MP Anthony Rota is not sure if the SNC-Lavalin affair will end up being an election issue for him locally.

“The game in Ottawa often is, it’s getting close to the election and the opposition is looking for something to whip up and they’ve managed to find something to whip up,” said the representative for Nipissing-Timiskaming. “They’re doing very well with it but you know what? This could blow back in their face.”

Rota said he has received some requests for information and answers from constituents but says as this is an ongoing matter, what citizens are searching for will come out as the process unfolds.

“We’re seeing it develop,” said Rota, “it’s certainly interesting, I’ve never seen anything like this before. But, what’s interesting is Canadians want an open government…so it’s going to be interesting to see how this all evolves.

Following the demotion and testimony of Vancouver Granville MP Jody Wilson-Raybould (the former Justice Minister and Attorney General) and the resignation from the cabinet position of President of the Treasury Board by Markham-Stouffville MP Jane Philpott, there has been speculation of further discord in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s party.

Rota said, “I see two ministers who decided, you know what, maybe this isn’t the job for them. They are still in the party, they still support the Liberal Party strongly. It’s certainly interesting times.”

When asked if he supports Wilson-Raybould remaining in caucus, Rota replied, “Let’s wait and see how that all works out. The decision will likely have to be between her and the Prime Minister.”