O'Regan Still Behind Trudeau as SNC-Lavalin Fallout Continues

Jane Philpott

Justin Trudeau: second minister resigns from cabinet as scandal deepens

"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. With the resignations of Wilson-Raybould and Philpott, she believes Prime Minister Trudeau is only starting to learn how strong his leading female MP's are.

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.

Carolyn Bennett, the minister in charge of relations with the aboriginal population, said in a statement that "I have absolute confidence in our government, and our Prime Minister".

The case involves allegations of corruption in Libya. Trudeau says he's surprised and disappointed that Wilson-Raybould has quit, and that if she felt undue pressure in her role as attorney general, she had a duty to report it to him.

Trudeau said he "completely disagrees" with his former attorney general's characterization of events, insisting that he and his team were rightly looking to safeguard up to 9,000 Canadian jobs at SNC-Lavalin, which would be banned from bidding on government contracts if convicted.

Gerald Butts full statement to the Commons justice committee on SNC-Lavalin
Since Wilson-Raybould's testimony, opposition parties have called for Wernick, who is supposed to be non-partisan, to be fired. Butts' testimony is expected to contradict Wilson-Raybould's version of events, in some detail.

He also dodged recent calls for his resignation, saying that the Canadian people would have the opportunity to voice their opinions during the country's federal election in October.

Conservative leader of the Official Opposition Andrew Scheer has demanded that Justin Trudeau resign as prime minister. They came into government because they believed in what Mr. Trudeau said he believed in. Both women were star candidates for the Liberals during the 2015 election and their initial appointment to prestigious cabinet posts was emblematic of Trudeau's commitment to gender equality. This comes after Gerald Butts quit as Trudeau's principal secretary last month over the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Robert Bothwell, a professor at the University of Toronto, said the resignations speak to Trudeau's failure to connect with his own troops. But this is a political crisis like no other, because of the characters involved.

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In 2015, Justin Trudeau rode a message of ethics and principles all the way to the prime minister's office.

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However, this is not what is motivating the corporate media or at least the large sections of it that are presenting the bullying of Wilson-Raybould-something the ex-Attorney-General herself says was "not illegal"-as a transgression virtually without precedent".

But not all who praised Philpott's work on Indigenous policies and legislation are supporting her decision to leave cabinet.

MANN: Yeah. This has really been moving quick. When the national newspaper here in Canada, The Globe and Mail, first broke this story three weeks ago the government immediately denied it and they've had an evolving storyline since then. SNC-Lavalin had lobbied for such a provision in Canadian law. That's a big company that's been accused of bribery and corruption.

Wilson-Raybould last week delivered bombshell testimony at the House of Commons justice committee, accusing officials of relentlessly pressuring her and even issuing veiled threats to co-operate in helping SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution. Her departure followed that of her close friend Wilson-Raybould a month earlier. She told Parliament the newspaper account was true. "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". They worked particularly closely when Wilson-Raybould was justice minister and Philpott was health minister, on legislation such as the assisted dying and cannabis bills. I mean, does Trudeau have a relationship with this company? And he has argued that this is an important company for jobs in Canada.

March 2 - Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says she will not be seeking re-election in October in her riding of Whitby, Ont. Caesar-Chavannes says her decision is not related to the SNC Lavalin controversy, although she adds she has "tremendous respect" for Wilson-Raybould.

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MANN: Yeah, this is escalating. But he says he did it in ways that were proper.

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