Eli Ridder | Report
Ontario Member of Parliament Celina Caesar-Chavannes departed the Liberal caucus on Wednesday, the third such female minister to leave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s party.
Mr. Trudeau made the announcement following a meeting with officials and before heading into question period in the House of Commons. Caesar-Chavannes will sit as an Independent.
The one-term MP for Whitby was elected to parliament with the Trudeau team in 2015 but when the SNC-Lavalin scandal hit the headlines in February, Caesar-Chavannes appeared to criticize the Prime Minister’s Office.
“I have just been notified by my office that Celina Caesar-Chavannes has decided to sit as an Independent,” Trudeau told reporters, thanking the MP for her service to the party and her constituents.
Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer, who has several times called for Trudeau to step down from his office, gave his take on the departure of Caesar-Chavannes.
“Clearly, the real Justin Trudeau’s come out…the way he’s been treating people who have expressed their concerns to him, who have stood up to him,” Scheer said, adding that “it’s just another example of his lack of leadership.”