Canada's former justice minister made a major announcement today. Jody Wilson-Raybould will seek re-election as an Independent candidate during the upcoming fall federal election. Wilson-Raybould made this announcement earlier today at a conference in her Vancouver Granville riding.
This move comes just two months after she was forced to leave the Liberal caucus. Back on April 2, 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expelled Wilson-Raybould from the Liberal caucus following the allegation that officials inappropriately pressured her into intervening in the SNC-Lavalin criminal case.
Trudeau televised the removal of Wilson-Raybould; during which time he said she could not stay because she could not express confidence in the caucus.
Wilson-Raybould was not the only one expelled. Jane Philpott was also let go from the caucus at the same time. According to CBC, she is also expected to make an announcement in her riding of Markham-Stouffville in Ontario later today.
Following the double expulsion, Philpott took to Facebook to post her thoughts about the manner. "Rather than acknowledge the obvious — that a range of individuals had inappropriately attempted to pressure the former attorney general in relation to a prosecutorial decision — and apologize for what occurred, a decision was made to attempt to deny the obvious — to attack Jody Wilson-Raybould's credibility and attempt to blame her," she wrote in a Facebook post.
"I ran to be a Member of Parliament for the purpose of improving people’s lives. Nothing will stop me from continuing in that pursuit."
Following the backlash, Trudeau never formally apologized for the scandal.
In April of this year, Wilson-Raybould stated that she felt inappropriate pressure from officials on the SNC-Lavalin criminal prosecution decision.
After her removal from the liberal caucus, Wilson-Raybould openly admitted to secretly recording calls with PM’s office. While she acknowledged that this was wrong, she claimed she did so because of the pressure she felt to intervene.
On May 24, 2019, Wilson-Raybould stated on her Twitter account that she would be making an important political announcement. While reactions were mixed, an overwhelming majority of people are wishing the best for Wilson-Raybould and are excited to see what will happen.
According to CTV, the former attorney general said she believes running as an independent is “the best way to transform our political culture.”