Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Philpott resigns from cabinet in wake of SNC-Lavelin scandal

Jane Philpott, President of the Treasury Board, has resigned — citing the ongoing SNC-Lavalin scandal. “I have been considering the events that have shaken the federal government in recent weeks and after serious reflection, I have concluded that I must resign as a member of Cabinet,” she said in her resignation. (True North)
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