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Readers are actively discussing the removal of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from Liberal caucus Tuesday evening. This is a special evening edition of From the Comments.

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Justin Trudeau expelled Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus and as candidates in the fall election, saying their criticism of his role in the SNC-Lavalin affair had broke the bonds of trust and helped the government’s political opponents.CHRIS WATTIE/Reuters

Jack Reacher:

Pretty sad to see this contempt for the truth by the Liberal caucus in what is supposed to be a free and open society. This just fuels the perception that the Liberal Party is controlled by powerful back room boys. If ever in the history of Canada a person should be booted out of caucus it would be Prime Minister Trudeau.

Janet Miller 77:

One by one the intelligent and ethical Liberals are being forced out of the party. The cabinet looked thin in terms of talent and brains before and currently it’s threadbare. I would like to know who voted for and against this travesty of justice.


Finally Justin Trudeau has the fortitude to make a decision and remove Ms. Wilson-Raybould and Ms. Philpott from the Liberal party. It is about time. These two former ministers were, most recently, just in it for themselves. Now it is time to move past the SNC-Lavalin affair and pass the legislation before the fall election.

P. J. Bell:

Everyone, even Jody Wilson-Raybould, messed up. This whole affair should never have happened. I feel sick about this, mostly because this may cost the Liberals the election. I am angry at all parties. If only she wasn’t “fired!” Or that’s what she thought and it’s a reasonable conclusion. Her anger exploded and this is the sad result.

Eclectic voyeur:

The inevitable conclusion to the Jody Wilson-Raybould saga, with nobody to blame but herself. Good riddance!


She has caused her party a dramatic drop in the polls and might even lose them the election. Either we have the party system or we don't; we do, therefore kick her out.

Joe B11:

If Jody Wilson-Raybould just went along with Justin Trudeau, she loses. If she records the conversation to protect herself, she loses. She didn’t have many good options is this situation except to let the PMO run the judiciary system.
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Former Canadian Treasury Board President Jane Philpott leaves West Block after being ousted from Liberal caucus April 2, 2019.CHRIS WATTIE/Reuters

Heather Geverding in response:

There was always that pathologically resisted option of being reasonable and seeking additional legal opinion. But why do that when you can pull the whole shower curtain down with you as you go?


I am a believer in liberal democracy. The Trudeau party is neither liberal or democratic. It seems more attuned to striking down dissent than attacking corporate and political malfeasance. What a Trudeau legacy.


Most Canadians understand Justin Trudeau and the Liberals were elected to govern as they saw fit. Surely a mistake, but in the Liberal Party of Canada rules and laws mean nothing once in power. People who get in the way of what Liberals want must be axed regardless of what the law says. Justin Trudeau isn't here for anyone but himself and his friends. Now get with the program or get crushed.

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