Ex-Federal Liberal Agency of Canada director calls for party probe into expulsion of Wilson-Raybould and Philpott

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      For more than three decades, Vancouver chartered professional accountant Elbert King (Bert) Paul was a loyal federal Liberal.

      He served on the board of the Federal Liberal Agency of Canada, which is the party's chief agent. And he chaired its audit committee.

      Today, Paul asked the Liberal Party of Canada president, Suzanne Cowan, to launch an "independent investigation" into the April 2 expulsion of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus.

      In a letter to Cowan, Paul cited a recent interview with Conservative MP Michael Chong on CBC's Power & Politics show.

      In that interview, Chong stated that the two expulsions violated section 49(2) of the Parliament of Canada Act.

      "Mr. Chong stated that the LPC caucus violated the Act by not holding recorded votes when expelling the members of the caucus," Paul wrote in his letter.

      He added that he has studied the relevant section of the legislation, which says a caucus chair must receive a written notice signed by at least 20 percent of the caucus requesting an MP's membership be reviewed.

      That must be followed by a secret ballot.

      "Prime Minister Trudeau stated on CTV News on April 2, 2019 that 'he made the difficult decision to remove Ms. Wilson-Raybould and Dr. Philpott from the Liberal caucus'," Paul wrote.

      Later in his letter, he stated that he agreed with Chong's assertion that the expulsion of Wilson-Raybould and Philpott from caucus was "unlawful".

      Paul closed his letter by stating that it is "vital that we protect the public interest relating to the rule of law".

      He copied the correspondence to Canada's chief electoral officer, Stéphane Perreault.

      "I have specific concerns arising from possible contravention of the Canada Election Act pertaining to the rights of disenfranchised liberal voters in the ridings of Vancouver Granville and Markham-Stouffville [which are represented by Wilson-Raybould and Philpott]," Paul stated. "I, along with Canadians, await your response with deep concern."

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