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SNC-Lavalin saga ‘unsettling’ and ‘confusing’ for Liberal caucus, damages the party especially in suburban and rural ridings: Liberal MPs

By Abbas Rana      

All Liberal MPs, including Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, should air their concerns and misgivings inside the caucus, not outside, as it’s damaging the party, says Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a press conference in Ottawa last week to discuss the SNC-Lavalin controversy, but more trouble appears to be on the horizon as former cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould, top, and Jane Philpott, resigned their top jobs over how he's handled the crisis and Grit MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes has taken to twitter to criticize his leadership style. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia & Andrew Meade

As the SNC-Lavalin saga drags on with no end in sight, one Liberal MP is urging former cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, and his other caucus colleagues to bring any outstanding issues to the caucus and hash them out “within the family,” as MPs say the public airing of grievances by the two departed ministers is damaging the party and leaving them “confused” over how to deal with it.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times. He reports on the Parliamentary caucuses, nomination contests, political leadership campaigns, Elections Act laws, and the Senate. Abbas loves to chat with sources on-the-record or on not-for- attribution basis especially when they have verifiable story tips that could be followed as news stories. Brown envelopes are also always a lot of interest to him. Born and raised in Pakistan, Abbas speaks Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi. When not chasing politicians down on the Hill, he likes to watch cricket and movies.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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