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Canada's Trudeau expels two ex-ministers from ruling party in bid to end scandal

Updated : 2019-04-03 12:11:20

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday sought to quell a crisis that threatens his chances of re-election, expelling from party ranks two former Cabinet members he said had undermined the ruling Liberals.Trudeau said former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and former Treasury Board chief Jane Philpott would no longer be allowed to sit as Liberal legislators. They were also barred from running for the party in the federal election this October. The Liberals have been in turmoil since Wilson-Raybould said in February that officials had inappropriately pressured her last year while she was justice minister to ensure that construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc escape a corruption trial.

Former Canadian Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould leaves West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)
Former Canadian Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould leaves West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)
Former Canadian Treasury Board President Jane Philpott leaves West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)
Former Canadian Treasury Board President Jane Philpott leaves West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a Liberal Party caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a Liberal Party caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a Liberal Party caucus meeting. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a Liberal Party caucus meeting. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is applauded while speaking during a Liberal Party caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is applauded while speaking during a Liberal Party caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)
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