JWR Philpott

CBC April 1, 2019

Some Liberal MPs are pushing for an emergency meeting to decide whether Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott should be kicked out of caucus following the release of a secretly recorded call related to the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

The Liberal caucus executive held a conference call Sunday night. No decision or formal announcement has been made regarding whether, or when, a caucus-wide meeting might be held before the regularly scheduled one on Wednesday.

There’s a growing sense in the Liberal caucus that the two former cabinet ministers are damaging the Liberal brand, and that the continued slow leak of information about the SNC-Lavalin affair is going to make it harder for MPs in tight races to be re-elected.

That anxiety escalated Friday when the Commons justice committee released a new submission from Wilson-Raybould: a lengthy written statement, copies of emails and text messages and a 17-minute audiotape of a conversation she held with then-Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick.

Wilson-Raybould secretly recorded the Dec. 19 telephone call, explaining that she expected an “inappropriate” conversation and that she did not have a staff member present to take notes.

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