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

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

Justin Trudeau's reputation as the nice guy of global politics took another potentially fatal blow this week after allegations of a scandal involving illegal lobbying, bribery and former Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi led to a second resignation.

Jane Philpott resigned earlier on Monday, saying that she had lost confidence in how the government had dealt with the SNC-Lavalin Group scandal.

March 4 - Jane Philpott, one of Trudeau's most trusted ministers, quits cabinet, saying she has concerns about the pressure Wilson-Raybould described and that she has lost confidence in the way the government has dealt with the ongoing affair.

The solemn principles at stake are the independence and integrity of our justice system ... Trudeau's longtime friend and former principal secretary Gerald Butts, whom Wilson-Raybould tagged as one of the sources of pressure on her, is scheduled to appear before the justice committee at 10 a.m. ET.

Why are they remaining in the Liberal tent?

"What should be worrisome for the Trudeau Liberals is that the two cabinet resignations have been on issues of principle and ethics", said Nanos Research pollster Nik Nanos. Many were already lining up to express their fealty Monday.

Justin Trudeau: "Before we talk about the incredible work our Liberal team is doing on climate change, I want to address something that I'm sure is on some of your minds this evening: Jane Philpott's resignation from cabinet".

The two Liberal backbenchers who broke ranks to support an NDP motion for a public inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin affair are suggesting a full hearing into the matter is needed now more than ever. Trudeau asked after taking to the podium, adjusting the microphone to his height and making sure the auto-prompter was working. "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. Wilson-Raybould announced her resignation from federal cabinet on February 12.

"I know Ms. Philpott has felt this way for some time and, while I am disappointed, I understand her decision to step down".

Wilson-Raybould herself resigned abruptly in February. Scheer is demanding a criminal probe of Trudeau's actions by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and has urged the prime minister to resign.

In the Canadian political system, party leaders are elected at formal conventions and can not be deposed by a simple vote of legislators, which means any move to push out Trudeau would take a long time.

Indigenous and federal opposition leaders were quick to respond to the Trudeau cabinet's loss of a minister widely regarded as an Indigenous ally and a decision-maker committed to seeing through policy and legislative reform on Indigenous files.

Certainly Wilson-Raybould's replacement as Attorney General, Montreal MP and law professor David Lametti, gave every indication he was angling towards a plea deal.

Assembly of First Nations B.C. Regional Chief Terry Teegee told APTN News that Philpott quickly earned First Nations leaders' trust and support when she was appointed minister of Indigenous services in August 2017.

Chartrand, who is also President of the Manitoba Metis Federation, said Philpott's resignation as Treasury Board president could hurt Metis.

In her explosive testimony last week, Wilson-Raybould said a provincial election in Quebec, Trudeau's status as a Quebec MP, and the looming general election all surfaced in conversations on the issue that continued after a decision was made.

The Liberals use their feminist agenda as a talking point but undermine powerful women by referring to them with gendered language and old tropes, Raitt said. The Liberals now sit on 34 percent in national polls, according to the CBC, just behind the Conservative Party on 36 percent.

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