Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, infamously involved in the SNC-lavalin case has ‘thrown caution to the wind’, expelling from Liberal Party caucus two former ministers in the process. The decision made Tuesday saw Trudeau removing Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the caucus, the group of Liberal Party members elected to Parliament.
The latest move, however, has raised speculations around the government’s motive. The move also plausibly confirmed the allegations against Trudeau (TNS) and his senior-aides, who allegedly tried to pressurize Wilson-Raybould, the former attorney general, to drop a prosecution against SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.
SNC-Lavalin, is a Montreal engineering and construction company facing charges of corruption and bribery related to government contracts in Libya.
Trudeau and his counterparts have denied the any wrongdoing in the case. Besides, affirming that all the conversations made with Wilson-Raybould and her aides were under the regulations of policymaking. Trudeau also said that the decision was made after consulting with senior members of his party.
Apart from Wilson-Raybould, Philpott was fired following the claims that she angered the lawmakers by saying that she had lost confidence in the government. Therewithal, in a recent interview with Maclean’s magazine she suggested that there was more to come from the SNC-Lavalin controversy.
Two former ministers resigned from the cabinet shortly after the allegations were pronounced, yet remained a part of the Liberal Party.
“Ultimately if they can’t honestly say that they have confidence in this team … then they cannot be part of this team,” Trudeau told caucus members.
Further taking a dig at Wilson-Raybould, and her decision to record her phone conversation with Michael Wernick, Canada’s top bureaucrat before stepping down because of the SNC-Lavalin allegations, said that such a move was “unconscionable”.
“To be a member of the [Liberal] caucus comes with rights and responsibilities,” Trudeau added. “The team has to trust each other, and with Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, that trust has been broken.”