What’s next for Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott?
Since being ousted from the Liberal caucus in early April (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expelled the pair, saying their criticism of the PMO’s role in the SNC-Lavalin affair had broken bonds of trust and helped the government’s political opponents), the former senior cabinet ministers have been considering their political options ahead of an election expected in October.
Ms. Wilson-Raybould is set to reveal her plans in Vancouver at 12 p.m. ET, while Ms. Philpott will be in Markham, Ont., to make her announcement at 12:30 p.m ET.
For weeks, speculation has run rampant that the pair will join Elizabeth May’s Green Party – a move that could bolster a recent surge for the party that will see its caucus double when newly elected MP Paul Manly joins Ms. May in the House on Monday.
But CBC News reported Sunday evening that neither Ms. Wilson-Raybould nor Ms. Philpott will run for the Greens in October.
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