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MP who stopped liberal caucus wants to "work together" after friendly meeting with Trudeau



An Ontario MP who completed the Liberal Mortgage in connection with the SNC-Lavalin deal now says she believes it is important to "go ahead and work together for the greater good" after a friendly personal meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Celina Caesar-Chavannes, an independent MP for Whitby, Ont. who left the Liberals three months ago, told CTV News that she has no plans to run to the office again this fall and will not join the party. But she said her conversation with Trudeau on Friday was productive.

"We had a conversation today and both realize that things could have been different," Caesar-Chavannes told CTV News in a statement.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister's office refused to go into detail but described the meeting as "a nice personal conversation".

Shortly after the one-on-one, Caesar-Chavannes washed a photo of his sitting out at a picnic table with Trudeau. The couple seem to share a laugh.

The ex-liberal MEP described the tweet: "To be able to make politics differently, we must be different in politics. Despite our differences, arguments and political affiliations, I believe we must move on and work together for the greater good. Our societies, countries and world expects it. "

Trudeau replied with a tweet of his own: "It was good to see you, Celina."

The friendly meeting is a tough trip from just a few months ago. In March, Caesar-Chavannes told The Globe and Mail that the Prime Minister yelled at her in a phone call in February when she told him she would not seek re-election in the fall. She claimed that Trudeau acted with hostility against her in a second interaction a week later in the House of Commons when she tried to read the subject.

A PMO spokesman described the conversation as "emotional" but denied that Trudeau acted with hostility.

Caesar-Chavannes exit from Liberal caucus came shortly after Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott went down as liberal ministers. The couple later left the liberal kaucus and joined Caesar-Chavannes as independent. When she announced she would not run again, Caesar-Chavannes said it had nothing to do with the SNC Lavaline business.

Caesar-Chavannes was behind his former liberal colleagues and regularly tweeted her support for her decision to abstain from the prime minister. When Philpott and Wilson-Raybould announced they would run again as independent Caesar-Chavannes told CTVNews.ca that she would "surely consider" running 2019 as an independent MP, but now she decides.

"When you add women, please do not expect the status quo. Expect to make the right decision, stand for what is right and end when the host is compromised," she wrote in a 4th tweet in direct response to Philpot's retirement from cabinet .

Trudeau responded to Caesar-Chavanne's resignation in March by saying he respected his decision.


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