Wilson-Raybould, Philpott to run as Independents

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Indigenous MP Jody Wilson-Raybould hopes to hold her seat in the House of Commons as an independent.

The former attorney general, justice minister and veteran affairs minister for the Liberals announced her candidacy earlier this morning.

She will be running in her current riding of Vancouver Granville.

Jane Philpott also announced she would be running as an independent in the fall election.

The MP representing Markham-Stouffville in Ontario was first part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet as the Minister of Health and then took on Indigenous Services.

She was shuffled to the President of the Treasury Board earlier this year.

The two MPs resigned over the Liberal party’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Wilson-Raybould said she was inappropriately pressured by the prime minister to give a legal break to the engineering company.

The two women were then kicked out of the Liberal caucus in early April following their continuous vocal criticism of the prime minister and the Liberal party.

Before making their announcement, both MPs reportedly met with Green Party leader Elizabeth May to possibly join the party.

The pair justified their decision to run as independents by citing feedback from their constituents to work past partisan politics.

This year’s federal election will be on October 21.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com