Speaker Says Philpott’s Caucus Expulsion Not A Matter Of MP Privilege

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Published on : April 11, 2019 7:29

Jane Philpott’s parliamentary privileges were not violated when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau booted her and fellow former cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould out of the Liberal caucus last week, the Speaker of the House of Commons ruled Thursday.

Geoff Regan said he has no role in deciding how caucuses should conduct themselves.

Moreover, he said the Parliament of Canada Act expressly bars the courts from intervening in such matters.

“This leaves caucuses alone with the authority to govern their internal operations,” Regan told the Commons.

“With the full authority given to caucuses themselves in such unequivocal terms, it is clear that the chair has no role in the interpretation or enforcement of the statute, even when members feel rudderless without what they feel would be clearly stated and understood rules.”

Philpott argued Tuesday that Trudeau did not follow reforms made to the Parliament of Canada Action 2015 that were supposed to give MPs more power over caucus decisions, including whether to expel members, rather than leave them entirely up to party leaders.

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