Trudeau’s ejection of Wilson-Raybould, Philpott under fire as young women gather on Parliament Hill

Each of the 338 seats in the House of Commons has — for a little while, at least — been filled by a young woman.

The Daughters of the Vote are in Ottawa today to learn about the challenges that a life in politics entails in a bid to get more women to run for office.

But as they take their seats in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing questions over his decision to eject former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould and former Treasury Board president Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus last night after both criticized his handling of the allegations of political interference at the heart of the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

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“I think we continue to work extremely hard on issues that matter to all Canadians, including gender equality,” Trudeau told reporters when asked if he can still call himself a feminist after kicking out two women who raised alarm bells over alleged “inappropriate” political meddling in the firm’s criminal case.

“I look forward to not just speaking to those young women who are here for Daughters of the Vote but listening to them … I have no doubt there will be questions about the internal challenges of the Liberal Party.”

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Both Wilson-Raybould and Philpott were in the gallery overlooking the House of Commons as roughly a dozen of the young women rose to give speeches focusing on the need for electoral reform to bring a more diverse range of voices into the chamber and for more concrete Indigenous reconciliation measures.


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