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Second Minister Resigns from Justin Trudeau's Cabinet Amid Scandal

Philpott, just recently named as the Treasury Board president in the same shuffle that saw Wilson-Raybould moved from Justice to Veterans Affairs, is quitting cabinet precisely because of the SNC-Lavalin imbroglio, the incursion she saw upon the "independence and integrity of our justice system" and because she said she has "lost confidence in how the government has dealt with this matter and in how it has responded to the issues raised".

It employs almost 50,000 people globally and around 3,400 in Quebec, Canada.

Canada's Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould (L) and Health Minister Jane Philpott (R) attend a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 13, 2017.

The woman continued to shout until the Liberal supporters around clapped and cheered to drown out her voice.

After Wilson-Raybould resigned, Trudeau repeatedly called her "Jody" in defending his actions toward her - a small indignity but one many noticed.

Well, that's what the entire case centres on.

If found guilty, the company could be banned from bidding on federal contracts in Canada.

Where does the PM come in?

Liberal backbencher Celina Caesar-Chavannes, who announced last week she won't seek re-election, tweeted her support Monday for Philpott, as she has done repeatedly for Wilson-Raybould since the SNC-Lavalin controversy erupted a month ago.

Elizabeth May expects she'll be able to direct questions to the clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, and the Prime Minister's former principal secretary, Gerald Butts. It has heavily lobbied the government to settle the case out of court, arguing those responsible had since left.

The former attorney general claimed she experienced a "consistent and sustained effort" by the Liberal party officials close to Trudeau to interfere with her handling of the case. She told the committee that she believes the pressure she faced was inappropriate but not illegal.

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Afterwards, in an interview, Caesar-Chavannes said while she was tired of being at the centre of controversies over race and gender, she couldn't give a speech without addressing the question of privilege.

Both had been symbols of the Liberals' ability to recruit strong female candidates: Wilson-Raybould is a lawyer and former regional chief of the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations; Philpott is a family doctor with extensive experience overseas.

"But at the same time, we need to keep in mind the bigger picture", Trudeau said. Canadians expect us to do those two things at the same time.

This is the third high-profile resignation following accusations Mr Trudeau and some of his top aides tried to shield SNC-Lavalin from a corruption trial.

March 3 - Wilson-Raybould says she'll be running under the Liberal banner in October's general election. Wilson-Raybould suggested she was demoted as retaliation for not succumbing to the pressure to merely fine the company rather than going to trial. Neither has developed a strong political machine to support their new careers.

Trudeau has been facing calls to resign over the scandal.

It looks bad, but it's not over for Trudeau yet.

Also booked for a spot on the party fundraising circuit tonight: Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who will join former Olympic kayaker turned Liberal hopeful Adam van Koeverden at a $1,000-a-head reception in downtown Toronto and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who, after another day spent trumpeting the potential benefits of the new North American free trade deal to Quebec workers, is set to team up with Quebec MP Brenda Shanahan to rally supporters in the Chateauguay region.

Philpott says it "grieves" her to leave the portfolio, but adds "I must abide by my core values, my ethical responsibilities and constitutional obligations". Philpott's resignation kills that scheme dead in its tracks.

Maybe. But for now, Trudeau is the wounded one.

"There are a number of people who are incredibly anxious we are going to lose the progress we have made; and we are going to see a government led by an individual who has coddled Yellow Vesters; and who has really cultivated support from groups and organizations that he should be shunning and pushing away", Erskine-Smith said.

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