Former Liberal ministers Wilson-Raybould and Philpott, to run as independents

The Canadian Politician – Two former Liberal ministers in the Trudeau government have declared to contest the next federal elections as independents. Jody Wilson-Raybould, former minister of Justice and later Veteran Affairs and Jane Philpott, former President of the Treasury Board were both thrown out of Liberal caucus by the Trudeau government after Philpott resigned in support of Wilson-Raybould who had come forward to disclose that she was pressured to drop criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin in the on-going bribery case.

Wilson-Raybould had resigned weeks earlier testifying before the House of Commons Justice Committee of unethical communication and pressure from the prime minister’s office to favour deferred prosecution agreement for the Montreal-based engineering giant charged with bribing Libyan officials to secure contracts in Libya. The Ontario MP Philpott stated, “I am going to run in the federal election as an Independent candidate for the people of Markham-Stouffville. We are going to do it together. Yes. All of us, all of together.”

Wilson-Rabould also noted in her announcement in how home riding of Vancouver-Granville, “I know that it will not be easy to run a campaign as an Independent,” she said. “There will be challenges, but with your support, I am confident that running as an Independent is the best way to … go about it at this time and the best way to transform our political culture.”

Philpott who is a physician resigned shortly after being appoint President of the Treasury Board.

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