Hear Jane Philpott interview on CBC radio
Jane Philpott, who was expelled from the federal Liberal Paty caucus this week, along with Jody Wilson-Raybould, spoke about the affair on CBC Radio this Morning. Asked by Anna Maria Tremonti on The Current why she chose to sacrifice her political career over this issue, Philpott said this:
“I chose the truth. I chose to act on principles that are so important to the future of our country. That’s more important than my political career. I got into politics to improve people’s lives, to be the very best member of parliament for Markham-Stouffville that I could possibly be, to stand up for truth to represent what I heard from my constituents. If that means that — in some way — I’ve been taken out of opportunities that I had before, it makes me very sad. I loved the work that I was able to do, but I have to be able to speak to my children and my mother and my husband and say I did the right thing. And to my constituents and say I did the right thing.”
You can read excerpts and hear the full interview here.
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Which means she – and Jody Wilson-Rayboult- were exceptional politicians who understand the relationship between “Rule of law” and “doing the right thing”. Sadly, as David Miliband pointed out this morning we live in “the age of impunity” (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/05/america-impunity-yemen).