Second Trudeau Minister Resigns as Canada’s Political Crisis Swells

Second Trudeau Minister Resigns as Canada’s Political Crisis Swells

OTTAWA — Another minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada quit in protest on Wednesday over accusations that he and his aides tried to influence a criminal case against a multinational Canadian company accused of bribing the Libyan government.

The unexpected resignation compounds a growing political crisis that had already cost Mr. Trudeau another cabinet member and his top aide.

The latest to walk away from the government was Jane Philpott, who led the treasury board and was also a former health minister and minister of indigenous affairs.

“I’ve been considering the events that have shaken the government in recent weeks and after serious reflection, I have concluded that I must resign as a member of cabinet,” Ms. Philpott said.

In announcing her decision, Ms. Philpott cited accusations that Mr. Trudeau and his aides had exerted pressure on Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, to seek a settle in a criminal case against the company, SNC-Lavalin.

Ms. Philpott was among the few cabinet ministers to side with Ms. Wilson-Raybould, who quit the cabinet last month, also in protest.

“There can be a cost to acting on one’s principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them,” Ms. Philpott wrote.

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