JWR Philpott

CBC March 29, 2019

A growing number of Liberal MPs say they’re prepared to boot Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from caucus next week, according to a survey of dozens of Liberal MPs by CBC News.

CBC News has learned that MPs will discuss expelling the two women when they return to Parliament from their ridings next week.

Some MPs who don’t want to be identified say that if the matter of the two MPs’ caucus status isn’t on Wednesday’s caucus agenda, they’ll stand up at the meeting and ask their colleagues to vote on ejecting Wilson-Raybould and Philpott.

Liberal MPs from all regions of the country tell CBC News they feel the two former cabinet ministers can’t stay.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that they both have lost any right to be a part of this team,” Quebec MP Alexandra Mendès wrote in an email. She said serving in a party caucus requires “loyalty and team spirit.”

Many caucus members who once said they thought Wilson-Raybould and Philpott could remain now say they don’t understand how they can continue to identify as members of the Liberal Party given the damage done to the government by the SNC-Lavalin affair.

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