Speaker shuts down Philpott’s claim that PM contravened law with caucus expulsions

Speaker Geoff Regan ruled that he has no jurisdiction to rule on Jane Philpott’s claim that the prime minister broke parliamentary law when he booted her and Jody Wilson-Raybould from Liberal caucus.

“The Chair is unable to conclude that the member from Markham-Stouffville has been obstructed in the fulfillment of her parliamentary functions. Accordingly, I cannot find that there is a prima facie question of privilege,” Regan said in the House of Commons on Thursday.

He also said the Speaker has no role in interpreting internal caucus votes.