Jane Philpot is not going smoothly outside of the Liberal caucus.
The former health minister and treasury board president expressed a
long statement on Facebook the same day she was evacuate from
the Liberals alongside former attorney general Jody Wilson Raybould amid the SNC Lavalin affair.
In her affidavit, Philportt interpreted that she was drive out from the Liberal caucus beyond having been given any chance to say to the national caucus.
“I was indicted openly by people in caucus of not being loyal , of trying to bring down the prime minister, of being politically motivated, and of being motivated by my friendship with Jody Wilsonb Raybould,” she wrote.
“These accusations were connected with public ideas that I should be forced out of caucus.”
Such attacks were rooted in “defect and falsehoods,” Philpott said, adding that she did “not begin the crisis now facing the party or the prime minister. Nor did Jody Wilson Raybould.”
“Rather than accept the clear— that a range of entity had
inadequately undertake to pressure the former counselor general in relation to a prosecutor decision — and apologize for what occurred, a decision was made to attempt to deny the obvious — to attack Jody Wilson-Raybould’s credibility and attempt to blame her.”
That access, Philpott said, “now access to be focused on whether Jody Wilson-Raybould should have audiotaped the clerk instead of the position that prompted Jody Wilson Raybould to feel compelled to do so.”
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Philpott said she could not support the recommended response to the affair — which, she said, was to “deny these allegations.”
Her constitutional obligations — “including cabinet solidarity and collective responsibility” — compelled her to resign from cabinet.
“This isn’t about a lack of loyalty,” Philpott wrote.
“On the contrary, I recommended that the govt acknowledge what happened in order to move forward. This was an expression of loyalty, not disloyalty — in the same way that Jody Wilson-Raybould attempted to protect the PM from the obvious short and long-term consequences of attempts to interfere with prosecutorial self-determination — but to no advantage.”
This remark echoed Wilson-Raybould’s own comments in a letter to the Liberal caucus, in which she said she was trying to “help protect the prime minister and the government from a horrible mess.”
She said that the situation is not about political advantage or strategy, and that it’s “bluntly absurd” to suggest she would leave a senior position in government “for personal improvement or merely out of friendship with Jody Wilson-Raybould.”
As a member of cabinet, Philpott said she would have been compelled to support the government’s response to the SNC Lavalin affair, in the media and in question period.
“I thought there should be scope within the caucus and the party for a range of views on the SNC-Lavalin case including the views I expressed directly to the prime minister.
“Certainly, the need has never been greater for a measured re-evaluation of how the government should respond to this issue.”
Finally, Philpott said she ran for Parliament so she could improve people’s lives, and that “nothing will stop me from continuing in that pursuit.”
she concluded that “I will continue to proudly represent the people of Markham-Stouffville for the remainder of this term,”
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Speaking to a news conference , Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “the trust that previously existed between these two individuals and our team has been broken.”
He gave particular focus to Wilson-Raybould’s decision to tape her conversation with outgoing Privy Council Office clerk Michael Wernick.
“When that politician is a cabinet minister secretly recording a public servant, it’s wrong. And when that cabinet minister is the attorney general of Canada, secretly recording the clerk of the Privy Council, it’s unconscionable.”