejected her illegally, says politician
  1. Avatar Jose Padilla says:

    The trial of Jesus before Pontius Pilate became manifestly political. The real reason was that the Pharisees hated Jesus to death. What is happening before our eyes about the SNC-Lavalin affair has exactly the same meaning. Something very particular has become public and a political affair for the same reason. Basically, we all have fellen into the trap of those who hide their hatred very well and in this way we have become their accomplices. The condition of the heart have not changed two thousand years later.