LAUNCELOT: Nay, indeed, if you had your eyes, you might fail of the knowing me: it is a wise father that knows his own child. Well, old man, I will tell you news of your son: give me your blessing: truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son may, but at the length truth will out.
Three things caught my eye last week, all in the Globe and Mail:
First, Justin Tang of the Canadian Press reported that “Former justice minister and attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould met with RCMP investigators this week to discuss political interference in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., and is calling on the Trudeau government to waive cabinet confidentiality for her and all other witnesses to allow a thorough probe into potential obstruction of justice … [and] … Ms. Wilson-Raybould told The Globe and Mail on Wednesday that RCMP officers from the national division in Ottawa, which handles sensitive political matters, had a formal interview with her in Vancouver on Tuesday.” This is a serious matter and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were taking it seriously … until the election writs were dropped;
Second, Brian Giesbrecht, who is a retired provincial judge (Manitoba) and a senior fellow with the generally conservative Frontier Centre for Public Policy, opined in the Globe, on Wednesday, that “the RCMP have been examining the issue closely; however, they have not launched an official investigation. As reported by The Globe and Mail on Tuesday, the RCMP’s examination has been blocked by the federal government’s refusal to lift cabinet confidentiality … [and, now] … The RCMP says it will pause its examination during election season, but,” he says, and I agree, “it should reconsider …[because] … Section 139 of the Criminal Code states a person who “willfully attempts in any manner to obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice in a judicial proceeding” is guilty of obstruction of justice. In the Prime Minister’s case, the only explanation he has given for his actions is that he did whatever he needed to do “to protect Canadian jobs.” Such an explanation would not be a defence in court. (If charged, tried and convicted, the Prime Minister’s explanation may be taken into consideration at the sentencing stage) … [and he adds, and again I agree, that] … An RCMP investigation should have been called long before the ethics commissioner made his findings, and long before the election campaign was under way. In fact, in February, five former attorneys-general made a similar request to the RCMP;” and
Third, John Ibbitson asked, “Did Justin Trudeau threaten to demote Jody Wilson-Raybould from the role of attorney-general unless she intervened to protect SNC-Lavalin from prosecution on corruption charges? … [he says, and once again I agree, that] … The RCMP would like to know, and so would every Canadian .. [but] … this government refuses to release those involved from their oath of secrecy, frustrating the police inquiry and the public will. And so the time has come for Ms. Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, her friend and former cabinet colleague, to tell Canadians what they know about the cabinet shuffle that eventually led to their resignations … [but, how can they do that given the laws, regulations and powerful constitutional conventions around cabinet confidentiality?] … Mr. Trudeau and his advisers are hiding behind the convention of protecting cabinet confidences. They must not hide any longer. The national interest dictates that Canadians cast their ballots in this election with full knowledge of what happened behind those very closed doors. It is time for everyone to speak their truth.” That’s it: they must not be allowed to hide; the truth must come out.
Judge Giesbrecht says that “The fact that the RCMP brass have decided to wait until the fall election is over before they resume examination should give us pause. Consider a scenario that has the Liberals being returned to power, and criminal charges being subsequently laid against the Prime Minister and possibly some of his subordinates. There would be chaos, and a very angry Canadian public.” But, of course, the police do not want to be accused, again, of interfering in a federal election.
Justin Tang reported that “Mr. Trudeau told reporters the government offered the “largest and most expansive waiver of cabinet confidence in Canada’s history.” An order in council dated Feb. 25 offered a waiver to Ms. Wilson-Raybould and “any persons who directly participated in discussions with her” about the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin during her time as attorney-general. She was moved to Veterans Affairs on Jan. 14 … [but] … The Trudeau government’s waiver allowed Ms. Wilson-Raybould to talk to the House of Commons justice committee and the Ethics Commissioner, but did not extend to events after she was moved or discussions involving other individuals … [but, then] … The Ethics Commissioner found that a number of discussions between members of the Prime Minister’s Office, ministerial staffers and officials at SNC-Lavalin were conducted without Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s knowledge and therefore were not covered by the waiver.” This is the nub of the issue: the “largest and most expansive waiver of cabinet confidence in Canada’s history” was very, very carefully crafted, by legal and bureaucratic experts, to reveal only what did the least possible political damage to Justin Trudeau and his inner circle. It did not facilitate a reasonable inquiry into the matter ~ we all remember hoe often Ms Wilson-Raybould had to apologize to the House of Commons Committee because the question asked could not be answered within the terms of the waiver of cabinet confidentiality.
Eventually but, in my opinion, certainly, we will all learn the truth. Perhaps Prime Minister Trudeau can cover-up whatever really happened long enough to get re-elected, but notwithstanding an unprecedented string of life-time nondisclosure orders by the Trudeau Liberals, people will talk and write and the truth will out … and it will not be good for Justin Trudeau.
One could hope, but I do not, that Justin Trudeau would, suddenly, develop a reasonable understanding of adult responsibility and some sense of personal ethics and resign. That’s not going to happen … it is, simply, not in the man-child’s makeup. One can also hope, and I do, that Chief Commissioner Brenda Lucki will put the worries about potential political interference behind mer and press on with investigation, now. Canadians deserve to know the truth before 21 October. Delaying the investigation does not serve democracy … it just serves Justin Trudeau’s selfish, political interests and makes the RCMP look like accessories to whatever crimes he might have committed. Equally one can hope that public pressure will grow and grow and GROW until ordinary Canadians and the media force the Liberals to allow the truth to come out, because, sooner or later, it will … about that I am certain.
No one, certainly not Robert Fife who broke this story and the original “pressure on the Attorney General” story in February, believes Justin Trudeau’s assertions that the Clerk of the Privy Council is responsible for this. That’s horse-feathers. As Mr Fife says, the prime minister runs the government and the cabinet; the prime minister makes the decisions; the Clerk is just his agent. Robert Fife also gives a long laundry list of examples of prime ministers, including Stephen Harper, who have waived cabinet confidentiality to facilitate detailed investigations of alleged wrongdoing. That Justin Trudeau will not do so says, loud and clear, that he is covering-up his own wrongdoing; it says that he is afraid that he has actually committed a crime ~ an offence under §139 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Canadians have choices. Even hundreds of thousands of dyed-in-the-wool Liberals must be horrified by the actions of the man-child (and his inner circle) who leads their once-great party . I know that a few Liberals will express their dismay by voting Conservative, Green or NDP; some will just stay home on voting days; a few cannot bring themselves to not vote at all and they cannot imagine voting for another party but at least one that I know of suggests a spoiled ballot is an acceptable option. Hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands and even millions of traditional Liberal supporters must do the same this year … for the sake of their party and their country.
The truth is coming out, and there are millions of good, decent, honest Liberal Party supporters in Canada who are now learning the truth. Now is the time for all good Liberals to come to the aid of their Party by helping to defeat Justin Trudeau because he is a disgrace to his party and to his country.