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Former Canadian cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott were kicked out of the parliamentary caucus on the ruling Liberal Party by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday.
Wilson-Raybould said in February that officials had inappropriately pressured her to get a deferred prosecution agreement so construction firm SNC-Lavalin could escape a corruption trial. The Prime Minister has denied this.
PM Trudeau said that trust had been broken. This statement comes after documents submitted to Commons justice committee on Friday included a 17 minute audiotape where Wilson-Raybould had recorded a conversation last December with Privy Council Michael Wernick.
The Prime Minister and Liberal Party leader told the National Liberal caucus meeting, which was called last minute, that the pair had to leave because they could not express confidence in the caucus.
Trudeau, who has seen his personal approval poll ratings drop to the lowest levels of his first term, said he came to power with the aim of ending Liberal Party infighting that had damaged the party in the past, explaining civil wars can give the perceptions to citizens that politicians care more about party politics rather than serving the public.
“I have just been informed by the Prime Minister of Canada that I am removed from the Liberal caucus and as the confirmed Vancouver-Granville candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada in the 2019 federal election. More to come” Wilson-Raybould tweeted before the announcement.
Philpott also released a tweet regarding her dismissal: “I ran to be a Member of Parliament for the purpose of improving people’s lives. Nothing will stop me from continuing in that pursuit,” with a link to a Facebook post with her full explanation.
Featured image: Wilson-Raybould & Philpott, Google images
Reporters: Eli Ridder, Arnold Samson