Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trudeau violated MPs' rights, broke law with 'unilateral' expulsion: Philpott

Trudeau violated MPs' rights, broke law with 'unilateral' expulsion: Philpott

In that statement Scheer called Wilson-Raybould's submission "concrete evidence that proves Justin Trudeau led a campaign to politically interfere in SNC-Lavalin's criminal prosecution", and the entire affair "corruption on top of corruption on top of corruption".

Two months later, Philpott announced her resignation, saying she had lost "confidence" in the government's handling of the case.

"I have every right, as does my family, to defend our reputation, and the Liberal party will, as I said, come to regret engaging in this illegal and untruthful behaviour", Harper said at the time. After the last election, the new Liberal MPs voted to send the issue off for a separate discussion rather than decide either way.

Trudeau later acknowledged the decision to give the pair the boot was his but added: "I can reassure everyone and say very clearly to both Dr. Philpott and Ms. Wilson-Raybould that I consulted extensively with caucus over the preceding weeks".

"The prime minister's words that night to the Liberal caucus are important to underscore because expulsion should not be his decision to take unilaterally", Philpott said.

Philpott said if Trudeau had followed the rules, it would have taken 90 Liberal MPs to vote to kick her and Wilson-Raybould out, and no such vote was held before Trudeau expelled them on the grounds that the caucus didn't trust them any more.

A set of amendments to the act, spearheaded by Conservative MP Michael Chong, was passed in 2015 in an effort to make it more hard for MPs to be removed from caucus - part of an effort to decentralize political power on Parliament Hill and put it back in the hands of rank-and-file legislators.

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Philpott argued that since she and Wilson-Raybould were expelled from the Liberal caucus, their situation is different from Caesar-Chavannes. "It was my decision to make but the fact that the caucus was clear and united on that made my decision easier", he said.

Nanos tracking has Justin Trudeau as the preferred choice as Prime Minister at 30.7 per cent (last week: 31.1 per cent) of Canadians, followed by Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer at 27.2% (last week: 26.7 per cent).

The letter threatening to sue over "libellous" remarks Scheer made in a March 29 statement was revealed by Scheer at a press conference on Sunday.

"It's not something we're going to put up with".

"I think highlighting that there are consequences short-term and long-term when politicians choose to twist the truth and distort reality for Canadians, it's not something we're going to put up with", Trudeau said on his way into a cabinet meeting Tuesday morning.

Asked whether they would consider voting for each of the federal parties, 45.8 per cent of Canadians say they would consider voting Conservative, while 45.5 per cent would consider voting Liberal. Scheer himself retweeted the statement that prompted the libel notice while his MPs repeatedly dared Trudeau to set a date for legal proceedings to begin.

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