Justin Trudeau

Canada scandal: Justin Trudeau expels 2 former ministers from party

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expelled from party ranks 2 former Cabinet members he said had undermined the ruling Liberals.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seeking to quell a crisis that threatens his chances of re-election. Photo: Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday expelled his former attorney general and another ex-minister from the Liberal Party, as a corruption scandal continued to swirl months ahead of a federal election.

QuoteThe trust that previously existed between these 2 individuals and our team has been broken."
— Justin Trudeau

Trudeau in trouble: PM denies any wrongdoing in SNC-Lavalin case

Watch your step. Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Justin Trudeau broke his silence on the biggest scandal of his premiership this morning, insisting there was nothing illegal or unethical about his handling of a corruption case against engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin.

Why it matters: Trudeau’s popularity has been slumping ahead of his re-election bid in October. With his former attorney general claiming she felt “inappropriate” pressure to settle the case against SNC, Trudeau is now having to defend the image of an honest and transparent leader he's polished during his 4 years in office.