The sleaze spreads

So, I see that The Guardian, in the UK, has noticed that “For Canadian liberals, or indeed any of us who cling to outdated ideas such as good governance and liberal democratic values, it was like watching a unicorn get flattened by a lorry. Earlier this week, Canada’s undeniably gorgeous, halo-bound Liberal prime minister, Justin Trudeau – proud feminist, defender of minority rights, advocate for transparency, jody_wilson-raybouldinclusivity and decency, and prince of the one-armed push-up– was morally eviscerated over four-hours of astonishing testimony by his own former attorney general and justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould – a woman of great integrity and a rare Indigenous Canadian cabinet minister … [and, says the author, Canadian journalist Leah McLaren, who is, currently, based in London] … If her [Jody Wilson-Raybould’s] testimony – based on copious meeting notes as well as emails and text messages – proves true, Trudeau’s behaviour was way beyond the bounds of what was fair or decent. It was sleazy, plain and simple. And for a leader whose entire brand identity, right down to the toes of his cotton rainbow socks, is based on fairness and decency, that’s pure political poison.

But Ms McLaren, being a charter member of the Harper Hater team, cannot resist being a lackey of the Trudeau progressive wing of the Liberal Party of Canada as she says that “for Canadian Liberals, and indeed for “small l” liberals everywhere … [it is very Justin-Trudeau-Corruptionclear that Leah McLaren has no idea about what real “small l liberalism” might mean, but that’s pretty normal for people of her age group] … For those of us who earnestly and passionately believed in Trudeau’s project (*slowly raises hand*), his moral disgrace is a bitter pill to swallow … [but, she adds, Canadians should forget all that and see that] … Trudeau’s scandal does not cancel out the importance of his government’s project. With any luck a majority of Canadians remain unshaken in the values of liberal democracy, fair governance and the international rules-based order. Come September, my country will, I hope, find a way to persist in its sunny ways and set a clear moral example in this fractious, uncertain world.” I’m pretty sure that if she actually believes any of that claptrap then she will, eventually, have to understand that Justin Trudeau and liberalism cannot be used in the same sentence: he is anything but a real liberal; he’s just another bought and paid for tool of the Laurentian Elites.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post says that “To the list of critics slamming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over a massive domestic political scandal, add one foreign player: the People’s Republic of China … [since] … For weeks, Trudeau’s Liberal government has been rocked by claims that it inappropriately pressured the country’s first indigenous attorney general to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, a firm from the prime minister’s home province … [and, while] … The case touches on a host of hot-button Canadian issues, including Quebecindigenous affairs and corporate influence. On Friday, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs helpfully injected another angle, judicial independence, potentially compounding Trudeau’s troubles … [because] … The question of judicial independence is at the heart of the SNC-Lavalin case. Unfortunately for Trudeau, it was also at issue in another recent legal-political drama: the arrest, in Vancouver, of Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou.” So, just when we thought Justin Trudeau could not have made things any worse for Canada …

And the New York Times tells America’s elites that Justin Trudeau is up to his neck in scandal and has lost the moral authority to lead.

This is not just an “inside the greenbelt,” Ottawa story any more, nor is it even a domestic Canadian story; Justin Trudeau was “sold,” to the world, in a carefully crafted marketing campaign, as a new, different, clean, green, progressive and feminist first minister. Instead the whole world is now seeing that he is just another ward heeler from Québec, bought and paid for by e.g. Bombardier, and Power Corporation and SNC-Lavalin. The sleaze is visible to all the world and it makes some people ashamed to be Canadian.

Next week the Liberals, supported by partisan shills like Leah McLaren and a well crafted propaganda campaign orchestrated by the PMO, will launch their counter offensive, aimed at destroying Ms Wilson-Raybould’s good name while 1504233018950explaining away the sustained and likely illegal  pressure that was applied by Prime Minister Trudeau and his closest aides and advisors in an attempt to force Jody Wilson-Raybould to betray her oath and her country. In fact, the attacks began, just a few hours ago, on the Sunday news shows when ministers and Liberal friendly commentators were trotted out to offer alternate explanations. We can expect Team Trudeau to say that Ms Wilson-Raybould’s “characterizations” of events, as the prime minister put is, only “her truth,” as Chrystia Freeland said, and others saw it differently and think she is making a mountain out of a molehill.  One cannot help but remember the words that Robert Bolt gave to Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons, in the last few seconds of the clip: “Why Richard, it profit a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world. . . but for Wales!” We might say something similar to Justin Trudeau … “but for SNC-Lavalin!” Was it really worth throwing away everything for SNC-Lavalin?

 

 

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