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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.

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.

Both women chose to run again as Independents, and campaigned with each other in their ridings.

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