OTTAWA - In a serious blow to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a second member of his Cabinet resigned on Monday (March 4), saying she had "lost confidence" in how the government had dealt with an escalating political scandal.
Jane Philpott, a key member of Trudeau's Cabinet, said she was quitting over the government's response to allegations that officials inappropriately pressured former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to help major construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid being tried for corruption.
"Sadly, I have lost confidence in how the government has dealt with this matter and in how it has responded to the issues raised," Philpott said in a statement. "I have concluded that I must resign as a member of cabinet."
Andrew Scheer, head of the official opposition Conservative Party, repeated calls for Trudeau to quit amid "ethical rot" he said was undermining the rule of law.