Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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Philpott resigns from Trudeau cabinet


OTTAWA - Treasury Board president Jane Philpott has resigned from the federal cabinet, saying she's lost confidence in the way the Trudeau government has dealt with the SNC-Lavalin affair.

In her resignation letter she says a minister must always be prepared to defend other ministers publicly, and must speak in support of the government and its policies.

Her letter to the prime minister goes on to say that given this convention and the current circumstances, it is untenable for me to continue to serve as a cabinet minister.

In a statement, Trudeau said he accepted Philpott's resignation "and thanked her for her years of service to Canadians and her dedication."

He says Carla Qualtrough, the minister of public services and procurement, takes over immediately as acting president of the Treasury Board. …

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