On March 4, Jane Philpott announced unexpectedly that she was resigning from cabinet. The former Treasury Board president and health minister likely recalled that as physicians, we are taught to be honest and transparent with our patients, colleagues and other health professionals. Sadly, we have all recently witnessed that these high standards do not seem to apply to many politicians. Thankfully, she and former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould are exceptions.
Wilson-Raybould testified on Feb. 27 before the House of Commons Justice Committee regarding the SNC-Lavalin affair. She detailed how she and her staff were subjected to a “consistent and sustained effort” to persuade her to interfere in a judicial decision. There had been at least 10 phone calls, 10 meetings, and several text messages from 11 persons in the Prime Minister’s Office and other departments.
She was clear, orderly, concise, factual and damning.