Liberal MP (Whitby, Ont.) Celina Caesar-Chavannes who recently had a run-in with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his claim of fostering an environment where his ministers can express themselves freely, has left the Liberal caucus. The MP started that under the prevailing climate, it is best that she leaves. The Prime Minister put out a statement that read, “I have just been notified by my office that Celina Caesar-Chavannes has decided to sit as an independent. I want to thank her for her service to the Liberal Party and to her constituents, and wish her the best in her continued service to her constituents,” he said.
In an interview with CBC, the Liberal MP started that she cares for the “values and principles” of the Liberal Party, but it will be in the best interest of all if she sits as an independent.” She noted, “I think it’s important to understand that while I support the values and principles of the Liberal Party, that it might be good, since that message did go out, that I sit as an independent for the rest of the term that I’m here.”
It will be recalled that Caesar-Chavannes contradicted Trudeau when he claimed that part of his leadership style is to foster an environment where ministers can express concerns. The MP tweeted and said, “I did come to you recently. Twice. Remember your reactions?” She provided context to this statement in an extensive interview with the Globe and Mail cataloguing tales of the prime minister yelling and staring her down when she told him of her intention not to run for office in October.
The prime minister has since denied these claims, but the public spat appears to have done much political damage that has now compelled the Whitby MP to quit the Liberal caucus she has been part of since she arrived in Ottawa in 2015. Caesar-Chavannes was the parliamentary secretary of the prime minister from December 2015 to December 2017 before she was appointed to the same position for the minister of international trade.