Canadian treasury board minister quits over SNC-Lavalin scandal

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Maybe Butts will offer evidence undermining Wilson-Raybould.

The prime minister said Monday his government both respected judicial independence and pushed to defend jobs, reiterating that he contemplated helping the firm avoid a trial on economic grounds. Philpott was among the few Cabinet ministers to publicly side with her.

Also booked for a spot on the party fundraising circuit tonight: Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who will join former Olympic kayaker turned Liberal hopeful Adam van Koeverden at a $1,000-a-head reception in downtown Toronto and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who, after another day spent trumpeting the potential benefits of the new North American free trade deal to Quebec workers, is set to team up with Quebec MP Brenda Shanahan to rally supporters in the Chateauguay region.

"He wouldn't allow the former Attorney General to speak freely, so we don't know her fully story".

February 11 - Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion says he's beginning an investigation.

Wilson-Raybould said last week she was convinced her refusal to help SNC-Lavalin was behind the demotion.

Philpott is the Liberals Member of Parliament for the Ontario constituency of Markham-Stouffville.

Both Wilson-Raybould and Philpott, who was a doctor before entering politics in 2015, were recruited by Trudeau to enter politics in the 2015 election.

May has seen the explosive testimony in the SNC Lavalin affair first-hand.

Four years ago, Montreal-based engineering company SNC-Lavalin was charged with fraud and bribery in relation to its dealings with the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

In other words, she had to be true to herself.

Trudeau denied any wrongdoing and refused to resign.

Cameras follow Jody Wilson Raybould as she waits to appear in front of the Justice committee in Ottawa
ASSOCIATED PRESSCameras follow Jody Wilson Raybould as she waits to appear in front of the Justice committee in Ottawa on Wednesday

"How much of what they did was under the Prime Minister's instruction and how much was them deciding they out to get this fixed for the Prime Minister", said May.

"Given this convention and the current circumstances, it is untenable for me to continue to serve as a cabinet minister", she wrote.

Wilson-Raybould took to Twitter to support Philpott's decision.

The first Cabinet officer was former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has accused Trudeau of secretly attempting to direct her handling of a high-level criminal prosecution.

He did say the case has "generated an important discussion" and he's been listening to the testimonies at the Commons' justice committee leaving it open that a line may have been crossed. Wilson-Raybould announced her resignation from federal cabinet on February 12. "I want to thank her for her service", he said.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has already called on Trudeau to step down amid the allegations. He says the prime minister has lost his moral authority to govern.

"To my surprise, the clerk started to make the case for the need to have a deferred prosecution agreement; "they will likely be moving to London if this happens",: Wernick is alleged to have said at a meeting with Wilson-Raybould and Trudeau in September 2018". Marie-Claude Bibeau replaces MacAulay as agriculture minister and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef takes on the additional portfolio of global development. Marie-Claude Bibeau, who until recently was minister of global development, is given the agriculture file. They have seemingly now settled on the storyline that, "Look, maybe there was pressure, but we were acting to save a leading Canadian business SNC-Lavalin".

A number of opinion polls indicate Mr Trudeau's popularity is slipping in the run-up to a general election scheduled for October.

March 4 - Philpott, one of Justin Trudeau's most trusted ministers, announces her resignation from cabinet.

"I have been considering the events that have shaken the federal government in recent weeks and after serious reflection, I have concluded that I must resign as a member of cabinet".

"I must abide by my core values, my ethical responsibilities and constitutional obligations", she writes. The first to quit was Trudeau's former attorney general.



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