Second Canadian cabinet minister resigns over SNC-Lavalin scandal

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She will remain on as a Liberal member of Parliament.

Philpott was among Trudeau's most trusted cabinet ministers. She is the first Indigenous person to hold the post, which combines duties as a politician (heading the Department of Justice) and a legal official (overseeing prosecutions). Instead, they wanted her to order negotiation of a remediation agreement with the company that would have levied stiff financial penalties but removed the prospect of a criminal conviction that could cripple the company financially and hurt innocent employees, pensioners and suppliers. They were going promote women in public life.

Former NDP leader Tom Mulcair, now a prominent media commentator, has suggested that Trudeau erred in not publicly making a public case for SNC-Lavalin as a national asset worth preserving.

He has denied political meddling to shield engineering firm SNC-Lavalin from a bribery trial.

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

The most damning evidence put forward by Wilson-Raybould is from two text messages her chief of staff, Jessica Prince, sent to her following meetings she had with the PMO [Prime Minister's Office].

September 18 - SNC-Lavalin representatives meet with Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick, Canada's most senior public servant, and Finance Minister Bill Morneau to discuss issues including "justice and law enforcement".

The controversy surrounding corrupt dealings by SNC-Lavalin has received extensive coverage in the Quebec media since 2012. That challenge is ongoing.

As attorney general, Wilson-Raybould could legally have instructed the director of public prosecutions to negotiate one with SNC-Lavalin. That's the lowest close since March 2, 2016.

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November 5 and 19 - SNC-Lavalin meets with Mathieu Bouchard, another senior adviser in the Prime Minister's Office, to discuss "justice and law enforcement".

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

Canada's Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould (L) and Health Minister Jane Philpott (R) attend a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 13, 2017. You can't have an Indian doing that to the White Man. (David) Lametti can, you can't.

Philpott notified her Twitter followers, "It grieves me to resign from a portfolio where I was at work to deliver an important mandate".

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Philpott is a close friend of Wilson-Raybould, who herself resigned on February 12 after she was unexpectedly demoted in January.

She added that Trudeau said a solution must be found because otherwise many jobs could be lost, and SNC-Lavalin could move its headquarters from Montreal to London.

Small Business Minister Mary Ng said in an interview that she does not see the cabinet departures as having an impact on the Liberal government's feminist agenda. Last month, the Globe & Mail published an investigative report claiming Trudeau intervened in the matter, an account Wilson-Raybould corroborated.

February 13 - The House of Commons justice committee debates its own probe of the issue. Under questioning she said she did not consider officials had broken any laws. The Liberals say this is a first step in a cautious investigation, but the opposition calls it a coverup. The retort prompted Trudeau to backtrack, she said.

"She produced some pretty remarkable progress, particularly on child welfare, where she took a unity-seeking approach", Turpel-Lafond told APTN.

"How much of what they did was under the Prime Minister's instruction and how much was them deciding they out to get this fixed for the Prime Minister", said May.

The loss of two female cabinet members means that Trudeau's famously gender-equal cabinet is at risk of losing its 50-50 male-female split.

"This blow won't bring down the government, and Trudeau, like Diefenbaker, will survive and fight back", Wiseman said.

Trudeau said that "enjoying our natural world is a huge part of the Canadian identity". The Privy Council clerk also challenges Wilson-Raybould's assertion that solicitor-client privilege prevents her from responding to allegations.

Treasury Board president Jane Philpott has resigned from the federal cabinet, saying she's "lost confidence" in the way the Trudeau government has dealt with the SNC-Lavalin affair. The order specifically notes, however, that she can not speak publicly about communication she had with Kathleen Roussel, the director of public prosecutions.

In his letter Scheer alleges that Trudeau contravened Section 423.1 (1) of the Criminal Code "by conduct with the intent to provoke fear in the attorney general".

New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh reiterated his call for a public inquiry into the affair. All three express support for Trudeau.

A senior cabinet member in Justin Trudeau's government resigned last night amid allegations that the Canadian prime minister had improperly interfered in an alleged corruption case.

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