TORONTO - Lately, in their fund-raising drive, Trudeau’s “Liberals” have been advertising themselves as a political “movement”. Jump aboard, they say. Not so fast. That movement today is a total train wreck and all operations are now completely dedicated to salvage and clean up.
That’s the most positive statement one can muster up about the Trudeau government after yesterday’s marathon house of Commons Justice Committee Hearings and subsequent press conferences by the Leaders of the Parliamentary Caucuses.
The Prime Minister capped o. the evening with a bizarre presentation/defense – in Montreal, not Ottawa – flanked by the newly-elected MP from Outremont, using as a backdrop a group of of young people (high school students?). There wasn’t an “adult” in the room.
Those visuals and Trudeau’s defiant, arrogant, reply to Wilson-Raybould’s four hours of testimony was reflective of the quality of advice Justin Trudeau has been receiving from his “handlers” (Butts and Telford, or anyone else foolish enough to want to take credit).
That counsel has been devoid of any demonstrable vision grounded in national interest or good governance. Just flu. and image. It backfired in Committee.
The Liberal MPs tried their incompetent best to make the hearing about Wilson-Raybould. Two male members on the Committee were particularly belligerent and demeaning in their efforts to heap blame and scorn on Wilson-Raybould.
It was a pathetic, shameful, drive-by smear exercise, made no less so because three Liberal, female MPs tried their wily best to project the view that “Gerry” (Gerald Butts and the sta. in the PMO) the PM would “never do such a thing”, and, that, therefore, it must really have been her (Jody Wilson-Raybould) fault.
That “thing”, of course, is the sustained and persistent, political, pressure to interfere in a judicial process. “Gerry” and Trudeau wanted the then Attorney General, Wilson-Raybould, to reverse her decision to allow the government’s chief prosecutor to proceed with criminal charges against a corporate citizen, SNC Lavalin.
Rule of law be damned. That principle applies to Huawei (if that paragon of virtuous government, Donald Trump allows), or to Venezuela’s Maduro but surely cannot be applied to us. Well, yes, it can; and it does. Prosecution in criminal court may not necessarily result in a conviction.
Only the weight of the irrefutable evidence determined by a presiding judge and/or jury may do that. But the process is vital to our democratic institutions. Ironically, all the pressure being exerted to save SNC Lavalin this grief suggests that the corporation is guilty beyond any reasonable doubt.
A corporation cannot go to jail. But its o§cers and Board are responsible and liable. A corrupt business class cannot be allowed to associate with a healthy, rightsbased society. Jody Wilson-Raybould understands that. The Prime Minister’s advisors and their snivelling operatives on the Justice Committee do not. It remains to be seen whether Justin Trudeau has learned that lesson; or whether it is too late.