Speaker of the House of Commons Geoff Regan said the parliamentary privileges of former minister Jane Philpott were not violated when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided last week that she would no longer be able to sit as a member of the House of Commons as Liberal member.
Mr. Regan indicated in a ruling made Thursday morning that he has no role to play in the way caucuses behave.
M me Philpott stated that Mr. Trudeau had not followed the changes to the Law on the Parliament of Canada in 2015. They took away some powers to the party leaders to give them to the members.
The law provides that members of each parliamentary group must vote by secret ballot, immediately following a general election, for these new sections of the law to apply – or not – to their party. The expulsion process from the caucus was particularly targeted.
The Liberals never had such a vote, deciding in 2015 to refer the matter to a party convention. They finally informed the Speaker that they had implicitly chosen not to use the new rules.
Mr. Regan pointed out that the Speaker of the House does not have the power to interpret the results of a caucus decision and whether the law has been followed.