Canadian Treasury Board Secretary Jane Philpott Resigns Over Scandal


February 25 - Trudeau partly waives both solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality for his former attorney general, paving the way for Wilson-Raybould to tell her side of the SNC-Lavalin saga to the justice committee and ethics commissioner.

After the prime minister's fractious rally at the Danforth Music Hall Monday night, a handful of Liberal MPs went to grab some dinner at a restaurant next door.

Philpott is a close friend of Wilson-Raybould, who herself resigned on February 12 after she was unexpectedly demoted in January. She said keeping her position would require her to publicly defend the government and its policies, which she could no longer do. "It is a fundamental doctrine of the rule of law that our Attorney General should not be subjected to political pressure or interference regarding the exercise of her prosecutorial discretion in criminal cases", Philpott wrote.

"It's big. A three-alarm-fire for the Liberals just became a five-alarm fire", McLaughlin told Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos.

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"Jane Philpott's resignation from cabinet does a tremendous amount to buttress the honesty and integrity of our former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould", said May.

Other members of the government, including Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, said they would stay in the Cabinet.

Jane Philpott, a key member of Trudeau's Cabinet, said she was quitting over the government's response to allegations that officials inappropriately pressured former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to help major construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid being tried for corruption.

"What should be worrisome for the Trudeau Liberals is that the two Cabinet resignations have been on issues of principle and ethics", said Nanos Research pollster Nik Nanos.

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September 18 - SNC-Lavalin representatives meet with Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick, Canada's most senior public servant, and Finance Minister Bill Morneau to discuss issues including "justice and law enforcement". He also thanked her for serving in his Cabinet - something he notably did not do when Wilson-Raybould quit. Lowering taxes or keeping them low to make it easier for businesses to operate makes more sense. but that would be too honest of an alternative for someone like Jason Kenney and his UCP, who are as crooked as a dog's hind leg. the NDP has done some things right. Will the Liberal majority on that committee allow Ms. Philpott to testify? "So I'm sad to see her leave". Indeed, when Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet, Philpott tweeted a picture of the pair with their arms around each other. Treasury Board is a less-visible ministry concerned with the nuts and bolts of government operations but the president effectively holds the government's purse strings, overseeing all federal spending.

If convicted criminally, the Montreal-based company would be banned from receiving any federal government business for a decade. Trudeau denies any impropriety.

Philpott has delivered a "body blow" to the government, McLaughlin said, making it worse by refusing to stick around before hearing the testimony from Gerald Butts, Trudeau's former principal secretary, who also resigned following the SNC-Lavalin controversy.

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Following Philpott's resignation, Andrew Scheer took to Twitter, again calling for the prime minister's resignation.