Philpott: Trudeau violated MPs' rights with 'unilateral' expulsion

Philpott: Trudeau violated MPs' rights with 'unilateral' expulsion

Philpott: Trudeau violated MPs' rights with 'unilateral' expulsion

Philpott has asked Speaker Geoff Regan to declare that their privileges were violated.

While many Liberal MPs stood by the prime minister, Treasury Board President Jane Philpott resigned from his Cabinet, citing a loss of confidence in how the affair has been handled.

While Nutson said she will still vote Liberal in the next election, Philpott's ejection from caucus has killed her motivation to put long hours and energy into volunteering for the campaign again this year.

Philpott rose in the House of Commons on Tuesday morning on a question of privilege arguing that her rights as an MP, and those of fellow former cabinet minister Wilson-Raybould, have been breached.

Wilson-Raybould believes she was moved out of the prestigious justice portfolio to Veterans Affairs in a mid-January cabinet shuffle as punishment for refusing to override the director of public prosecutions, who had decided not to offer SNC-Lavalin a remediation agreement, a kind of plea bargain.

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.

Philpott said that since she and Wilson-Raybould were kicked out of caucus, and didn't leave voluntarily, their situation is different. "It was my decision to make but the fact that the caucus was clear and united on that made my decision easier", he said.

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Trudeau later acknowledged the decision to give the pair the boot was his but added: "I can reassure everyone and say very clearly to both Dr. Philpott and Ms. Wilson-Raybould that I consulted extensively with caucus over the preceding weeks".

But in November 2015, after the Liberals formed government, they deferred the matter, and as a result the rules - which would have required 90 Liberal MPs to express support for expelling Philpott and Wilson-Raybould - were not formally adopted.

Regan told Philpott he would consider her argument and report back to the House later.

"Canadians are looking forward to the prime minister finally appearing under oath and testifying in a setting that he, himself, can not control", Scheer said Monday, repeatedly asking the government to set a date for legal proceedings to begin.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Nanos tracking has Justin Trudeau as the preferred choice as Prime Minister at 30.7 per cent (last week: 31.1 per cent) of Canadians, followed by Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer at 27.2% (last week: 26.7 per cent). Wernick's lawyer said the clerk never relayed that conversation to Trudeau because everyone went on holiday the next day.

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