Remember Daniel Jean?

Daniel Jean is now a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His biography, on the uOttawa website, tells us that “Daniel Jean served as National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada (2016-18). Previously, he was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2013-2016) and Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage (2010-2013). From 2007 to 2010, he held a number of critical deputy minister positions first as Associate Secretary at the Treasury Board and later on as Deputy Secretary (Operations) at the Privy Council Office. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Minister in 2007, Daniel had a stimulating career in international and migration related issues both in Canada and abroad that included two postings in Haiti, two separate assignments in the United States in Buffalo and Washington, and one in Hong Kong.

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Is was his actions as Prime Minister Trudeau’s hand-picked National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada from May 2016 until May 2018, despite having no notable experience in either national security or intelligence domains, that are at issue. In February 2018, when the prime minister was returning from his disastrous trip to India, his top aids floated the totally ludicrous theory that somehow, using magic, I suppose, the Indian government planted Jaspal Atwal, a convicted terrorist who tried to assassinate Indian cabinet minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu while he was visiting Canada in 1986, in the Trudeau family entourage. M Jean, on the return flight from India relayed this story, which was, as he must have known , totally false, to journalists.

So, why bring up Daniel Jean and Jaspal Atwal now?

Because Tonda MacCharles, writing in The Star reports that Canada’s Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Howard Njoo, “says provinces may move to a single dose of authorized two-dose vaccinations and delay a second dose, based on early data showing a high level of protection after a single dose … [because] … Although not yet authorized, the delay could open the door to wider and speedier inoculations as variants of the coronavirus take hold.” IF that is true then, suddenly, the Trudeau regime’s vaccine delivery programme, currently mired in failure, starts to look a lot better just at the time when speculation says that Prime Minister Trudeau wants a spring (May?) election.

There is, very sadly, a history with the Trudeau regime of sending very senior officials, who should be trusted by Canadians to always tell the truth, to spin stories and tell outright lies in an effort to shield Prime Minister Trudeau from criticism for his many failures. I am not suggesting that Dr Njoo is lying or even spinning a story based on scant evidence but I am saying that, based on experience, Canadians have a right to be worried.

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

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  1. But if the senior official is reflecting the thinking of his elected masters/mistresses, is it his/her fault for obeying the bosses, or is it the fault of the bosses taking that line? Because we don’t know what options were laid out to the bosses when they decided which card to pick, so to speak, or what caveats they were told about certain cards.

    1. Senior officials can, sometimes even should, speak to what they know to be factual. Politicians and political staffers may speak to what they wish might be true. Daniel Jean crossed a really important line. Remember the ‘Spycatcher’ trial in Australia and Attorney (later Prime Minister) Malcolm Turnbull’s exchange with Sir Robert Armstrong, the UK Cabinet Secretary, about the definition of a lie? Daniel Jean (and the Trudeau PMO staff) should have learned from that. It was NOT Daniel Jean;’s job to reflect the thinking of his political masters and mistresses. It was his job to speak truth to power; at that he failed, miserably, and in so doing he disgraced the public service.

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