Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Pressure mounts on Canada's Trudeau as second minister resigns

Jane Philpott Justin Trudeau: second minister resigns from cabinet as scandal deepens
Leonard Rios | 07 March, 2019, 06:02

Her announcement came just days after the former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould testified that officials had put pressure on her to help a Canadian engineering company avoid a corruption trial.

The cabinet minister announced her decision to step down on Monday, posting her resignation letter detailing her "serious concerns" with "evidence of efforts by politicians and/or officials to pressure the former Attorney-General to intervene in the criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin".

"There are a number of people who are incredibly anxious we are going to lose the progress we have made; and we are going to see a government led by an individual who has coddled Yellow Vesters; and who has really cultivated support from groups and organizations that he should be shunning and pushing away", Erskine-Smith said.

And, as a result of who she is, Wilson-Raybould was belittled, defamed, and attacked.

"I want to thank her for her service", Trudeau said. Scheer is demanding a criminal probe of Trudeau's actions by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and has urged the prime minister to resign. "There's still time, six months or so, for the government to get its act in order and try to turn things around, but certainly, it's a problem that Justin Trudeau is facing right now and could very well mean that he would lose that election".

"There is quite a bit of damage to Trudeau's brand", said Daniel Béland, a political science professor at McGill University in Montreal. Asked about her departure, Finance Minister Bill Morneau began by observing that Wilson-Raybould and Philpott are close friends.

SNC-Lavalin denied the charges in 2015 with a statement on its website saying: "The company firmly considers that the charges are without merit and will vigorously defend itself".

Philpott, 58, was widely regarded as one of the best of Trudeau's cabinet ministers.

Her letter said it had become "untenable" for her to continue to serve in the cabinet.

Wilson-Raybould said she had confronted Trudeau in September over what she said were persistent efforts by officials to help SNC-Lavalin evade trial on charges of bribing Libyan officials.

With a federal election looming seven months away, Trudeau must now not only salvage his reputation as someone who promised an open approach to politics, but may be in peril of losing control of his position as leader of the Liberal Party, which would end his time as prime minister.

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What is the SNC-Lavalin affair?

Trudeau then removed her as attorney-general.

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

It could have been argued (and Trudeau-ites were arguing it) that on its own, Wilson-Raybould's testimony and resignation were survivable.

Sputnik discussed the SNC-Lavalin scandal with Tim Powers, Conservative strategist and vice-chair of Summa Strategies, a leading Canadian public affairs consulting firm, and the Managing Director of Abacus Data, an opinion research company, both headquartered in Ottawa.

"I think women across the country are looking at that and understanding it", she said.

The former attorney general also testified that at the same meeting Trudeau reminded her, "I am an MP in Québec - the member for Papineau".

Two Liberal legislators voted with the opposition last week in a failed bid to launch a public inquiry, while a female Liberal member of parliament tweeted her support for Wilson-Raybould, adding the hash tag #IStandWithHer.

Jane Philpott's resignation Monday as Treasury Board president will have implications for Indigenous peoples and Indigenous-related federal policies and funding, according to some Indigenous leaders. Maybe Butts will offer evidence undermining Wilson-Raybould.

"That sort of adds to the controversy - that the Liberals aren't quite able to shake this, it reflects poorly on them", Wilson said.

Caesar-Chavannes, an Ontario business executive and rookie MP like Philpott, a family physician, and Wilson-Raybould, an elected Indigenous leader, told Trudeau on February 12 that she won't be running in the election this fall.

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