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Trudeau should apologize for violation of ethics code: Philpott

Last Updated Aug 15, 2019 at 8:35 am MDT

FILE - Former Health Minister Jane Philpott, right, speaks as former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould looks on at a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday, April 14, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – Former Liberal cabinet minister turned Independent MP Jane Philpott says the people of Canada still “deserve an apology” from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the SNC-Lavalin affair.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Philpott says since the ethics commissioner found Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act, “that is one of the things” he should apologize for.

Trudeau said Wednesday he takes full responsibility for the SNC-Lavalin affair, but he refused to apologize for what he called standing up for Canadian jobs, which he said is what Canadians expect him to do.

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Philpott, however, says that’s not why Canadians want to hear him say he’s sorry.

She is seeking re-election in the federal riding of Markham-Stouffville as an Independent while former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, the central player in the controversy, is doing the same in the B.C. riding of Vancouver Granville.

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Philpott says she took a stand based on principle because she believes her constituents wanted her to uphold the highest ethical standard and she welcomes the “validation” in the ethics commissioner’s report.