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Apr 2, 2019

Canada's Trudeau expels two ex-ministers from ruling party in bid to end scandal


OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday (Apr 2) moved to end the worst crisis of his tenure, expelling two former cabinet members whom he said had undermined the ruling Liberal Party.
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Trudeau announced that former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and former treasury board minister Jane Philpott would no longer be allowed to sit as Liberal legislators.

The Liberals have been in turmoil since Wilson-Raybould said in February that officials had inappropriately pressured her to ensure construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc escaped a corruption trial when she was justice minister last year.

"The trust that previously existed between these two individuals and our team has been broken," Trudeau told an emergency meeting of caucus.

"Our political opponents win when Liberals are divided. We can't afford to make that mistake – Canadians are counting on us," said Trudeau, who came into office in November 2015 and faces a re-election contest this year.

Wilson-Raybould was demoted in January and resigned the next month. Philpott quit shortly afterwards, saying she had lost confidence in how Trudeau was handling the matter.

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