Emmett Macfarlane is a professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, and the author of several books on Canada’s constitution and governance. His bio says that he studies “rights, governance, and public policy, with a particular focus on the Supreme Court of Canada’s impact on public policy and political discourse under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms … [and] … His current research examines legislative responses to court rulings on rights and the implications these interactions have for policy change, institutional relationships, and the meaning of the Constitution.” He is, in other words, something of an expert on much of what is going on in the Philpott/SNC-Lavalin/Wilson-Raybould scandal.
Just the other day, before taking a bit of a sabbatical from social media, he said:
I wish I’d said that, because that’s what I feel, too … I can almost smell the rot, the stench of corruption, in the Canadian body politic.
A day or two later, Andrew Coyne, using the same social media platform, said …
The sad thing, for me, is that I know there are some very decent and very competent people in the Liberal caucus, but they all seem be to be trapped by what Mr Coyne calls a doctrine of “slavish obedience to the leader,” which he says seems to be a prerequisite for membership in the Liberal caucus in 2019.
It’s like that fish, I guess, which, a 13th century Turkish proverb says, begins to stink at the head, not the tail. The head of the Liberal Party fish, here in Canada, in 2019, is Justin Trudeau, and more and more Canadians are beginning to smell the stench of rotting fish that comes from his his offices.