Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has come under increasing pressure over a political scandal [Chris Wattie/Reuters]

In a serious blow to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a second member of his cabinet in Canada resigned saying she had lost confidence in how the government had dealt with an escalating political scandal.

The departure of recently appointed Treasury Board President Jane Philpott, who was in charge of government spending, deprives Trudeau of another powerful female member of cabinet just months before an election that polls show he could lose.

Philpott expressed unhappiness about the government’s response to allegations that officials

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