Former Liberal cabinet minister-turned Independent MP Jane Philpott says she's currently seriously exploring a range of options to continue her tenure as a federally elected politician, and is pushing back on accusations made about her intentions and motivations throughout the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
In an interview with CTV’s Question Period host Evan Solomon, Philpott spoke at length about what she says were limited efforts to have her stay a part of the Liberal team, and her current views on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's leadership.
Philpott was removed from the Liberal caucus on April 2, alongside former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould. The two women were the only Liberals to leave cabinet over accusations from Wilson-Raybould that she faced months of attempts from senior officials to have her intervene in the criminal prosecution of construction giant SNC-Lavalin, out of concern for jobs and the Liberals' political prospects in Quebec.
She said that while the door "at the moment" is closed to her running as a Liberal—the party she was elected under as a rookie in the 2015 campaign—she has "been approached by people of other parties and I’m weighing those options."