After her expulsion from the Liberal caucus earlier this month for openly disagreeing with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the handling of the SNC-Lavalin scandal, former cabinet minister Jane Philpott raised a question of privilege saying her former leader had contravened the Reform Act law governing the expulsion of MPs from parliamentary caucuses. To bolster her claim in her House speech on April 9, she referenced the act, part of the Parliament of Canada Act that spells out rules about expulsion, readmission of MPs from their respective caucuses, leadership reviews, election of interim leaders, and the election and removal of caucus chairs. According to the act, to boot an MP from a parliamentary caucus, the chair requires a notice from 20 per cent of caucus members, and a majority vote in support of ejection.
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