Future uncertain for M.P.s ousted from Liberal caucus

The two once high-level federal cabinet ministers in the Liberal government now find themselves unable to say what the future holds for them after they were thrown out of the caucus because of their actions in the SNC Lavalin affair.

Former Indigenous relations minister and Treasury Board president Jane Philpott could only tell reporters, ``I would like to think that there may be steps, that I could continue in a political role somehow, but I don't know what that will be.''

Former justice minister and short-lived veterans affairs minister Jody Wilson-Raybould would merely say, ``I need to take some time to reflect.''

Wilson-Raybould believes she was moved out of the prestigious justice portfolio to Veterans Affairs in a mid-January cabinet shuffle as punishment for refusing to intervene to stop the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin on bribery charges.

The revelation last week that Wilson-Raybould had surreptitiously recorded a phone conversation with the clerk of the Privy Council, to bolster her contention of undue pressure to help SNC, was the last straw for Liberal MPs.