As the preliminary hearings for the SNC Lavalin case continue, the Prime Minister and members of parliament have been addressing the case to media. The past few weeks have been intense as more officials come forward to deliver their testimonies.
Wilson-Raybould initially addressed the issue at 2:44 PM PST on April 2, stating "I have just been informed by the Prime Minister of Canada that I am removed from the Liberal caucus and as the confirmed Vancouver Granville candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada in the 2019 federal election. More to come..."
Many Canadians responded to the tweet by stating that they're sticking behind Wilson-Raybould and believe her testimonies. The former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada has stated on several occasions that she was pressured by the Prime Minister and his office into mishandling the SNC Lavalin case.
I have just been informed by the Prime Minister of Canada that I am removed from the Liberal caucus and as the confirmed Vancouver Granville candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada in the 2019 federal election. More to come...— Jody Wilson-Raybould (@Puglaas) April 2, 2019
Wilson-Raybould has stated that she was pressured to offer SNC Lavalin a deferred prosecution, a legal tool that can be used in certain criminal cases. SNC is an engineering firm that is currently facing several bribery charges.
Moments ago, Wilson-Raybould's comments on Twitter were confirmed when Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Jody Wilson-Raybould is no longer in the Liberal caucus. In addition, Jane Philpott is also no longer in the Liberal caucus.
Jane Philpott was a Liberal MP and is the Former President of the Treasury Board. She resigned from her position amid the SNC-Lavalin controversy and said she "lost confidence in how the government has dealt with this matter and in how it has responded to the issues raised", according to CBC News. She was a respected and trusted senior cabinet minister.
In conclusion, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott will not be able to seek re-election under the Liberal Party after being ejected from the caucus, according to CBC News.