Trudeau violated MPs' rights with 'unilateral' expulsion: Philpott

Trudeau violated MPs' rights with 'unilateral' expulsion: Philpott

Former Canadian Treasury Board Secretary Jane Philpott said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke a parliamentary law by expelling her and former Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould from the Liberal Party's caucus last week.

While Nutson said she will still vote Liberal in the next election, Philpott's ejection from caucus has killed her motivation to put long hours and energy into volunteering for the campaign again this year. Philpott followed suit a few weeks after that, saying she'd lost confidence in the government's handling of the SNC-Lavalin case.

In the House of Commons, Philpott says the Parliament of Canada Act says MPs can't be kicked out of their party groups without a vote and Trudeau ejected them on his own. But both MPs remained members of the Liberal caucus until last week.

"We were expelled prior to the commencement of the Liberal caucus meeting", Philpott told the Commons from her new perch among independent MPs. "However, the decision had been already made". That ruling stated that the Speaker could not weigh in on the possible expulsion of MPs from a caucus, and that the Speaker has "no role in the interpretation of statute nor in the conduct of these 2015 provisions".

However, Chong himself said the recorded yes-or-no votes are "mandatory" - the language of the law is clear - and that because they did not take place, Trudeau acted illegally in expelling Philpott and Wilson-Raybould.

Regan told Philpott he would consider her argument and report back to the House later.

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"Expulsion should not be his decision to take unilaterally, however the decision had been already made", Philpott said, referencing Trudeau's comments to the national caucus that were televised last Tuesday when he announced their ouster.

While Scheer denied having edited or deleted any posts on Twitter, Chagger pointed to a tweet made by Scheer on March 31, the same day he received Porter's letter, reportedly commenting on Trudeau's "lies" pleading ignorance of a conversation between Wilson-Raybould and Michael Wernick, clerk of the Privy Council.

Trudeau went on to say he's not going to put up with it.

"Canadians are looking forward to the prime minister finally appearing under oath and testifying in a setting that he, himself, can not control", Scheer said Monday, repeatedly asking the government to set a date for legal proceedings to begin.

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).

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