OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday sought to quell a crisis that threatens his chances of re-election, expelling from party ranks two former Cabinet members he said had undermined the ruling Liberals.
Trudeau said former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and former Treasury Board chief Jane Philpott would no longer be allowed to sit as Liberal legislators. They were also barred from running for the party in the federal election this October.
The Liberals have been in turmoil since Wilson-Raybould said in February that officials had inappropriately pressured her last year while she was justice minister to ensure that construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc escape a corruption trial.
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WNU Editor: This is not going to end the scandal. Many Canadians do want to know the details on why did Prime Minister Trudeau decide to intervene in a criminal case that the Attorney General said was closed, and was she removed because of her refusal to do so.
Trudeau ejects Wilson-Raybould, Philpott from Liberal caucus — CBC
Canada’s ex-attorney general ousted from Trudeau’s caucus — AP
Canada’s Trudeau ousts two ex-ministers from ruling party in bid to end scandal — France 24
SNC-Lavalin affair: Trudeau expels ‘whistleblower’ MPs — BBC
Canada: ex-cabinet members expelled from Liberal party amid scandal — The Guardian
Canada’s Justin Trudeau ousts ex-attorney general from Liberal party — DW
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expels ex-ministers from Liberals in bid to end pre-election scandal — ABC News Online
Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott kicked out of Liberal Party caucus — Global News