Justin Trudeau: Potentially Criminal Involvement?
For the last month, Canadians have been deeply disturbed by reports of attempted political interference by Justin Trudeau and senior members of his staff – interference relating to the prosecution of Quebec construction company SNC-Lavalin on bribery and corruption charges. The inappropriate pressure by Trudeau and his senior staff was revealed by former Attorney General (AG), Jody Wilson-Raybould, in front of the Justice Committee on February 27th.
Since then, Justin Trudeau and his former Principal Advisor Gerry Butts, along with the head of the Public Service Michael Wernick, seem to be doing their best to mislead the public and misrepresent Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s statements.
They say that she experienced things differently than they did. Nobody believes this excuse but the most partisan Liberals. The Prime Minister’s deflections have become too much for some members of his own government. Jane Philpott, considered a top cabinet Minister, resigned from her position due to this deeply unethical, and possibly illegal behaviour by the Prime Minister.
Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony speaks for itself: “I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion.” This is a clear and direct statement, but the Liberals have tried to say that this is just “her truth” and that they have their own “perspective” on the issue.
The Liberals continue to prevent Jody Wilson-Raybould from speaking, using their majority on the Justice committee to block her from telling the rest of her story. The former AG is still bound by parliamentary rules that stop her from discussing key events. Only the Prime Minister can let her speak, and he has refused to do so.
Canada is governed by the rule of law. Justin Trudeau does not get to bend the law for his own political purposes. He has lost the moral authority to govern. After electing Justin Trudeau on big promises to make government more ethical, Canadians are now seeing that these are just the same old Liberals.
If indeed Justin Trudeau did nothing wrong, why did Jody Wilson-Reybould and Jane Philpott resign from cabinet? Why did Gerry Butts, his Principal Secretary and best friend, resign? And why did Michael Wernick, the Clerk of the privy Council – the highest ranking public servant in the country – “retire”?