A second minister resigned from Justin Trudeau's cabinet in the midst of a deepening political scandal that is already threatening the prime minister's prospects for this year's federal elections.
Jane Philpott, Secretary of the Treasury, announced his resignation on Monday after the former Minister of Justice and Director General of the Bar. Jody Wilson-Raybould certified that the officials improperly forced him to help a Canadian engineering company avoid corruption.
Philpott, the liberal party's star, said in a statement: "It takes me to leave a portfolio where I've worked to do an important job." But I have to respect fundamental values, my ethical responsibility and constitutional obligations. Cost can be caused by acting on one of its principles, but there are more costs for leaving them.
A family doctor who entered politics in 2015, Philpott remains a close friend of Wilson-Raybould and a few members of the liberal party were public aid when he left the cabinet in February. Both women were nominated by Trudeau to be parliamentarians in the 2015 elections, and the two senior officials were elected as Trudeau's Liberals won a majority government.
Philpott was originally the health minister of the country and oversaw the native service portfolio before joining the Treasury Secretary early this month.
"It's a big blow," said Nelson Wiseman, professor of political science at the University of Toronto.
“What deep phenomena are in the cabinet and in the liberal Kaukas about whether Jody Wilson-Raybould should be removed from the liberal church. The majority, in my opinion – both in the cabinet and in the Caucasus – I think it should be – he said.
After Philpott resigned, Wilson-Raybould praised him for his "constant and objectionable commitment to always do the right and best for the Canadians".
On Monday, Trudeau said he would continue to appreciate that Wilson-Raybould, who said he would once again be a liberal, had a future in the party.
Last week, Trudeau invited Andrew Scheert, a conservative leader After Wilson-Raybould said that the Prime Minister's allies had made "consistent and lasting efforts" to prevent him from being prosecuted by SNC Lavalin Quebec, a giant engineer, for bribery from the Libyan government.
In his statement, Philpott said that the SNC's Lavalin scandal raised "serious concerns", following Wilson-Raybould's testimony that the people near Trudeau – and the prime minister himself – were trying to put pressure on giving up the prosecutor's office.
“These solemn principles are the independence and integrity of our justice system. The basic doctrine of the rule of law is that our lawyer should not exert any political pressure or interference with the exercise of his or her discretion in criminal matters. Unfortunately, I lost confidence in how the government dealt with this issue and how it responded to the issues raised, ”he said.
Scheer, the Conservative leader, tweeted on Monday that Philpott's resignation "is clearly in a state of complete chaos, led by an annoyed prime minister."
The resignation of Philpott is another blow to the Trudeau government, which hoped that on Monday the information about the plans to combat climate change had changed from the scandal.
A public opinion poll published on Sunday found that the scandal still causes damage to the Trudeau government, and nearly 25% of the Canadian population say they are changing the way they vote in the October elections.