I see, from a Canadian Press report by Joan Bryden, carried on CTV News, that Andrew Scheer “revealed Sunday that he received a letter on March 31 from Trudeau’s lawyer, Julian Porter, threatening a libel suit.” Mr Porter said, in his letter, that ““The prime minister supports wide-ranging and vigorous political debate on matters of public policy … However, your statement, in its entirety, is beyond the pale of fair debate and is libellous of my client personally and in the way of his occupation as prime minister.”” Julian Porter also said that “it’s “entirely false” to say Trudeau interfered in the SNC prosecution, which has not been halted, or that he personally directed Wilson-Raybould to “break the law” and “fired” her when she refused.” He added that “It’s also entirely false to suggest Trudeau was aware of Wilson-Raybould’s concern that he was politically interfering in the SNC case but lied to Canadians about it”.”
Ms Bryden reports that “In response, Scheer’s lawyer, Peter Downard, wrote back Sunday that Scheer “will not be intimidated” and is simply performing his “constitutional duty” to hold the government to account … [and] … If Trudeau is serious about suing, Downard said he must immediately take steps to preserve all relevant documents and to notify all members of his government, past and present, who’ve been involved in the SNC-Lavalin matter that they can expect to be called to testify … [but] … If Trudeau does not proceed with the threatened lawsuit, Downard said Scheer will conclude that Trudeau “has properly acknowledged that Mr. Scheer’s statements were appropriate and grounded in evidence before the Canadian people.”“
Good for Messer Downard and Scheer. Peter Downard’s letter says, in effect, “put up or shut up;” it’s the right way to respond to bullying. It seems pretty clear that Prime Minister Trudeau is, now, just flailing about, almost mindlessly, looking for any possible ways to shut down discussion of the entire SNC-Lavalin/punishment of the
innocent honourable and principled fiasco into which he put himself and his government because he is unable to accept sound, legal and political advice.
Justin Trudsau has, yet again, revealed himself to be a silly young man who, when cornered, resorts to empty threats, but … wouldn’t a lawsuit be fun? Wouldn’t it be fun to have Jody Wilson-Raybould and her former chief of staff, Jessica Prince, Bill Morneau and his chief of staff, Ben Chin, Katie Telford, Elder Marques and Mathieu Bouchard from the PMO, and, of course and above all, Gerald Butts, Michael Wernick and Justin Trudeau in open court, sworn to tell the truth? That would keep this thing burning, brightly for many months.
So, bring it on, Justin … sue the pants off Andrew Scheer, get ready to stand up in court and be exposed as the phoney you are!