Treasury Board President Jane Philpott resigns from cabinet citing SNC-Lavalin affair

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Treasury Board president Jane Philpott resigned Monday from the federal cabinet, saying she's lost confidence in the way the Trudeau government has dealt with the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Her sympathy for Jody Wilson-Raybould, and the former attorney general and justice minister's allegation that she was subject to undue pressure to intervene in the prosecution of SNC, was known.

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Meanwhile, the leader of the Conservatives says the Trudeau government is "in chaos". Trudeau says he's spoken to Wilson-Raybould and confirmed with her that he said any decision on the SNC-Lavalin prosecution was entirely hers.

"Jane Philpott is a close personal friend of Jody Wilson-Raybould".

Dr Philpot, a physician, is a former minister of health and minister of indigenous services and was widely viewed as of one of Mr Trudeau's most competent Cabinet ministers.

Mr Trudeau has denied political meddling to shield engineering firm SNC-Lavalin from a bribery trial.

I think Trudeau will deepen this crisis if he removes either of these principled woman from his caucus or blocks them from running for re-election under the Liberal banner.

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"I was elected as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville and I will continue to serve as such", she told me, adding she's already secured the nomination to run again for the Liberals in the fall. Now two of his most high-profile female Cabinet ministers have resigned in solidarity.

Resigning from cabinet on a matter of principle is so old-fashioned it evokes images of monocles, pocket watches and top hats.

Trudeau has accepted the resignation and will address the matter later on Monday, said a spokesman. Wilson-Raybould posts a long letter outlining her record as justice minister and noting a great deal of work remains to be done toward reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Philpott said the evidence of alleged pressure offered by her friend and former fellow minister has "raised serious concerns" for her.

"This blow won't bring down the government, and Trudeau, like Diefenbaker, will survive and fight back", Wiseman said.

Scheer called on other cabinet ministers to follow Philpott's example or be seen to be part of the "ethical rot that infects this government". For now, it's nearly like Wilson-Raybould is daring him to kick her out of caucus. "I have concluded that I must resign as a member of cabinet".

"His failure to give a vigorous but reasoned response at the beginning of this pseudo-scandal allowed it to grow into Godzilla", Bothwell said.

"Previous prime ministers benefited from experience and seniority, or respect, or fear, or just the feeling that they knew the way better than anybody else. Trudeau the father had all these attributes", Bothwell said.

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