10/3 podcast: How Wilson-Raybould's testimony could hit the Trudeau Liberals

Justin Trudeau: second minister resigns from cabinet as scandal deepens

The Liberals use their House of Commons majority to defeat an opposition motion calling for a public inquiry into allegations the Prime Minister's Office pressured Wilson-Raybould.

Scheer called on other cabinet ministers to follow Philpott's example or be seen as part of the "ethical rot that infects this government".

On Monday, Wilson-Raybould was among the members of the Canadian Parliament, from both the government and opposition sides of the House of Commons, who praised Philpott for her ministerial competence and integrity.

The MP says she will continue her role as an MP for Markham-Stouffville.

February 27 - Wilson-Raybould tells the Commons justice committee she came under "consistent and sustained" pressure - including veiled threats - from the Prime Minister's Office, the Privy Council Office and the finance minister's office to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

September 17 - Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould discuss the SNC-Lavalin file.

"He wouldn't allow the former Attorney General to speak freely, so we don't know her fully story".

The pair's departure is a blow to Trudeau's brand.

Trudeau faces criticism as the resignations continue to reach those closest to him and the allegation could dominate his election bid later this year. Wilson-Raybould, the country's first Indigenous justice minister, also embodied Trudeau's vow to make reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples his top priority.

In response, Wilson-Raybould said she wasn't going to interfere in a decision by prosecutors to not pursue a plea deal. SNC-Lavalin is an economic force in Canada, with 9,000 employees in the country and about 50,000 worldwide. If convicted, SNC-Lavalin would be banned for 10-years from bidding on federal contracts and without a DPA referral from the attorney general, the director of public prosecutions is bound to proceed with the facts of a case, not economic considerations.

Instead, SNC-Lavalin bosses have asked for a "deferred prosecution agreement" which would mean they paid a fine as punishment but would avoid a criminal trial.

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The first Cabinet officer was former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has accused Trudeau of secretly attempting to direct her handling of a high-level criminal prosecution. If she succeeded in removing Robbie Burns, she would have been fired.

"I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion", Wilson-Raybould told a parliamentary committee on February 27.

"Sadly, I have lost confidence in how the government has dealt with this matter and how it responded to the issues raised", Philpott said in a statement.

The next round of testimony on the affair is to come Wednesday.

She added: "There can be a cost to acting on one's principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them".

That afternoon, Michael Wernick, Canada's top civil servant, appears in front of the committee.

Trudeau has accepted the resignation and will address the matter later on Monday, said a spokesman.

March 1 - Trudeau makes longtime MP Lawrence MacAulay his new veterans-affairs minister as part of a minor cabinet shuffle. Did Trudeau's former principal secretary Gerald Butts really say "there is no solution that doesn't involve some interference", as Wilson-Raybould says Trudeau's former principal secretary told Prince?

"That sort of adds to the controversy - that the Liberals aren't quite able to shake this, it reflects poorly on them", Wilson said. Earlier in the day, before Philpott's exit, he said he was still reflecting on Wilson-Raybould's future in the party.

Erskine-Smith told CBC Radio's "Metro Morning" Tuesday that while he is "frustrated" to see issues he cares about pushed to the sideline - such as the fight against climate change - Liberals must do more to be open and transparent.

When the Liberals took office in 2015, Trudeau brought Philpott, a medical doctor, into his cabinet as health minister that found her working closely with Wilson-Raybould on the government's 2016 bill that legalized medical assistance for dying patients.

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