Jody Wilson-Raybould says she’s been kicked out of Liberal caucus

Jody Wilson-Raybould

Jody Wilson-Raybould says she’s been kicked out of Liberal caucus

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott have been kicked out of the Liberal caucus.

"Canadians will view the removal of Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould from the Liberal caucus for exactly what it is: A betrayal of justice", Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said. "Whether it's taping conversations without consent or repeatedly expressing a lack of confidence in our government and in me personally as leader, it has become clear that Ms. Wilson-Raybould and Dr. Philpott can no longer remain part of our Liberal team".

Many members of the Liberal Party, including Transport Minister Marc Garneau, voiced concern over Wilson-Raybould's secret recording.

JWR: Michael to be honest with you and this is not a great place for me to be in - I do not relish this place - but what I am confident of is that I have given the Prime Minister my best advice to protect him and to protect the constitutional principle of prosecutorial independence.

Wilson-Raybould provided a 17-minute audio recording to the House of Commons justice committee last week to bolster her contention that she was improperly pressured last fall to intervene to stop the criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. Trudeau then moved her to Veterans Affairs instead, but she resigned from cabinet on February 12, after the SNC-Lavalin scandal broke.

In a statement on Twitter, said she intends to "take the time to reflect and talk to my supporters about what happens next".

"I spoke the truth as I will continue to do".

In a letter released earlier Tuesday, Wilson-Raybould pleaded with her colleagues to remain and acknowledged they are enraged but said she was "trying to help protect the Prime Minister and the government from a awful mess". "And frankly so am I", she continued.

"I think more than most, I'd hoped that there was a way forward, because I've just had such a productive relationship with both of them and I've learned so much from both of them and I know that on 99 per cent of issues, our vision and values are the same", Beech said.

"I believed we were going to uphold the highest standards that support the public interest, and not simply make choices to create partisan advantage".

He also tells her that the cabinet shuffle is an "opportunity" for Wilson-Raybould to "show people a side of yourself and your talent that you did not get as MOJAG [minister of justice and attorney general]".

Ontario Liberal MPs met earlier Tuesday to debate whether Jane Philpott would remain a member of caucus.

Trudeau has said his team did not "direct" Wilson-Raybould's decision, but few have been satisfied by the response.

"I won't be donating any time for the foreseeable future", he said.

Mr. Wernick, let's recall, warned that the Prime Minister was in a mood to see a negotiated settlement for SNC-Lavalin one way or another.

"I think the actions that have been taken have resulted in them excluding themselves from caucus", he said, adding that he's "never recorded anyone as a lawyer". She changed the way juries are selected to stack the deck against non-Indigenous defendants and gave the police power to test anyone for impaired driving, even if no drinking and driving is suspected.

Imagine how much worse it would have been for the Liberals if, in addition the way Trudeau, his former chief of staff Gerald Butts and others tried to skirt the law and cut SNC a sweetheart deal, the P.M. had also thrown out two strong women (one of them Indigenous) for standing up to him and his band of thugs.

In a written submission that accompanied the audio, Wilson-Raybould acknowledged recording the conversation was an "extraordinary and otherwise inappropriate step", but said she felt it necessary to have an exact record of what was discussed.

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