Ottawa Political Turmoil Forces PM to Cancel Stop

A scheduled visit by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Regina has been cancelled.

Trudeau spokesperson Eleanore Catenaro confirmed the prime minister is going to return to Ottawa for private meetings.

His cancellation comes one day after Treasury Board president Jane Philpott resigned from cabinet amidst accusations of political interference in the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

Trudeau was scheduled to appear at a Canadian Tire store to speak about climate incentive rebates.

Reports were circulating on social media that Trudeau's visit was cancelled after Canadian Tire received complaints about the event, but a spokeswoman for the company said it was Trudeau who changed his schedule.

Trudeau has been in high-level meetings with his senior staff inside his office in Ottawa, after cancelling the events he had scheduled in Regina on Tuesday.

Sources tell CTV News the Prime Minister is considering next steps in attempting to manage the ongoing scandal, including the possibility of delivering a message of contrition in the coming days.

This message shift would be towards remorse or taking responsibility for how the scandal -- centred on how his senior staff interacted with former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould on SNC-Lavalin’s criminal case -- has been handled. 

A possible change in tune comes a day after Jane Philpott resigned from cabinet, saying that she has lost confidence in the way the government is handling the scandal, and a day before his former principal secretary Gerald Butts is set to testify before the House Justice Committee.

Trudeau is scheduled to be in “private meetings” on Wednesday when Butts takes his seat before the committee of MPs, and it’s expected he’ll be following the day’s events.

Trudeau has been facing calls to resign after Wilson-Raybould testified at that committee last week that she faced high-level "veiled threats" and "sustained" political interference from nearly a dozen people to try to get her to instruct federal prosecutors to drop the criminal prosecution of the Quebec construction and engineering company that is facing bribery and corruption charges over business dealings in Libya.

The Liberal party says a fundraiser that was planned for Trudeau on Tuesday evening will be rescheduled.