Trudeau ‘in TOTAL CHAOS’: Second cabinet minister resigns over escalating SCANDAL

Justin Trudeau: second minister resigns from cabinet as scandal deepens

The retort prompted Trudeau to backtrack, she said. Why did she not resign before the shuffle? "That is not a fair commentary because it has nothing to do with friendship and everything to do with her (Philpott's) set of values and how she felt about standing there and toeing the cabinet line when she didn't believe a word that the prime minister was saying".

"I have concluded that I must resign as a member of Cabinet", Philpott wrote.

Philpott, 58, was widely regarded as one of the best of Trudeau's cabinet ministers.

Conservative leader of the Official Opposition Andrew Scheer has demanded that Justin Trudeau resign as prime minister.

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". So I think that's the public relations problem the prime minister now has, trying to explain how the two can not coexist equally, when Ms Wilson-Raybould, who proved to be a very credible witness when she appeared before the Canadian Justice Committee, made the points that she did. Singh calls for a public inquiry into the scandal.

Speaking to a Liberal party rally in Toronto on Monday night, Trudeau thanked Philpott for her service.

This prompted her to ask the Prime Minister: "Are you politically interfering with my role as attorney general?"

Cooper said while "Butts appears to be the key player in this scandal", attempts to have any witnesses to the matter testify under oath were blocked by the committee's Liberal majority. Indeed, when Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet, Philpott tweeted a picture of the pair with their arms around each other.

If Ms. Philpott feels this strongly, how are others around the cabinet table supposed to feel? And now I'm hearing from all sides, including from liberals here, that Trudeau's brand is seriously damaged.

Justin Trudeau groping allegations, woman confirms the incident. Her exit adds fuel to the controversy over whether Trudeau and his staff pressured their former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to intervene in the case.

Philpott is good friends with Wilson-Raybould, who delivered bombshell testimony last week accusing officials of relentlessly pressuring her and even issuing veiled threats to try to get her to co-operate. SNC-Lavalin is an economic force in Canada, with 9,000 employees in the country and about 50,000 worldwide.

The controversy surrounding corrupt dealings by SNC-Lavalin has received extensive coverage in the Quebec media since 2012. Wilson-Raybould's replacement as attorney-general has said he is reviewing the file and will make a fresh determination.

Philpott said evidence of efforts by politicians and officials to pressure Wilson-Raybould had raised serious concerns. "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", Philpott wrote.

The next round of testimony on the affair is to come Wednesday. Her clear, principled, damning resignation from cabinet stopped more Trudeau meddling with Canada's legal system.

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

But now Trudeau has gone from the political frying pan and into the proverbial fire after another shocking cabinet resignation Monday.

But it isn't all over for Trudeau, last week he won the public support of a top political ally, indicating there was no immediate pressure inside his Liberal Party to oust him over a deepening political scandal, Reuters reports.

Both former ministers worked closely together on some of Trudeau's signature achievements, including the legalization of medical marijuana and, before that, right-to-die legislation. As minister of Indigenous services, she oversaw drastic reductions in the number of long-term advisories on water safety on First Nations reserves.

January 14, 2019 - Trudeau shuffles his cabinet after the resignation of Treasury Board president Scott Brison.

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