Trudeau crisis grows as minister quits

# 07:46
5 March 2019

One of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's top ministers has quit saying she has lost confidence in the government's handling of a corruption inquiry, ONA reports citing BBC.

Treasury Board President Jane Philpott said: "I must abide by my core values, my ethical responsibilities, constitutional obligations."

Mr Trudeau said he was disappointed by the resignation, but understood it.

He has denied political meddling to shield engineering firm SNC-Lavalin from a bribery trial.

Opposition Conservatives last week called on the Liberal PM to resign.

A number of opinion polls indicate Mr Trudeau's popularity is slipping in the run-up to a general election scheduled for October.