What's next for Wilson-Raybould and Philpott?

It's Day 1 of a new political life for Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, and it remains to be seen what they will do now that both been kicked out of the Liberal caucus.

Up until the last moment yesterday, the former justice minister and attorney general was fighting to stay in the Liberal party, seeking understanding for why she refused to bow to pressure she alleges she came under to help engineering firm S-N-C Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.

Philpott, the former Indigenous relations minister, and short-lived Treasury Board president did not try to stay.

Last evening a sombre-sounding Trudeau told caucus members -- quote -- ``We've taken every effort to address their concerns, and ultimately, if they can't honestly say that they have confidence in this team ... then they cannot be part of this team.''

He says the dissident M-Ps risked a civil war within the Liberal party.

The last straw for Wilson-Raybould appeared to come after she revealed she secretly recorded a key phone conversation between herself and former Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick, the country's top bureaucrat.

What the future holds for these two is still unclear.

Jody Wilson-Raybould tweeted last night she will take some time to reflect on her next steps, but added she will hold her head high believing she did the right thing and told her truth.

 

Jane Philpott posted on Facebook that she will serve her constituents in Ontario's Markham-Stouffville riding for the rest of her term, suggesting she isn't planning to run for re-election under another banner.

 

It appears they may have options.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the ejection of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus sends the message -- quote -- ``If you tell the truth, there is no room for you in the Liberal Party of Canada.''

Scheer appeared to invite the two former ministers and their supporters to join his party, issuing a statement that read -- ``If you believe that speaking truth to power should be rewarded, not punished, there is a place for you in the Conservative Party of Canada.''

 

With files from NEWSTALK 1010