Following a serious blow to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a second member of his Canadian cabinet resigned, stating that she had lost confidence in the government's handling of an escalating political scandal.
The departure of recently-appointed Treasury Secretary Jane Philpott, who was responsible for government spending, deprives Trudeau of a vote that could be lost, according to electoral polls, another powerful cabinet woman.
Philpott expressed his dissatisfaction with the government's response to allegations that officials had unduly pressurized the former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould last year to help large construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. To avoid corruption process.
"Unfortunately, I have lost faith in the way the government handled this issue and how it responded to the issues," said Philpott in a statement. "I have come to the conclusion that I have to resign as a cabinet member."
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Trudeau told a Liberal Party meeting in Toronto that he was disappointed but understood why she had left.
"Concerns of this nature need to be taken seriously and I can assure you that it is me," said Trudeau, who did not specifically address the above reasons for Philpott. He also thanked her for serving in his cabinet – something he did not do after Wilson-Raybould left.
Philpott is a close friend of Wilson-Raybould, who himself resigned on February 12 after being unexpectedly resigned in January. Wilson-Raybould said last week she was convinced that her refusal to help SNC-Lavalin was behind the downgrade.
Trudeau insisted he make it clear that "the SNC-Lavalin decision was made solely by Wilson-Rayboulds."
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Andrew Scheer, chairman of the official opposition Conservative Party, repeated the call to Trudeau to stop under "ethical rottenness," he said, undermining the rule of law.
"Jane Philpott's Resignation from the Cabinet It clearly shows a government in complete chaos, led by a nefarious Prime Minister overburdened with scandal and focused solely on his political survival," Scheer told reporters in Toronto.
The departure of Philpott is another setback for a prime minister who came to power in November 2015 promises "sunny ways", more accountability in politics and a greater number of ministers.
"What should worry the Trudeau Liberals is the fact that the two cabinet resignations have led to issues of principality" ethics and ethics, "said Nanos Research pollster Nik Nanos.
" The second resignation raises the question – what happened and there could be more resignations, "he said by e-mail.
Philpott, 58, was widely recognized as one of Trudeau's best cabinet ministers, serving as Minister of Health and Minister of Indigenous Services. SOURCE:
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