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Canadian Treasury Board Secretary Jane Philpott Resigns Over Scandal

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David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief

OTTAWA — Canadian Treasury Board Secretary Jane Philpott resigned from the Trudeau government cabinet Monday. Her announcement, made simultaneously on her website and Twitter, sent shock waves through Parliament Hill.

FILE PHOTO: Canada's Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott speaks during the Assembly of First Nations, Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 2, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo

Then-Canada’s Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott speaks during the Assembly of First Nations, Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 2, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo

Philpott notified her Twitter followers, “It grieves me to resign from a portfolio where I was at work to deliver an important mandate. I must abide by more core values, my ethical responsibilities, constitutional obligations. There can be a cost to acting on one’s principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them.”

Philpott is the second cabinet minister to resign since Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has found himself embroiled in judicial interference scandal, focussing on Quebec mega-contractor SNC-Lavalin.

Former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould quit cabinet in February after being demoted to the veterans affairs portfolio and going public with her accusations that the prime minister’s office pressured her to snuff out a corruption charge against SNC-Lavalin. (RELATED: Call For Trudeau’s Resignation Made After Explosive Testimony From Former AG)

Trudeau also lost his principal secretary, Gerald Butts, who resigned last month over allegations that he “pressured” Wilson-Raybould.

Philpott’s resignation letter made no effort to avoid the SNC-Lavalin scandal. As she wrote in her resignation letter to Trudeau:

Unfortunately, the evidence of efforts by politicians and/or officials to pressure the former Attorney General to intervene in the criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin, and the evidence as to the content of those efforts have raised serious concerns for me. Those concerns have been augmented by the views expressed by my constituents and other Canadians. The solemn principles at stake are the independence and integrity of our justice system … ” (RELATED: Trudeau Equates Procurement Of Prostitutes To Supporting Canadian Workers)

FILE PHOTO: Newly appointed president of the Treasury Board Jane Philpott poses for a photo with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during Trudeau's cabinet shuffle, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, January 14, 2019. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

Newly appointed president of the Treasury Board Jane Philpott poses for a photo with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Jan, 14, 2019. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

Philpott is the Liberals Member of Parliament for the Ontario constituency of Markham-Stouffville. She was first elected in 2015 when Trudeau’s became prime minister. She was recognized as a hard-working though sometimes controversial health minister before being moved to Indigenous services and then treasury board in January.

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