Jane Philpott, Independent who resigned from Justin Trudeau's cabinet, loses re-election bid
Jane Philpott, the former Liberal cabinet minister who ran as an Independent after being booted from caucus by Justin Trudeau, lost her bid for reelection in Monday's federal election.
The riding was captured by Liberal Helena Jaczek. Conservative Theodore Antony came in second.
In February, Philpott, who represented the riding of Markham—Stouffville, resigned from Trudeau's cabinet in protest of the Prime Minister's handling of the SNC Lavalin affair.
Parliament's ethics watchdog Mario Dion later found that Trudeau had violated the federal Conflict of Interest Act for putting inappropriate pressure on Jody Wilson-Raybould, another former Liberal cabinet minister, to offer a deferred prosecution agreement to embattled Quebec construction company SNC Lavalin.
Wilson-Raybould was Minister of Justice and Attorney General at the time.
“I will remember every single day of this campaign,” - @janephilpott says through tears as she thanks her family, friends, supporters and volunteers. #cdnpoli #onpoli #elxn43 #CanadaVotes pic.twitter.com/9U6BJ2J4bY— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) October 22, 2019
Trudeau booted Philpott and Wilson-Raybould — both of whom were expected to face a tough road to reelection — from the Liberal caucus in April. Philpott, nevertheleess, was considered one of the government's most talented and respected cabinet ministers.
@janephilpott thank you Jane for being genuine, for standing up for your principles with courage, tenacity and openness. We will miss your steady hand and presence in the HoC. Wishing you all the best for the future!— glyn humphries (@glyn1123) October 22, 2019
Both women chose to run again as Independents, and campaigned with each other in their ridings.
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