Philpott says Trudeau's caucus expulsions violated law — NewsAlert


However, Trudeau insisted the law was followed.

All of which led Tourism Minister Melanie Joly to conclude that Philpott has "a need for attention".

Later Tuesday, Liberals on the Commons ethics committee agreed, voting down Conservative and NDP motions to initiate a new inquiry into the entire SNC-Lavalin affair.

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Wilson-Raybould quit the cabinet in mid-February and Philpott followed a few weeks later, saying she had lost confidence in the government over its handling of the SNC-Lavalin file.

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A set of amendments in 2015 was meant to make it more hard to remove MPs from their caucuses, to shift power away from party leaders and toward rank-and-file legislators.

In the Liberals' case, the initial vote whether or not to opt in to the rules within the Reform Act did not occur, meaning the caucus did not adopt the bill's requirement to have a majority vote in order to expel members. That ruling stated that the Speaker could not weigh in on the possible expulsion of MPs from a caucus, and that the Speaker has "no role in the interpretation of statute nor in the conduct of these 2015 provisions".

Trudeau is defending his decision saying that while there was not a vote, the "will of caucus was very clear". The Liberals decided not to, which means this doesn't apply.

Philpott said that because she and Wilson-Raybould were expelled, the situation is unique. Still, he acknowledged that "no court in the land" will touch the issue of how MPs handle themselves in Parliament, so the former ministers' only recourse is to appeal to the Speaker.

She says there was no vote and Trudeau expelled them anyway on the basis that the caucus didn't trust them anymore.

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"We were expelled prior to the commencement of the Liberal caucus meeting", Philpott told the House as she registered her complaint with Regan, a procedure known as a point of privilege.

"The leader of the Opposition pretends that he will not back down and he tries to make a show out of it", Government House leader Bardish Chagger told the House of Commons on Monday. Scheer made clear he has no such plans.

And she brought up a tweet Scheer deleted back in December after Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains served notice of a potential libel suit over the Conservative leader's assertion that the minister was under RCMP investigation related to a land deal in Brampton. Trudeau is threatening legal action over comments Scheer made after Jody Wilson-Raybould's audio recordings and supplementary statement were released on the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

"There are consequences - in the short term and the long term - when politicians choose to twist the truth and distort reality for Canadians". "You can't be lying to Canadians". Wernick's lawyer said the clerk never relayed that conversation to Trudeau because everyone went on holiday the next day.

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