And he said her decision to resign was not a surprise.
"I think women across the country are looking at that and understanding it", she said.
February 19 - Wilson-Raybould stuns observers by attending a meeting of the very cabinet from which she resigned a week earlier.
Then-Canada's Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott speaks during the Assembly of First Nations, Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, May 2, 2018.
Conservative leader of the Official Opposition Andrew Scheer has demanded that Justin Trudeau resign as prime minister. "Justin Trudeau simply can not continue to govern this country now that Canadians know what he has done", Scheer told reporters.
New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh reiterated his call for a public inquiry into the affair.
Also booked for a spot on the party fundraising circuit tonight: Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who will join former Olympic kayaker turned Liberal hopeful Adam van Koeverden at a $1,000-a-head reception in downtown Toronto and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who, after another day spent trumpeting the potential benefits of the new North American free trade deal to Quebec workers, is set to team up with Quebec MP Brenda Shanahan to rally supporters in the Chateauguay region.
That all changed in January when she was demoted, something she says is related to her refusal to bow to political pressure.
After Wilson-Raybould testified to the Justice committee last week of a "barrage of people hounding me and my staff" to defer the Québec construction firm's criminal trial to remediation, in which she placed Butts at the centre of this alleged political interference, he offered to tell his side of the story. Indeed, when Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet, Philpott tweeted a picture of the pair with their arms around each other.
The pair's departure is a blow to Trudeau's brand. According to an op-ed written by Christie Blatchford for Canada's National Post newspaper, "Women were invited to Trudeau's cabinet table, but expected to play by old boys' rules".
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Trudeau has admitted that he raised the issue of prosecution of the company with Wilson-Raybould, but insisted that he acted appropriately. The Montreal-based company provides some 9,000 jobs locally, and about 50,000 worldwide.
Justin Trudeau's reputation as the nice guy of worldwide politics took another potentially fatal blow this week after allegations of a scandal involving illegal lobbying, bribery and former Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi led to a second resignation.
September 4 - The prosecution service tells SNC-Lavalin it will not invite the firm to negotiate a remediation agreement. The controversy hinges on whether Trudeau and his officials pushed her too hard to do so.
Philpott said evidence of efforts by politicians and officials to pressure Wilson-Raybould had raised serious concerns.
Testimony before the justice committee of the House of Commons by Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick and former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould revealed a serious clash of wills between Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould about how to deal with corruption charges brought against engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.
"The solemn principles at stake are the independence and integrity of our justice system", Philpott wrote.
The next round of testimony on the affair is to come Wednesday.
"There can be a cost to acting on one's principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them", she said in a statement. Publicly, though, they have spoken in solidarity with the prime minister.
Trudeau has accepted Philpott's resignation and will address the matter later on Monday, said a spokesman for the prime minister. As minister of health, she worked with Wilson-Raybould in legalizing medical assistance in dying.
But not all who praised Philpott's work on Indigenous policies and legislation are supporting her decision to leave cabinet.