Wilson-Raybould Philpott

National Post April 8, 2019

Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott are seemingly alone in history for sticking to their beliefs and getting punished for it

Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott’s expulsion from caucus may be virtually without precedent in Canadian political history, suggests a review of Library of Parliament records.

No other MPs have resigned as cabinet ministers only to be subsequently ejected from their party’s caucus for taking a position on principle opposing their leader, according to parliamentary records dating back to William Lyon Mackenzie King’s time as prime minister from 1921 to 1948.

The two former cabinet ministers were ejected from caucus last Tuesday as a result of the SNC-Lavalin scandal that has embroiled the Trudeau government — when it came to light in February that the prime minister and his staff allegedly tried to interfere in the prosecution of the Quebec company.

There are five other MPs whose departures bear some similarities, but none of the circumstances are identical to Wilson-Raybould’s and Philpott’s.

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