Gerald Butts scheduled to speak on SNC-Lavalin case Wednesday morning

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Treasury Board president Jane Philpott, considered a star minister, said in a resignation letter that it was "untenable" for her to continue in the Cabinet because she could not defend the government.

Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould testified to the Canadian Parliament last week that the prime minister and other members of the cabinet had been pressuring her to settle the case with a small fine for the firm.

She added: "There can be a cost to acting on one's principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them".

Moreover Wilson-Raybould has announced her intention to be a Liberal candidate in the next election.

At a Liberal party rally in Toronto, Trudeau said he was taking Philpott's concerns seriously. Many were already lining up to express their fealty Monday.

Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O'Regan says whether or not Philpott and Wilson-Raybould stay in caucus is up to the Prime Minister, but O'Regan says he's still behind Trudeau one hundred per cent.

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In 2012 SNC-Lavalin's Vice-President Construction Riadh Ben Aissa was convicted and imprisoned in Switzerland of fraud, in connection with illegal payments to obtain Libyan contracts.

"It is a huge privilege for me to serve in this government, to serve as foreign minister for Canada", she said. "It is a fundamental doctrine of the rule of law that our Attorney General should not be subjected to political pressure or interference regarding the exercise of her prosecutorial discretion in criminal cases".

Philpott is a close friend of Wilson-Raybould, who herself resigned on February 12 after she was unexpectedly demoted in January. New Democratic Party MP Niki Ashton, for example, voiced her support for both Philpott and Wilson-Raybould on Twitter, saying she had "respect for the strong principled women standing up to Trudeau and his crew". Now two of his most high-profile female Cabinet ministers have resigned in solidarity. (Ms. Caesar-Chavannes is not seeking re-election, for reasons she said are unrelated to this affair.) "Expect us to make correct decisions, stand for what is right and exit when our values are compromised".

The testimony from Wilson-Raybould threatens to badly damage their chances.

Indigenous and federal opposition leaders were quick to respond to the Trudeau cabinet's loss of a minister widely regarded as an Indigenous ally and a decision-maker committed to seeing through policy and legislative reform on Indigenous files.

Seems that thanks to the bungling of our prime minister, Canada has lost the services of an outstanding attorney general. Wilson-Raybould suggested she was demoted as retaliation for not succumbing to the pressure to merely fine the company rather than going to trial.

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It appears Trudeau has been waiting for Butts to do the heavy lifting of directly contradicting Wilson-Raybould's version of events before weighing in more fully himself.

Chartrand, who is also President of the Manitoba Metis Federation, said Philpott's resignation as Treasury Board president could hurt Metis.

Erskine-Smith told CBC Radio's "Metro Morning" Tuesday that while he is "frustrated" to see issues he cares about pushed to the sideline - such as the fight against climate change - Liberals must do more to be open and transparent.

In her explosive testimony last week, Wilson-Raybould said a provincial election in Quebec, Trudeau's status as a Quebec MP, and the looming general election all surfaced in conversations on the issue that continued after a decision was made.

Butts resigned from Trudeau's office last month, insisting neither he nor anyone else in the Prime Minister's Office had done anything wrong but saying he didn't want to be a distraction from the government's work.

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