A Brit's Guide To The 'Unprecedented' Scandal That Could Topple Justin Trudeau

Jane Philpott

Jane Philpott

Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould testified to the Canadian Parliament last week that the prime minister and other members of the cabinet had been pressuring her to settle the case with a small fine for the firm. I must abide by more core values, my ethical responsibilities, constitutional obligations. She is the second cabinet member to quit over the scandal. It's doubly, triply, quadruply damaging that she cited "lost confidence in how the government has dealt with (the SNC-Lavalin scandal) and in how it has responded to the issues raised".

Other members of the government, including Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, said they would stay in the Cabinet. The Liberals now sit on 34 percent in national polls, according to the CBC, just behind the Conservative Party on 36 percent. Trudeau asked after taking to the podium, adjusting the microphone to his height and making sure the auto-prompter was working.

O'Regan said he has "full confidence" in Trudeau and that he is "committed to continuing on with the important work ahead for Indigenous peoples and all Canadians".

Hours after his second cabinet minister quit in as many months, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the latest bomb to rock his government at a climate change rally in downtown Toronto. She told the committee that she believes the pressure she faced was inappropriate but not illegal.

Trudeau has insisted that he made clear to his former attorney general that the "decision around SNC-Lavalin was Wilson-Raybould's and hers alone to make".

Moreover, she says the principle of cabinet solidarity requires all ministers to speak in support of the government and its policies at all times - a requirement she now finds "untenable".

Long also said it was "particularly troubling" Philpott's resignation letter noted that while there is a cost to acting on principles, "there is a bigger cost to abandoning them".

As my colleague, John Ivison, wrote in a wonderful column about her speech that night - he said she was raucous and fun, called Burns "a penile philanthropist" and said "if Robbie Burns were alive today, he would be black and on Maury Povich" - Caesar-Chavannes mentioned Wilson-Raybould, who was also at the dinner.

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Ms Philpott 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.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said Philpott's resignation shows the Trudeau government "is in a precarious situation, and I think the entire country is beginning to wonder what kind of impact this will have on the national interest for everybody in the country".

Philpott said evidence of efforts by politicians and officials to pressure Wilson-Raybould had raised serious concerns. After refusing to do so, Wilson-Raybould was demoted to be minister of veterans affairs in January and eventually resigned from the cabinet in February.

Trudeau has not denied that he and aides spoke to Wilson-Raybould about the SNC-Lavalin case, the Guardian reports, but claims their discussions were within the bounds of the rules. She was first elected in 2015 when Trudeau's became prime minister.

"How much of what they did was under the Prime Minister's instruction and how much was them deciding they out to get this fixed for the Prime Minister", said May.

Trudeau said that "enjoying our natural world is a huge part of the Canadian identity".

Liberals hope Gerald Butts will give them ammunition to fight back against accusations of political interference in the justice system.

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