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"There are a number of people who are incredibly anxious we are going to lose the progress we have made; and we are going to see a government led by an individual who has coddled Yellow Vesters; and who has really cultivated support from groups and organizations that he should be shunning and pushing away", Erskine-Smith said.

Her resignation comes less than a month after Jody Wilson-Raybould stepped down.

"It is a fundamental doctrine of the rule of law that our attorney-general should not be subjected to political pressure or interference regarding the exercise of her prosecutorial discretion in criminal cases", Philpott wrote in a letter to Trudeau.

A poll by Ipsos for Global News, which the company released Tuesday, found women responding to the pollsters were more critical of Trudeau's handling of the affair than men.

Cameras follow Jody Wilson Raybould as she waits to appear in front of the Justice committee in Ottawa
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The prime minister said Monday his government both respected judicial independence and pushed to defend jobs, reiterating that he contemplated helping the firm avoid a trial on economic grounds.

In the Canadian political system, party leaders are elected at formal conventions and can not be deposed by a simple vote of legislators, which means any move to push out Trudeau would take a long time.

Philpott is a close friend of Wilson-Raybould, who resigned on February 12 after she was unexpectedly demoted in January.

October 9 - The prosecution service confirms in writing it will not invite SNC-Lavalin to negotiate a remediation agreement, a decision the company challenges in Federal Court.

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Philpott has been widely seen as one of Trudeau's most capable ministers. She told parliamentary hearings last week that she no longer had confidence to sit around the cabinet table.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer calls on Trudeau to resign over his role in undermining the administration of justice and trying to overturn an independent decision by the attorney general.

A key part of this has been the promotion of identity politics, with Trudeau claiming to be pursuing a "feminist" foreign policy as his government integrates Canada still more fully into the USA military-strategic offensives-against Russia, China, and now Venezuela-and touting a gender-balanced, unprecedentedly ethnically diverse cabinet. In Quebec, where the issue matters most, the Liberals become by default the champion of local head offices, jobs, and incomes, regardless of how the SNC-Lavalin corruption case turns out. The first to quit was Trudeau's former attorney general.

She added: "There can be a cost to acting on one's principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them". They worked particularly closely when Wilson-Raybould was justice minister and Philpott was health minister, on legislation such as the assisted dying and cannabis bills.

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Jagmeet Singh, leader of Canada's left-of-center New Democratic Party, reiterated his call for a public inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin case on Monday, and called on Trudeau and other officials Wilson-Raybould cited in her explosive testimony to also appear before the Justice Committee of the House of Commons of Canada under oath. Wilson-Raybould said last week she was convinced her refusal to help SNC-Lavalin was behind the demotion. She says that was the argument he was making behind the scenes - go soft on this company, or else they'll leave Canada.

Philpott was following in the footsteps of Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former attorney general who claimed she had been pressured by Trudeau and some of his senior advisors to end prosecution of the Montreal company.

Similar to Wilson-Raybould, Philpott did not announce any intentions of leaving the Liberal Party or resigning her seat in Parliament. He also suggested that Philpott had been unhappy in her position "for some time", and that "I understand her decision to step down and I want to thank her for her service".

The Liberals use their feminist agenda as a talking point but undermine powerful women by referring to them with gendered language and old tropes, Raitt said. Indeed, when Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet, Philpott tweeted a picture of the pair with their arms around each other.

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