Trudeau in a tight spot as second minister resigns

Mar 05, 2019, 4:05 AM EST
Treasury Board President Jane Philpott said she has lost confidence in the government's handling of an escalating political scandal.
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finds himself in a bind ahead of elections after a second member of his cabinet resigned on Monday, expressing disapproval over the way the government has responded to an escalating political scandal.

Trudeau government has been facing a firestorm of criticism after it emerged that his officials pressed former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould last year to help major construction SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. avoid a corruption trial, notes Al Jazeera.

Treasury Board President Jane Philpott’s resignation follows the departure of close friend Wilson-Raybould, who quit Trudeau’s cabinet on February 12, over her demotion in January, which she said, was a fallout of not helping SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., reports Reuters.

The opposition Conservative Party has called for Trudeau’s resignation over this “ethical rot,” and the prime minister, who came to power on the pledge of bringing more accountability in politics, is under pressure to come clean.