Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is amazed at the split in the Liberal warning for the SNC-Lavalin relationship, insisting that his team is strong and united.
"I am extremely proud of the Liberal Party, that we are focusing on the things that matter to Canadian," said Trudeau today after an event in Winnipeg.
Two cabinet ministers, the chief secretary of Trudeau and the clerk to the Privy Council have resigned following allegations of inappropriate political interference in the criminal prosecution of the global engineering and construction company in Quebec.
Some Liberal MPs have accused colleagues Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott of dragging out the SNC-Lavalin. Liberal MP Judy Scro said last week that they should "pick up or close" by using their parliamentary privilege to air any complaints that are left in the House of Commons.
Wilson-Raybould has said that she believed it had been ruled out of the ministry of justice for Veterans Affairs for refusing to pursue a deferred prosecution agreement for SNC-Lavalin which would have prevented her criminal prosecution on bribery charges involving contracts. Libya. Trudeau has denied her claims.
Raybould resigned from cabinet last month. Philpott resigned as president of the Treasury Board earlier this month, saying she had lost confidence in the way the government was discussing the issue of SNC-Lavalin.
No civil war
But today, when asked if he faces a civil war in the ranks, Trudeau insisted that his team remained completely sound.
"Because of the great opportunity to vote as a team for 30 hours last week, where we watched the Conservatives vote against everything from support to women's programs to support our veterans to support our military, our team has t becoming stronger and more united than ever from the front, "he told reporters in Winnipeg.
Trudeau's comments come as MPs on the House of Commons ethics committee prepare to vote on whether hearings should be held in the SNC-Lavalin relationship. The Conservatives will comment before 1 pm. Meet ET at 12:30 p.m. ET and CBCNews.ca will carry both live.
Conservative MP and ethics critic Peter Kent has drafted a proposal to launch an inquiry, call Wilson-Raybould and Philpott to testify by April 5 and formally ask Trudeau to extend a waiver to enable him to speak freely.
The move comes after Liberal MPs used their majority on the House of Commons justice committee to close an inquiry, despite the opposition's request to remember Wilson-Raybould to testify for the second time. That prompted gross accusations that sparked the Conservatives to hold a 31-hour voting marathon in the House of Commons in protest.
Kent said it was now time for the ethics committee to look for solutions.
"After Liberals on justice closed their incomplete study too early, it became entirely appropriate for ethics to create a study of our own, to provide a safe and civil forum for Ms. Wilson-Raybould and Ms Philpott to go to; he addressed unanswered issues and talked to events and conversations beyond the narrow omission initially proposed by the prime minister, "he told CBS News.
Office of Conflicts of Interest and Ethics Mario Dion's office is also conducting an investigation. Kent said that a probe will be "very narrow" due to the limits of the Conflict of Interest Act, while the Conservative motion would lead to a "wider study of ethical issues in the PM's ongoing pollution scandal."
Trudeau's caucus troubles are not confined to SNC-Lavalin's results. Last week, Ontario MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes gave the best to the Liberal caution and chose to sit as Independent after the Globe and Mail announced an interview where Trudeau said she was & # 39 hostile towards her after she told her that she would not try to be re-elected.