At least you got a Mueller report

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We’ve been hearing a lot about the Mueller investigation in the news lately. Devastating a lot of democrats to find out that there will be no further indictments into the Russian collusion probe. I can’t help but sit back, looking at the state of affairs here in Canadian Politics in juxtaposition to our neighbours south of the border screeching in satisfaction and think to myself, “at least you’re lucky enough to have the checks and balances in place to even have the investigation take place at all.”

Here in Canada, apparently when a majority government doesn’t want the public to know about something they can just use and abuse their majority power to shut down all attempts to bring about an investigation. And it begs the question, does our majority government have too much power? What exactly is going on with the SNC-Lavalin situation? Is it a scandal? Is it out right corruption? Bribery? A violation of ethics? And apparently according to most media, why should any of us really even care? Well, let’s review what’s been going on and attempt to ask some of those tough questions.

The first breaking article from the Globe and Mail, “PMO pressed Wilson-Raybould to abandon prosecution of SNC-Lavalin; Trudeau denies his office ‘directed’ her,” was published on Feburary 7th. It’s now March 27th and we still have yet to hear the whole story from Jody Wilson-Raybould who was the initial whistleblower to the SNC-Lavalin controversy. At first the justice committee didn’t even feel the need to hear any testimony at all. They were satisfied with Trudeau’s initial rejection of the Globe and Mail article.

But as questions mounted and most mainstream outlets and opposition the Justice committee finally granted Wilson-Raybould the opportunity to sit before the Justice Committee and testify. Wilson-Raybould would not share her story with the media because she was concerned that due to solicitor-client privilege she could be disbarred if she were to disclose any details regarding the situation around the SNC-Lavalin deferred prosecution agreement. Given that her role at the time was as Attorney General of Canada.

Watch what is a deferred prosecution agreement and what does it mean?:

What does the Attorney General of Canada do?

Also known as “MOJAG” the Attorney General litigates on behalf of the Crown and serves as the chief legal advisor to the Government of Canada. Most prosecution functions of the Attorney General have been assigned to the Public Prosection Service of Canada. The Salary of the Attorney General is $255,300 per year (2017).

Finally on Feb 27 Jody Wilson-Raybould delivered a 37 minute testimony and then answered questions for about 2 hours afterwards. Wilson-Raybould tells the justice committee she came under “consistent and sustained” pressure — including veiled threats — from the PMO, the Privy Council Office and Morneau’s office to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

What were the key details of her testimony?

  • Wilson-Raybould was asked by the PMO to overrule the prosecution decision not to grant a DPA to SNC-Lavalin because of Canadian jobs and that there was an election coming up. Wilson-Raybould turned down the requests citing political reasons as an inappropriate reason to overrule the prosecution.
  • The “consistent and sustained pressure” she received from the PMO to overrule the the prosecutor’s decision went on over the course of 4 months by multiple MPs (and the PCO Michael Wernick who is supposed to be non-partisan)
  • Trudeau’s principal secretary, best friend, Gerald Butts (whom Trudeau has asserted speaks for him) told Wilson-Raybould’s chief of staff at one point that there “is no solution here that doesn’t involve some interference.Gerald Butts then resigned on Feb 18 after the Globe and Mail article.
  • Then Trudeau’s Chief of staff Katie Telford tells Wilson-Raybould’s chief of staff, “we don’t want to debate legalities any more.
  • After the cabinet shuffle the then deputy minister was given directives that the new Attorney General David Lametti was holding conversations with the PM emphasizing the priority of the SNC-Lavalin case.
  • During questions Wilson-Raybould was asked if she thought the pressure was illegal and she said, “no”. (important to note that the only thing she claimed was not illegal was whether or not SHE THOUGHT the PRESSURE PUT ON HER was ILLEGAL and that’s very important to remember given how frequently Liberals are now citing this question as a total exoneration of their conduct and justification to shut down the SNC-Lavalin probe.)

 

Long story short, After Wilson-Raybould determined that she would not grant SNC-Lavalin a DPA there was a cabinet shuffle where she was removed as attorney general and appointed the position of Minister of Veterans Affairs. This demotion was seen as a direct punishment for not giving in to the PMO insistence of granting SNC-Lavalin a DPA. This was at the heart of the interference allegation, since it was seen that the newly appointed Attorney General would now seek to pursue the DPA for SNC-Lavalin, the issue Wilson-Raybould has already made her decision on. The then deputy minister was given directives that the new Attorney General David Lametti was holding conversations with the PM emphasizing the priority of the SNC-Lavalin case.

The only problem with her testimony was that Trudeau had not completely lifted solicitor-client privilege and so there were holes in Wilson-Raybould’s testimony of details she could not disclose. Details like specifically what was discussed in closed door and official meetings. Essentially the meat and potatoes to her whistle blowing. Trudeau has slightly lifted privilege for her testimony which, as he continuously references, was unprecedented. The new Liberal buzzword. And the fact alone that this was unprecedented he now cites as his excuse to why he isn’t fully lifting solicitor-client privilege so Wilson-Raybould can fill in the gaps of her testimony. To justify shutting down the SNC probe over the simple reason for it being unprecedented is literally a political way of saying, “well this has never happened before so there’s no reason to start doing it now.” These are unprecedented times with unprecedented conduct so we need to hear the whole truth on whether this is a scandal or not.

Since Wilson-Raybould’s testimony we have heard from the PCO Michael Wernick twice and Gerald Butts who have all out-right refuted Wilson-Raybould’s claims. Trudeau himself has had every opportunity during every single development to comment to the situation himself. But Jody Wilson-Raybould has never been given the opportunity to return to rebuttal all the allegations now against her from all the other testimony nor has privilege been lifted for her to tell us the whole truth. And now the Liberals have shut down the entire probe and unless the opposition or someone can bring about new information then that’s where this whole thing dies. And that’s not right, this is an abuse of power over something that’s even attracted the attention of the OECD over suspicion of bribery.

The following is my paraphrasing of the Liberal narrative (with citations) since the globe and mail story broke to serve as a cliffnotes summary of the entire Jody Wilson-Raybould/SNC-Lavalin scandal:

  1. (Trudeau reacts to Globe and Mail article) Trudeau: there’s nothing to this and the globe and mail article is fake news. We didn’t direct anyone to do anything. wilson-raybould’s account of events are being misconstrued and misinterpreted and her seat on cabinet should speak for itself. Nanny-nanny-boo-boo, get rekt opposition. LOL.
  2. (Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet and lawyers up) Trudeau: well I’m very sad to see her go but I’m very confused and if she had any concerns then she should’ve brought this to my attention, which she never did. This whole thing is just really one big misunderstand.
  3. (then Butts resigns) Trudeau: Well it’s the respect Butts has for our institutions is the reason why he’s stepping down because he felt it would be best and he continues to have my full confidence and friendship and gratitude. It wasn’t Butts who failed us, it was all of us who fail him. And by us I really mean you. All of you.
  4. (After Wilson-Raybould’s testimony) Trudeau: Well this has been a tough last few weeks because of a few minor disagreements. But first let’s talk about all this great stuff we’re doing that’s really more important. like progressive reforms over criminal justice. Jody spoke today and she really was great and fantastic and her truth is just so beautiful. but I already told you, we didn’t direct shit. So we just agree to disagree. Her decision about SNC-Lavalin was hers alone to make, not mine. I’m no lawyer. So I disagree with everything she said. But hey, we got ourselves an ethic commissioner on the payroll, I’m more than happy to let this dude with no legal authority to look into whether or not anything criminal went down. More than happy to let that guy and that guy alone to look into this.
  5. (At a press conference to discuss a Lunar mission) Trudeau: There was a time when people used the stars to navigate, the sun to tell time and that’s just cool man. You see I brought my daughter with me? I’m doing my part guys! Girls in STEM! We all know science is better when we embrace feminism. Let’s talk science! Can’t we all just get along!? STOP ASKING ME QUESTIONS ABOUT SNC-LAVALIN!!!
  6. (then Jane Philpott resigns over lack of confidence in Trudeau) Trudeau: Well Philpott did great work and we appreciate it and will continue it. But this is just an example to how we embrace diverse opinions and points of view and Ms. Philpott is entitled to her truth and I’m entitled to my truth and we’ll continue to listen with open ears and open hearts and oh and by the way, did I mention climate change is really important?
  7. Wernick’s testimony: Jesus H double hockey sticks guys, there is just SO much partisanship going on here right now with all these questions that I really think come the election, we’re gonna see some assassination attempts. Everyone is just bullying us and that’s not fair! I didn’t do nothing wrong!
  8. Butt’s testimony: Jody’s fantastic and credible and did I mention fantastic? And she has her truth and in her truth she experiences things very truthfully. However in MY truth she’s a lying fucking bitch. And I’m also entitled to my truth.
  9. Trudeau: Well you know it’s my job to protect jobs so if protecting jobs makes me wrong, I don’t wanna be right, baby. That all just comes with the pressure of the job and I guess the pressure of such burdens was too much for Jody. She could’ve come to me but she didn’t and boy-o-boy I wish she had. Dialogue is crucial and it’s clear this was a case of an erosion of trust. My daddy and me have different governing styles but one thing we both really cared about was the principle of justice. Daddy always wanted a just society and those are the values he raised me on. So justice is something I’m really passionate the most about out of every one of us. Speaking of justice, did I mention that reconciliation and justice for our first nations people is what really matters here? Let’s talk about that.
  10. Wernick’s 2nd testimony: I HAVE SUBMITTED ALL MY FACEBOOK COMMENTS BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SO MEAN TO ME AND I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW ABOUT IT! SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT A PLACE FOR NEGATIVE COMMENTS! HOW DARE YOU OR ANYONE ACCUSE ME OF PARTISANSHIP! I’VE BEEN A CAREER POLITICIAN SINCE PAUL MARTIN. I HAVE MADE GOOD FRIENDS IN MY CAREER, AND SOME OF THOSE FRIENDS NOW WORK AT SNC-LAVALIN AND HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO MY OFFICE WITH MY DIRECT EXTENSION TO REACH ME PERSONALLY AT ANY TIME! THEY EVEN INVITE ME TO ALL THEIR OFFICE GET TOGETHERS! WE’RE BASICALLY FAMILY! THEY MIGHT AS WELL JUST PUT ME ON THEIR PAYROLL!!! *oppositions’ jaws drop to the floor*
  11. (days later Wernick declares his retirement and effectively resigns from office) Wernick: YEAH WELL THE CONSERVATIVES ACCUSE ME OF NOT LIKING THEM, WELL GUESS WHAT I DON’T LIKE THEM EITHER! HOW DARE THEY ACCUSE ME OF PARTISANSHIP! THOSE DIRTY FUCKING CONSERVATIVE NEANDERTHALS!!!
  12. *Opposition tables an emergency meeting to call Wilson-Raybould back before the committee to speak with full solicitor-client privilege lifted* *Liberals use their majority power to immediately end the meeting before anyone can take a vote on the matter and then use their majority to finally end the SNC-Lavalin probe before presenting the new federal budget to the house and for the media to now report on the budget rather than SNC-Lavalin* Opposition:COVER UP!
  13. *Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes resigns the Liberal party and declares she will be running as an independent in the next election and also alleges mistreatment and hostility from the PM* Trudeau: Look, we’ve been over this. Her truth, my truth, blah blah blah, whatever she was a fucking bitch anyway.
  14. Liberals/Trudeau: Guys, look at our budget, see what I did there? Money for millenials, money for the seniors, money for all! I’m giving you all the money we’ve got! Actually, technically, I’m taking money from your children and grandchildren and giving that to you as well. Name 1 person you know who’s more generous than me. THAT’S RIGHT! YOU CAN’T! What’s that? Who? Who? Wilson-Raybould? Oh, shit, I remember her! Yeah, see, the thing is we COULD get more testimony and we COULD lift solicitor-client privilege BUT, BUT, BUUUUUUT, we’ve heard from so many different people and there’s just so much information out there and I mean, how many times do we expect Jody to talk afterall? I mean, I could lift privilege but that’s never been done before so… why would we do that now? She could always stand up in the house and talk for 60 seconds without privilege lifted. Man, oh, man, I really spoil her. She’s spoiled.
  15. Jane Philpott: ‘There’s much more to the story that needs to be told’

 

 

Why does any of this matter?

 

This situation IS important to follow and to know about. And it does make us ask a lot of tough questions:


1. Can the attorney general operate as a partisan MP?

Does the attorney general need to be completely detached from the government? If the government that ran on ethics and reform and transparency and progressivism in such a big way STILL allows corporate lobbyists to gain direct access to the PMO then we have a real problem. And so we need to figure out how to prevent future interference from happening. Simply replacing the government with another party won’t solve this problem. If interference CAN happen it inevitably WILL happen. That being said, I do believe that SNC-Lavalin has every right to donate to a party and lobby that party for favours. But I expect that party to operate within the boundaries of the law, not just create loop holes to create a system of rewarding those within the party’s inner circle and punish those who aren’t. and sure, there’s a lot of that that goes on at all levels of government but apathy is not the correct response to this behaviour. This is the kind of thing you’d expect to see in Russia with Putin. Not Canada.

We need reforms. and I believe the DPA remediation agreements reeks of just this. There may be a role for DPA if it prevents corporations from fucking around with their taxes but if it protects companies like SNC-Lavalin then it’s not right. BUT a court ruled that SNC wouldn’t qualify for a remediation agreement. So maybe the DPA itself isn’t the problem here. It’s a complex issue that’s going on here and I think the real issue now is that the cover up is becoming worse than the crime. We won’t get a chance to even find out what exactly went wrong here unless we can get the whole truth from Jody Wilson-Raybould. A person who I think, honestly, is a modern day hero for not letting partisanship interfere with her role as attorney general.

 

2. When is it appropriate to impose public/legal investigations on a majority government? (And how do we prevent opposition from abusing this process?)

With the Liberal majority government simply shutting down the scandal probe, there really are no sufficient checks and balances in place to hold the government accountable in moments of conflict like this. The only real option the opposition has here is to put forth a motion of non-confidence but I don’t even really know if anything would come of that and without any third party investigations it seems way overkill over something we are in the dark about. First Wilson-Raybould comes forth as a whistle blower. And the Liberals basically treated her as a rabble rouser, a fringe conspiracy theorist and there was nothing to see here. and if it wasn’t for the opposition and great work from almost exclusively the Globe and Mail, they would’ve just swept this under the rug.

Then Butts resigned, signalling just how big of a deal this could be if he was going to be a fall guy. considering how close he worked with Trudeau and how firmly Trudeau affirmed that Butts speaks for him. Then Jane Philpott resigned. Not some backbencher MP, the head of the treasury. directly denouncing the government and their handling of the situation. everything but out right cries of corruption. and we’re not supposed to listen to that? Everything that’s developed since Wilson-Raybould’s testimony has only further validated everything she’s come forth with and contradicted everything Trudeau has said. Except for the testimony of individuals who have resigned over the issue.

but after everything that has transpired Trudeau still refuses to lift privilege to allow Wilson-Raybould to give us the whole truth of what is at the heart of the reason for her whistle blowing. And when the opposition tried to table an emergency meeting to call for a second testimony they used their majority power to adjourn the meeting immediately. Just simply shut down all debate over the subject. If this is not a direct act of contempt for the operations of a democratic operations of our parliament then I do not know what is. And as easy as it is to dismiss howling conservatives proclaiming “cover up! cover up!” I just don’t see how at this stage in the game these actions would be defined any other way. I do believe that we are witnessing a direct attempt to cover something up that the majority government is using their power to keep in the dark. and although Wilson-Raybould said no one has broken the law, that doesn’t mean ethics violations are criminal acts and it’s the severity of the ethical violation that is the very reason why the OECD has come out stating it is concerned about this government’s actions. And if they suspect bribery then how the hell do we not demand answers?

 

3. What do Liberal voters do now with their vote?

If this liberal government is guilty of corruption, let’s just say, then what do liberal voters do come election time? This is why I wanted vote reform. I don’t know what that reform would look like. It’s hard. but majority of us vote against parties rather than for them. That’s what I’ll be doing in election time. I believe this government has broken most of it’s promises and crossed too many ethical lines and I think this government has polarized this country more than it’s united us. So I will be voting conservative to bring down the Liberal government. And then maybe in another 4 years I’ll find myself voting Liberal to bring down that Conservative government, assuming they win. Even if they don’t, at least to hopefully reduce them to a minority government to limit the powers they clearly have no problem abusing.

As much as Trudeau wants to label the conservative government as like the ghost of stephen harper, it really is a renewed party with fresh faces. The party fails an election and they hold new leadership races and others step down to make way for new candidates. And some of those new faces are really remarkable people who were clearly born to do this. Yes, they operate within the same conservative governing philosophy but this is as close to a new party as we get. The liberal party transformed several times before they finally took government. People forget that it was the NDP who were official opposition before the last election. And I think it’s perfectly fair that if a party fails to meet their major promises or crosses an ethical line that people choose to vote them out of power. And if that means trying out a reformed conservative party then so be it. If it means voting for the first time for the NDP, so be it. It sends a clear message to Liberals that, “no we are not happy with the direction you’ve gone. go back to the drawing board and bring something new to the table.” and that may very well lead to a stronger, better party. OR we see that the reformed conservative party has actually done a bang up job and we decide to grant them another 4 years to keep it up. Or NDP. We are the ultimate deciders when it comes to politicians term limits.

But that’s also part of the problem with the way we vote. I’m not actually voting against a party or for a party even though that’s the way my vote functions. I’m actually just voting on a local representative to be my MP. even though I’ll likely never meet them or have a conversation or any interaction with them. Or I may really like my MP and insist on voting for them, even if I hate the party leader and caucus members. But am I now meant to punish the MP I like best and vote for my second choice or third choice MP to be able to have my vote act as protest to the leader and caucus I oppose? Do I vote against my philosophical values and preferred governing style to vote against the actions of the party philosophically and governing style-wise I align with so I can punish their reprehensible behaviour? You can’t vote for the devil you know without then voting for the devil.

And I really believe we all do better when we are more focussed on our local municipalities than we are focussed on the country as a whole. I may be pro-choice without a religious upbringing but why should I care what a pro-life bible thumper in alberta thinks? That doesn’t affect my life or my community. So why should my vote impact alberta? why should alberta’s vote impact me? again, I don’t have the answers to these things but this is a big question that needs to be asked because it’s a really relevant one that affects us all.

Politicians and most of the commentators really aren’t asking these questions and having these conversations. To the media, this is all just a big game as if election time is just a new season of game of thrones. Politics actually isn’t sports. and to treat it so flippantly is to just to avoid actually trying to improve the country. Media has a responsibility to do more than merely react to news, they are supposed to be facilitating the debate around it so we can move forward together. not stand stagnant and indifferent and watch everything deteriorate around us. But I say let’s not respond to these things with apathy, let’s do our best to care and to value our vote as we value our own existence and our voices and roles in society to make it function and thrive. So however you vote, make sure you believe in it.

 

 

“Governments don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. That is against their interests. They want obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept it.”
– George Carlin

A Chronology of The SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson-Raybould Affair

climate action nowJustin Trudeau holding a Ford Nation rally, I mean, a press conference on climate change while the SNC-Lavalin situation unfolds, in a desperate attempt to change the conversation. You know, because it’s 2019.

Watch what you need to know about the SNC-Lavalin Scandal:

 

*Before going through the entire series of events throughout the scandal, CTV does a very good condensed summary of events that you can check out here*

 

Because there is so much here I won’t be offering my comment on the media I share. I will simply post events and reactions and leave my conclusions for later posts. This will clearly go into the election so I’m going to just treat this as a chronology which I will keep up to date. So feel free to revisit as time goes on to catch up on what’s new as I sift through all the clutter of clickbait and mainstream promotion which is causing a lot of fog and confusion around these important issues. Thanks!

The following is a sequence of events from the initial SNC-Lavalin charges in 2015 to our current day situation surrounding Jody Wilson-Raybould:

 

2015

Feb. 19

The RCMP lays corruption and fraud charges against Montreal-based engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin, over allegations it used bribery to get government business in Libya. SNC-Lavalin says the charges are without merit and stem from “alleged reprehensible deeds by former employees who left the company long ago.” A conviction would bar the company from bidding on Canadian government business, potentially devastating it.

The charges included:

A statement from the RCMP said it had charged SNC-Lavalin, SNC-Lavalin Construction Inc., and SNC-Lavalin International Inc. with offering $47.7 million in bribes to Libyan officials between 2001 and 2011.

It also charged the three companies with defrauding Libya of $129.8 million over the same time period. (CanadianLawyerMag.com)

Watch Global News video on the SNC/Libya connection:

Read Former SNC-Lavalin CEO pleads guilty in fraud case

 

Oct. 19 

The Liberals win a federal election, taking power from the Conservatives. Two weeks later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau names Jody Wilson-Raybould minister of justice and attorney general of Canada. She is the first Indigenous person to hold the post, which combines duties as a politician (heading the Department of Justice) and a legal official (overseeing prosecutions).

Watch CBC coverage of the 2015 federal election:

2018

March 27

The Liberals table a budget bill that includes a change to the Criminal Code allowing “remediation agreements,” plea-bargain-like deals between prosecutors and accused corporations in which they can avoid criminal proceedings by making reparations for previous bad behaviour. SNC-Lavalin had lobbied for such a provision in Canadian law.

Watch Pierre Poilievre connect the remediation agreement within the budget bill to the Globe and Mail article alleging the PMO pressured the former Attorney General:

 

Spring

Although the bill has yet to pass, SNC-Lavalin contacts Public Prosecution Service lawyers to ensure they have all relevant information for a possible invitation to negotiate a remediation agreement. During the next three months, in response to requests from prosecutors, SNC-Lavalin provides detailed information it sees as making a strong case for an agreement.

 

Sept. 4

The prosecution service tells SNC-Lavalin in writing it will not invite the firm to negotiate a remediation agreement.

 

Sept. 17

Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould discuss the SNC-Lavalin file. As attorney general, Wilson-Raybould could overrule the prosecution service, directing it to negotiate an agreement with the company. Trudeau later says that Wilson-Raybould asked him if he planned to tell her what to do concerning the prosecution — a conversation that he says ended with him telling her any decision was hers alone.

 

Sept. 18

SNC-Lavalin representatives meet with Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick (Canada’s most senior civil servant) and Finance Minister Bill Morneau to discuss issues including “justice and law enforcement.”

michael wernick

 

Sept. 21

The remediation-agreement provisions come into legal force.

 

Oct. 9

The director of prosecutions confirms again in writing that she will not invite SNC-Lavalin to negotiate a remediation agreement, a decision the company challenges in Federal Court. That challenge is ongoing.

 

Oct. 10

SNC-Lavalin issues a news release saying it strongly disagrees with the director of prosecutions’ position and remains open and committed to negotiating a remediation agreement. SNC-Lavalin shares fall nearly 14 per cent, closing at $44.86 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. That’s the lowest close since March 2, 2016.

 

Oct. 11

SNC-Lavalin meets with Elder Marques, a senior adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office, to discuss “justice and law enforcement.”

Elder Marques

 

Nov. 5 and 19

SNC-Lavalin meets with Mathieu Bouchard, a senior adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office, to discuss “justice and law enforcement.”

Mathieu Bouchard

 

December

According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Wilson-Raybould raises the remediation case with Gerald Butts, the prime minister’s principal secretary, and he tells her to talk to Wernick, the Privy Council clerk.

Gerard Butts

2019

Jan. 14

Trudeau shuffles his cabinet after the resignation of Treasury Board president Scott Brison. Wilson-Raybould is moved from Justice to Veterans Affairs, widely seen as a demotion. David Lametti, a Montreal MP and former law professor, becomes justice minister. Wilson-Raybould posts a long letter outlining her record as justice minister and noting a great deal of work remains to be done toward reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

David Lametti

 

Feb. 7

Citing unnamed sources, the Globe and Mail newspaper reports that Trudeau’s aides attempted to press Wilson-Raybould, while attorney general, to intervene in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, and that exasperation with her lack of co-operation was one reason for shuffling her out of the justice portfolio. Trudeau denies any impropriety. Citing solicitor-client privilege, Wilson-Raybould refuses to speak about dealings she had on the case when she was attorney general.

Read PMO pressed Wilson-Raybould to abandon prosecution of SNC-Lavalin; Trudeau denies his office ‘directed’ her

Other related articles:

Watch question period in the house of commons:

Watch Brian Lilley cover Trudeau’s denial of justice interference:

Watch Trudeau react to the globe and mail article: 

Watch Evan Solomon featuring Robert Fife’s reaction to Trudeau’s accusation of the Globe and Mail article being false.

 

Feb. 11

Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion says he’s beginning an investigation. At a public appearance in Vancouver, Trudeau says he’s spoken to Wilson-Raybould and confirmed with her that he said any decision on the SNC-Lavalin prosecution was entirely hers. Her continued presence in his cabinet speaks for itself, he says.

Mario Dion

 

Feb. 12

Wilson-Raybould resigns as veterans-affairs minister and says she’s hired former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on the limits of solicitor-client privilege. Trudeau says he’s surprised and disappointed that Wilson-Raybould has quit, and that if she felt undue pressure in her role as attorney general, she had a duty to report it to him.

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation letter

Watch CBC cover Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation letter:

Watch why Jody Wilson-Raybould can’t talk:

Watch Can Trudeau waive solicitor-client privilege in SNC-Lavalin affair:

 

thomas cromwell

Watch Justin Trudeau react to Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation:

(OR) Watch Ezra Levant’s breakdown of Trudeau’s reaction:

Watch Don Martin’s reaction to Wilson-Raybould’s resignation:

 

Feb. 13

The House of Commons justice committee debates its own probe of the issue. Liberals use their majority to call one closed-door meeting and hear from senior officials (Lametti as justice minister, the top bureaucrat in his department, and the clerk of the Privy Council) who can talk about the tension between the minister of justice’s duties as a politician and his or her responsibilities as attorney general of Canada. The Liberals say this is a first step in a cautious investigation, but the opposition calls it a coverup. Behind the scenes liberals engaged in a ‘whisper’ smear campaign against Jody Wilson-Raybould. Although few media outlets report on this beyond Trudeau’s public apology for not doing more to prevent the high school-like bullying of Wilson-Raybould.

Watch Opposition leader Andrew Scheer referring to the closed-door meeting as proof of a cover up:

https://globalnews.ca/video/embed/4938923/

Watch CTV Don Martin’s The Last Word on Wilson-Raybould’s solicitor-client privilege:

Watch Justin Trudeau’s apology to Wilson-Raybould for not condemning the whisper campaign sooner:

https://webapps.9c9media.com/vidi-player/1.5.5/share/iframe.html?currentId=1616434&config=ctvnews/share.json&kruxId=ImoeZsch&rsid=ctvgmnews,ctvgmnewsglobalsuite&cid=%5B%7B%22contentId%22%3A1616434%2C%22ad%22%3A%7B%22adsite%22%3A%22ctv.ctvnews%22%2C%22adzone%22%3A%22embed%22%7D%7D%5D

Read The Globe and Mail’s “The shameful mistreatment of Jody Wilson-Raybould on full display”

Read Global News report on ‘racist and sexist’ attacks on Judy Wilson-Raybould amid SNC-Lavalin affair

Read CBC Op-ed co-authored by academics condemning the whisper campaign against Wilson-Raybould by fellow Liberal MPs:

The co-authors on the CBC opinion piece “From star Liberal MP to difficult and incompetent? Really?”

Signed:

Joyce Green, professor of Political Science (University of Regina)
Gina Starblanket, assistant professor of Political Science (University of Calgary)
Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark, associate professor of Political Science (University of Victoria)
Renae Watchman, associate professor of English and Indigenous Studies (Mount Royal University)
Sarah Hunt, assistant professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies, and Geography (University of British Columbia)
Lianne Marie Leda Charlie, instructor (Yukon College)
Christine O’Bonsawin, associate professor of History (University of Victoria)
waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy, assistant professor of Gender Studies (University of Victoria)
Jeff Corntassel, associate professor of Indigenous Studies (University of Victoria)
Patricia M. Barkaskas, instructor at Peter A. Allard School of Law  (University of British Columbia)
Dallas Hunt, lecturer in Native Studies (University of Manitoba)
Mary-Jane McCallum, professor of History (University of Winnipeg)
Damien Lee, assistant professor of Sociology (Ryerson University)
Chelsea Gabel, assistant professor of Social Sciences (McMaster University)
Tasha Hubbard, associate professor of Native Studies (University of Alberta)
Sarah Nickel, assistant professor of Indigenous Studies (University of Saskatchewan)
Robyn Bourgeois, assistant professor od Women’s and Gender Studies (Brock University)

Watch Conservatives demand apology from B.C. Liberal MP for sexist comment in response to Raybould’s testimony:

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Feb. 15

Trudeau says Wilson-Raybould asked him in September whether he would direct her one way or another on the SNC-Lavalin question. He says he told her he would not.

Watch Trudeau speak to his accounts of events regarding Jody Wilson-Raybould and SNC-Lavalin:

 

Feb. 18

Butts resigns as Trudeau’s principal secretary. He denies any impropriety but says his continued presence in the Prime Minister’s Office has become a distraction.

Gerald Butts’ resignation letter

Watch who is Gerald Butts:

Watch Ministers react to the resignation of Gerald Butts:

Watch Scheer & Trudeau’s full exchange on Butts’ resignation:

Watch Thomas Mulcair react to Gerald Butts resignation:

Watch Wilson-Raybould’s father comment on Butts’ resignation:

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Feb. 19

Wilson-Raybould stuns observers by attending a meeting of the very cabinet from which she had resigned a week earlier. Trudeau says she had asked to speak there and was invited to do so but cabinet confidentiality means nothing can be revealed about why or what was said. After the meeting, Wilson-Raybould says she is still talking to her lawyer about what she can and can’t say publicly.

Watch Power & Politics covering question period to Butts resignation and cabinet meeting with Wilson-Raybould despite her no longer being a member of the cabinet:

 

Feb. 20

Trudeau says that while an airing of the facts is needed, he is confident the examinations underway by the ethics commissioner and the justice committee will provide it. The Liberals use their House of Commons majority to defeat an opposition motion calling for a public inquiry into allegations the Prime Minister’s Office pressured Wilson-Raybould.

Watch City News cover liberals defeating the motion for a public inquiry:

 

Feb. 21

Wernick launches a vigorous defence of the government’s handling of the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, bluntly declaring allegations of political interference to be false and even defamatory. The Privy Council clerk also challenges Wilson-Raybould’s assertion that solicitor-client privilege prevents her from responding to allegations.

Watch the question period in house of commons held before Wernick’s testimony:

Watch the full testimony and questioning of Michael Wernick before the justice committee:

Watch Power and Politics analyze Wernick’s testimony before the justice committee with several panelists and commentators:

Watch CTV’s Question Period with Evan Solomon react to Wernick’s testimony:

 

Feb 22

Justin Trudeau travels to Nova Scotia to apologize for alleged racial profiling.

Watch CBC coverage of Trudeau speaking with two black Nova Scotians who claim they were racially profiled while visiting parliament hill:

Watch Don Martin’s Last Word on the SNC-Lavalin situation:

 

Feb. 25

Trudeau partly waives both solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality for his former attorney general, paving the way for Wilson-Raybould to tell her side of the SNC-Lavalin saga to the justice committee and ethics commissioner. The order specifically notes, however, that she cannot speak publicly about communication she had with Kathleen Roussel, the director of public prosecutions.

Watch CBC’s Vassy Kapelos breakdown the details surrounding Wilson-Raybould’s upcoming testimony before the justice committee:

 

Feb. 27

Wilson-Raybould tells the justice committee she came under “consistent and sustained” pressure — including veiled threats — from the PMO, the Privy Council Office and Morneau’s office to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. Trudeau rejects her characterization of events. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer calls on Trudeau to resign. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for a public inquiry.

Read Wilson-Raybould alleges ‘consistent and sustained’ effort by Trudeau, officials to ‘politically interfere’ in SNC-Lavalin case

Watch question period in house of commons before Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch Jody Wilson-Raybould testify and take questions before the justice committee:

Watch Justin Trudeau react to Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch Andrew Scheer and Jagmeet Singh react to Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch Justice Committee members react to Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch Power and Politics breakdown Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, featuring David McLaughlin (former chief of staff for David Mulroney), Irwin Cotler (former attorney general) and Peter MacKay (former attorney general):

Watch Evan Solomon table a panel discussion of Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch former judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond react to Wilson-Raybould testimony:

Watch Indigenous Services react to Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch Bob Fife commentary on the fallout of Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch Christie Blatchford react to Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Watch Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father react to her testimony:

Watch Don Martin’s Last Word on SNC-Lavalin and Trudeau’s broken brand:

 

Feb. 28

Butts asks to testify before the justice committee while Trudeau holds press conference to declare Canada will join the Lunar Gateway moon mission.

Watch Question Period in the House of Commons in wake of SNC-Lavalin affair:

Watch CBC cover Trudeau’s Lunar Gateway press conference:

Read Trudeau’s trusted former top adviser Gerald Butts to testify on SNC-Lavalin prosecution

 

March 1

Trudeau makes longtime MP Lawrence MacAulay his new veterans-affairs minister. Marie-Claude Bibeau replaces MacAulay as agriculture minister and Gender Equality Minister Maryam Monsef takes on the additional portfolio of international development. All three express support for Trudeau.

Watch question period:

 

March 3

Jody Wilson-Raybould declares she will run as Liberal in fall federal election for the Vancouver Granville riding.

Watch CBC coverage on Jody Wilson-Raybould’s decision to run as Liberal:

 

March 4

Philpott quits cabinet, saying she has lost confidence in the way the government has dealt with the ongoing affair and citing her obligation to defend the cabinet as long as she is a part of it. Trudeau names Carla Qualtrough interim Treasury Board president. While attending a climate change rally in Toronto amid the SNC-Lavalin scandal, Trudeau says the ongoing affair “has generated an important discussion” about how ministers, staff and officials conduct themselves. “Concerns of this nature,” he says, “must be taken very seriously and I can assure you that I am.”

Watch who is Jane Philpott?

Watch Trudeau’s reaction to Philpott’s resignation:

Watch Power Play speak with Bob Fife on Philpott’s resignation:

Watch Green party leader Elizabeth May react to Wilson-Raybould and Philpott:

Chrystia Freeland, 2018 diplomat of the year, reacts to Philpott resignation:

Listen to Newstalk1010 The Rush Round Table discussion over SNC-Lavalin

Listen to Evan Solomon breakdown the significance of Philpott’s resignation

Listen to Moore in the Morning Round Table discussion over SNC-Lavalin

Read Jane Philpott resigns from cabinet: Full statement

Read The Philpott earthquake

 

Watch Trudeau’s climate change press conference at the Danforth Music Hall in full:

 

March 5

Trudeau cancels a trip to Regina to hold emergency cabinet deliberation regarding SNC-Lavalin scandal. Rumours he is considering a message of contrition.

Watch CBC cover trip cancellation over SNC-Lavalin scandal:

Watch David Menzies take a pulse of the public reaction to the SNC-Lavalin scandal outside the Danforth Music hall:

Listen to Mark Towhey deem Jessica Prince hero of the week and Trudeau Stupid of the week

 

March 6

Butts tells the justice committee that Wilson-Raybould never complained about improper pressure to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin until Trudeau decided to move her out of her coveted cabinet role as justice minister and attorney general. Wernick disputes parts of her testimony as well. Drouin provides more details about the timeline.

Watch Bob Fife (Globe and Mail) and Tonda MacCharles (The Toronto Star) speculate on Gerald Butts upcoming testimony:

Watch Power and Politics coverage of Butts’ full testimony and questioning complete with member reactions and commentator reaction:

Watch Andrew Scheer react to Butts’ testimony:

Watch former judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond react to Butts’ testimony: 

Watch Ezra Levant’s commentary on Butts’ testimony:

Watch Ezra Levant compare Trudeau’s Kokanee grope response to Butts’ testimony:

Listen to Newstalk1010’s Evan Solomon discuss Butts’ testimony with Peter MacKay

Listen to Barb Digiulio talk with Lisa Kinsella, political consultant, about Trudeau’s Feminist Brand

Watch Michael Wernick’s full second testimony before the Justice Committee:

Watch CTV’s Power Play panel discuss Wernick’s testimony in SNC-Lavalin scandal:

Watch CTV’s Power Play: The strategy session panel discuss Butts and Wernick testimony:

Watch Don Martin’s Last Word on the SNC-Lavalin situation:

Watch Andrew Lawton’s commentary of Wernick’s testimony:

Watch Andrew Coyne on why Trudeau should appear before the justice committee:

 

March 7

Justin Trudeau holds press conference on SNC-Lavalin situation.

Watch Trudeau’s press conference on the SNC-Lavalin scandal:

Watch Jagmeet Singh react to Trudeau’s press conference:

Watch Andrew Scheer react to Trudeau’s press conference:

Watch Power & Politics analyze Trudeau’s press conference:

Watch Ezra Levant’s commentary on Trudeau’s press conference:

Watch Power & Politics cover Trudeau’s apology for mistreatment of Inuit with tuberculosis:

Listen to Newstalk1010’s The Rush round table discuss the SNC-Lavalin Scandal

Read Trudeau speaks on SNC-Lavalin: A guide to what he said Thursday

Read The 2 minute crisis fix for Trudeau. You’re welcome.

Read Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould, before the fall

Read Michael Wernick’s SNC-Lavalin problem

Read Justin Trudeau’s sorry non-apology

 

March 8

The federal court rules against deferred prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

Watch cpac coverage of federal court decision on SNC-Lavalin:

Watch cpac discuss SNC-Lavalin losing court bid to avoid criminal prosecution:

Watch Christie Blatchford commentary of the SNC-Lavalin scandal to date:

Listen to Newstalk1010 The Rush Round Table discuss the SNC-Lavalin Scandal

Listen to Newstalk1010 Spin Doctors discuss the SNC-Lavalin Scandal (part 1)

Listen to Newstalk1010 Spin Doctors discuss the SNC-Lavalin Scandal (part 2)

Read Wernick raised prospect of taking ‘public interest argument’ to director of Public Prosecutions in talks with SNC-Lavalin chief

Read Finally addressing SNC-Lavalin affair, Trudeau seems to be stuck in between old and new politics

Read Trudeau, government officials tried to use legal principle to justify political interference in SNC-Lavalin, former attorneys-general say

Read Recall Jody Wilson-Raybould, opposition MPs will urge after forcing emergency justice committee meeting

Read SNC-Lavalin CEO pushed for meeting with Trudeau over prosecution

Read On SNC-Lavalin, ‘every one of us owns a piece of the truth’

 

 

 

March 9

News breaks of Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes alleging that the Prime Minister met her with hostility when she informed him she would not be running for re-election. The PMO denies the allegation.

Celina Caesar-Chavannes

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Watch CBC cover Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes allege mistreatment:

Watch Wendy Mesley discuss the 2 faces of Justin Trudeau and Caesar-Chavannes:

Read Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes cryptic message

 

March 10

Watch Andrew Scheer discuss the latest in the SNC-Lavalin affair:

Watch Evan Solomon hold a week in review panel discussion around the SNC scandal:

Watch Evan Solomon hold panel on calling back Jody Wilson-Raybould with privilege lifted:

 

March 12

In 1999, Canada signed on to a global anti-bribery convention overseen by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The OECD’s working group on bribery announced on March 11 that it is concerned by the SNC allegations and would monitor the outcome of the various investigations.

 

Watch Power & Politics discuss OECD ‘concerned’ about SNC-Lavalin affair:

Watch OECD chair Drago Kos discuss concerns regarding anti-bribery convention:

Read OECD says potential job losses not a reason to shelve SNC-Lavalin prosecution

Read OECD ‘concerned’ by allegations Trudeau interfered in SNC-Lavalin case

Read OECD anti-bribery officials ‘concerned’ by SNC-Lavalin affair, plan to ‘closely monitor’ case

Read OECD’s statement on SNC-Lavalin is only its second-ever about specific bribery allegations

Read The inconvenient reality: Economic interest has nothing to do with SNC-Lavalin getting a DPA

Read Andrew Scheer’s LavScam fumble

Read The world is watching, Justin Trudeau

Read Does Justin Trudeau know what he’s doing?

 

 

March 13

The Liberal-dominated House of Commons justice committee shut down opposition parties’ attempt on Wednesday to recall former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould for further testimony about the pressure exerted on her to abandon the fraud and bribery prosecution of engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

Half an hour into an emergency meeting of the justice committee, Liberal MPs used their majority to adjourn without holding a vote on whether to recall Ms. Wilson-Raybould, drawing cries of “shame,” “despicable” and “cover-up” from opposition MPs.

Watch Opposition proclaim “cover up” while Liberal majority shuts down emergency meeting:

Watch CBC table panel discussion around SNC-Lavalin situation:

Watch Power & Politics panel Liberals shut down an emergency meeting:

Watch CBC hold SNC-Lavalin Q&A:

Watch Andrew Scheer allege a Liberal cover up around the SNC-Lavalin scandal:

Watch MPs react to the Liberal shutdown of the emergency meeting:

Watch Andrew Lawton discuss the Liberal shutdown of the emergency meeting:

Watch David Menzies drive around Ottawa with the JailTrudeau.com truck and speak with the public about their approval on Trudeau:

Read Liberals quickly shut down debate on recalling Jody Wilson-Raybould to testify again

Read Bring back Gerry Butts

 

 

March 17

Watch highlights in question period regarding the budget:

 

March 18

Michael Wernick attends a swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Friday, March 1, 2019. He announced plans to step down as clerk of the Privy Council less than a month later. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Former deputy prime minister, justice minister and attorney general Anne McLellan has been tasked with examining the relationship between the Prime Minister’s Office and the dual role of justice minister and attorney general. She’s due to give Mr. Trudeau her findings by June 30.

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Watch highlights from question period:

Watch Tom Mulcair react to Michael Wernick resignation:

Watch Adrian Batra and Lorrie Goldstein react to the cabinet shuffle:

Watch Power & Politics cover cabinet shuffle:

Watch Leo Knight discuss Anne McLellan appointment:

Watch Michelle Rempel discuss Anne McLellan appointment:

Watch CTV covering Michael wernick retirement:

Watch Tom Mulcair on his take over the Michael Wernick retirement:

Read Trudeau appoints Anne McLellan to advise PMO on the role of justice minister, attorney general in cabinet

Read Michael Wernick to quit before the next election: Full text of letter to PM

Read Scott Brison has retired from politics—but politics haven’t retired from him

 

 

March 19

Following five weeks and 13 hours of testimony, behind closed doors Tuesday, The Parliamentary Justice Committee has ended its study on the SNC-Lavalin issue without the further testimony from Jody Wilson-Raybould that opposition MPs had demanded. Citing that the committee has spent enough time on the matter and needs to move on. That the overall coverage on the SNC-Lavalin/Wilson-Raybould situation was “unprecedented”. Although during the closed door meeting Liberals released confidential documents to media which were tweeted out to the public. Later on that day the Liberal government released their federal budget for 2019.

Watch Opposition halt the meeting to confront to confront the media about reporting on confidential documents:

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Watch opposition discuss what went on behind closed-door meeting of the house justice committee:

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Read Liberals drop SNC-Lavalin study at justice committee

Watch opposition accuse Liberals of silencing Jody Wilson-Raybould:

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Watch Andrew Scheer react to the Liberal shutdown of the SNC-Lavalin probe:

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Watch CTV news cover the ending of the SNC-Lavalin probe:

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Watch Federal budget speech 2019:

Watch Andrew Scheer react to the federal budget:

Watch Jagmeet Singh react to the federal budget:

Watch Adrian Batra and Lorrie Goldstein react to the new budget:

Watch CPAC cover Budget 2019:

Watch the True North initiative react to the federal budget:

Watch Financial Post breaking down the 2019 federal budget:

Watch Global News discuss federal budget:

Watch Conservatives shout down finance minister in house budget speech:

Watch Tom Mulcair react to the budget:

Read a federal budget from a government that has abandoned its poetic phase

Read Christie Blatchford: Liberals shut down SNC probe with dazzling duplicity

Read Trudeau will fail at making the SNC-Lavalin affair fade away. We will learn the truth

Read The Liberals just can’t quit the SNC-Lavalin scandal

Read Nothing to see here, says party desperately hiding something

 

March 20

MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes quits the Liberal Caucus.

Watch Don Martin discuss Mp Caesar-Chavannes resignation:

 

March 21

Macleans publishes an interview with Jane Philpott where she claims “there’s much more to the story that needs to be told”. Also MPs worked through the night to get through 257 separate confidence votes needed thanks to a Conservative filibuster 30-hour voting marathon in the House of Commons over the SNC-Lavalin affair introduced as a protest against the government shutting down its investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Read Maclean’s ‘There’s much more to the story that needs to be told’

Read Jane Philpott speaks: ‘An attempt to shut down the story’

Read Anne McLellan’s appointment: one more bumbling bid to bury the SNC-Lavalin affair

Read What Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott can actually say — and where

Watch Trudeau respond to questions on SNC-Lavalin:

Watch CBC coverage on Wilson-Raybould providing a written statement on the SNC-Lavalin issue:

Watch Power & Politics interview Justice committee chairman Anthony Housefather over written statement by Wilson-Raybould:

Watch Michelle Rempel and Jagmeet Singh on the shut down of the justice committee

Watch Don Martin’s Last Word on Jane Philpott:

Watch BNN Bloomberg interview SNC-Lavalin CEO Neil Bruce:

Watch CTV continued coverage and panel discussion of SNC-Lavalin:

Watch Power & Politics on what’s preventing Wilson-Raybould and Philpott from speaking in the commons:

Watch Christie Blatchford on Trudeau needs to let Wilson-Raybould and Philpott speak:

Read Trudeau calls SNC affair a ‘pretty serious difference of opinion’

Read Wilson-Raybould will table more evidence of political meddling in SNC-Lavalin affair

Read Anne McLellan says she’s keeping an open mind as she reviews role of attorney-general, justice minister

Read Politics Briefing: The SNC-Lavalin show goes on as Philpott speaks out

 

March 25

Opposition attempts to open new SNC-Lavalin probe with ethics committee and Liberals once again use their majority to vote down the motion. Jody Wilson-Raybould submits a written statement to the Justice Chair for further review in a plea to allow a second testimony and to reopen the SNC-Lavalin probe.

Watch CityNews report on Wilson-Raybould Submits documents to ethics committee:

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Watch ethics committee vote down new ethics probe into SNC-Lavalin:

Watch Andrew Scheer on Trudeau’s excuses over SNC-Lavalin “widely debunked”:

Watch SCC pick may have lead to tension between PM and Wilson-Raybould:

Watch Lisa Raitt demands investigation into SCC appointment leaks:

Watch CPAC discuss the Jane Philpott interview:

Watch CPAC discuss SNC-Lavalin scandal’s influence on the 2019 elections:

Watch Evan Solomon on Wilson-Raybould and Philpott should speak in parliament:

Watch Evan Solomon panel discussion on Philpott’s bombshell interview:

Watch opposition call argument against ethics committee probe a “red herring”:

Watch does Wilson-Raybould need an additional waiver to speak?:

Watch Power & Politics cover Liberal blocking of new SNC-Lavalin ethics probe:

Watch Power & Politics discuss ethics committee probe controversy:

 

March 28

Read the transcript of the secretly recorded call between Jody Wilson-Raybould and Michael Wernick

Watch Trudeau discuss “changing processes” in PMO:

Read: COMMENTARY: Justin Trudeau’s handling of the Jody Wilson-Raybould matter likely wouldn’t fly in the corporate world

 

April 2

In a bid to unite the Liberal Party ahead of the 2019 election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has ejected Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from caucus for their public dissent over the government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Watch Trudeau announce he has kicked Wilson-Raybould and Philpott from party:

 

April 4

Watch Robert Fife on Wilson-Raybould’s demands: ‘What’s wrong with an apology?’:

 

April 7

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says that Prime Minister Trudeau threatened to sue him over his criticisms of the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

Watch Andrew Scheer explain being threatened by the Prime Minister:

Watch Trudeau answer questions around lawsuit threats to Scheer in scrum:

Watch Question Period with Evan Soloman hold panel with Bob Fife:

 

April 9

Jane Philpott speaks out about how the PM broke party policy by removing her without a caucus vote. 

Watch CTV covering Jane Philpott’s accusation:

 

April 14

Jane Philpott contemplates her political future and contends with accusations of being “attention seeking”.

 

April 24

Jody Wilson-Raybould attacks Liberal’s lack of real progress within the indigenous community.

 

April 30

A confidential document sent to the Liberal Party of Canada in 2016, and obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada, reveals how top officials at SNC-Lavalin were named in a scheme to illegally influence Canadian elections.

 

May 3

Globe and Mail Ottawa bureau chief Robert Fife said he was worried for weeks after breaking the SNC-Lavalin story that has rocked the Liberal government, fearing that former cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould would refute his reporting. He spoke to Power & Politics host Vassy Kapelos.

 

May 24

Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, former Liberal cabinet ministers who resigned over the Liberal government’s SNC-Lavalin controversy, say they will make announcements Monday about their political futures.

Watch Power & Politics discuss political future for Philpott and Wilson-Raybould:

 

May 27

Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott declare they will run for re-election in the next federal election as independents.

Watch Wilson-Raybould discuss her running as an independent:

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s riding association members quit Liberals to work for her campaign as an independent.

 

May 29

There is enough evidence against SNC-Lavalin for it to be tried on fraud and bribery charges, a Quebec Court judge has ruled. The engineering giant spent months lobbying Ottawa to avoid a trial, and the case is at the centre of an upheaval for the Trudeau government.

Jody Wilson-Raybould plays a recording of Michael Wernick to the justice committee in an appeal to reopen the SNC probe. The Liberal majority voted down the reopening of the SNC probe despite the new evidence. The media reports on suspicion over Wilson-Raybould’s judgement in conducting an illegal recording, given her status as a lawyer. They do not discuss the things disclosed by Wernick throughout the call which verified all of her testimony and disproved all claims by Trudeau through his various press conferences since the time of the Globe and Mail article. The media narrative then shifts to questions of whether or not Wilson-Raybould and Philpott hurt the Liberal party’s chances of getting re-elected.

 

June 3

Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott sit down with Evan Solomon on running as independents in the upcoming Federal election:

June 14

Justin Trudeau sits down with Celine but she will not be returning to the Liberal party

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The MPs who got the boot or left their caucus over the last four years:

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Read SNC-Lavalin never claimed jobs were at risk, CEO Neil Bruce says

Read Crimes, deals and fines: A guide to deferred prosecution agreements

Read From the archives: The inside story of SNC-Lavalin’s Gadhafi disaster

Read Justice, jobs and SNC-Lavalin: How much does the engineering giant matter to the economy?

Watch True North debunk Trudeau’s justification for interference:

 

Disclaimer:

The following TVO episode serves as a perfect example of the toxic nature of hyper partisanship. The reason why people use terms like “shill media” is because mainstream media which is supposed to be held to a standard and with at least SOME expectation of non-partisan reporting and reasoned analysis. This episode of the agenda is so disgusting that I do not see how the show can continue with any credibility. As far as I’m concerned I will now be referencing TVO as Canada’s Liberal equivalent to Fox news.

Greg Sorbara, former ontario liberal finance minister actually states, with regard to the SNC-Lavalin scandal, that he ‘can’t see the mischief”. And regarding Ms. Wilson-Raybould “if you don’t like being under undue pressure, don’t take a cabinet seat.” He is well within his right to state such disgusting opinions but having gone almost completely unchallenged and then by Paikin shifting the conversation to the OPP commissioner situation surrounding Doug Ford (where it isn’t a scandal or illegal or immoral to appoint friends with the OPP commissioner, as McGuinty did before him, openly calling his OPP chief his “great friend”) really shows the true hyper-partisan bias of TVO and their producers.

If you are one of these people who discredit Rebel Media as being “stunt journalism” then you must watch this and understand that media plays a role in the discourse of the country. and TVO has made it clear that their role is to influence the province to develop a liberal bias by refusing to hold Liberals to anywhere near the same standard as conservatives. In a time when the province voted overwhelmingly for a conservative government, TVO no longer speaks on behalf of the province. From now on I will be referring to TVO as I refer to CBC, as activist based narrative reporting. TVO should be ashamed to ruin their reputation over cheap partisan bias. It’s a damn shame and I hope Paikin is losing sleep at night for the reputation he’s dragging through the hyper partisan swampy mud. This isn’t news, it’s propaganda and I am only sharing this so you can see exactly what that looks like:

Read Are 9,000 SNC jobs really in peril? A reality check on the job market

Read How Jody Wilson-Raybould could speak her truth, even if Liberals block return to justice committee

Read Did SNC-Lavalin enable Gadhafi’s brutality?

Read The impossible position: Canada’s attorney-general cannot be our justice minister

Read OECD says potential job losses not a reason to shelve SNC-Lavalin prosecution

Read The Globe canvassed all liberal MPs on SNC, here are their responses

Read Indigenous leaders applaud Wilson-Raybould, but stay clear of criticizing Trudeau

Read Wilson-Raybould on SNC-Lavalin and Trudeau: What you missed from her bombshell testimony, and what it means

Read What are the PMO and PCO, and what do they do? A guide for the SNC-Lavalin affair

Read SNC-Lavalin, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Trudeau’s PMO: The story so far

Read Jody Wilson-Raybould and the paradox of reconciliation in Canada

Read Jody Wilson-Raybould’s accusation goes to the very heart of Canadian justice

Read Trudeau has lost the moral mandate to govern

 

Watch Abacus CEO discuss the impact of the SNC-Lavalin affair on the Trudeau government:

 

Watch Power and Politics visualize key dates and events outlined by Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

 

Watch Steven Ledrew judges Trudeau’s transparency test on SNC-Lavalin:

 

Watch Steven Ledrew argue for why Trudeau should resign over SNC-Lavalin:

 

Watch Lorrie Goldstein scrutinizing Trudeau’s track record to date and handling of SNC-Lavalin affair:

 

Watch: MP Michelle Rempel breakdown the sequence of events from the RCMP charges against SNC-Lavalin to the testimony of Jody Wilson-Raybould:

 

Watch CBC compare Butts’ and Wilson-Raybould’s versions of SNC-Lavalin affair:

 

Watch Andrew Coyne’s reaction to Gerald Butts testimony and the SNC scandal:

 

Watch Jody Wilson-Raybould comment on the Colten Boushie court case (on indigenous relations and the justice system):

 

Watch Trudeau’s year end sit down with Evan Solomon ‘Canadians expect me to stand up for the rules’:

 

Watch Trudeau speak about energy east pipeline July 20, 2015:

 

Watch Christie Blatchford ask why Liberals are so cozy with SNC-Lavalin:

 

Watch BLG perform a body language reading of Trudeau’s response to Wilson-Raybould’s testimony:

Trump’s worst fake news claim yet

 

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A photo on the Facebook page of the deep-south born white American showed shoes. “Other guy goals,” the caption read. Below it was a photo of a cache of military-style firearms. “My goals,” read the post by the man, who identified himself in his profile as “John Smith.” He has since deleted the post. On Facebook, the man described himself in a recent post as a “MAGA warrior residing in the land of godlessness”

But more than two years after flying back to Georgia and telling reporters he participated in the brutal Trump rallies in Las Vegas, he has not been arrested.

“No unbeliever can touch me,” he said in a recent text message to a former friend, who shared it with local news sources.

The Trump administration was to respond Tuesday to a House motion that called for “a plan to immediately bring to justice anyone who has promoted hate or participated in any violent activity.”

Although introduced by the Democratic opposition, the house supported the Oct. 22 motion, which specifically urged action against those “who are in America or have American citizenship.”

“This President has failed to secure America so badly that genocidal maniacs feel safe to brag to their friends about our President’s fecklessness,” House Judiciary Committee member Michelle Rempel said during Question Period on Monday, referring to the local news report about the white American.

In response, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said police and security agencies “are far more proficient at securing the country and keeping Americans safe than the alleged sources that are referred to by the opposition.

 

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OK. Full stop. Let’s take a moment to digest all of this. This could be direct evidence as to how exactly Trump is enabling violent discourse throughout the country. The only problem with this is that the real fake news is me. This isn’t actually a story about Trump. I mean, it’s a real news story but this has nothing to do with America. It’s about a former ISIS fighter in Syria who our Trudeau government has invited back home.

 

Fake: “MAGA warrior residing in the land of godlessness”

Real: “Mujahid residing in Dar al Kufr” — a jihadist fighter in the land of disbelief.

Fake: after flying back to Georgia and telling reporters he participated in the brutal Trump rallies in Las Vegas, he has not been arrested.

Real: after flying back to Toronto and telling reporters he had served in the brutal ISIS police in Syria, he has not been arrested.

 

What I have done here was an intentional attempt to provoke you. But to provoke you in a meaningful way. To challenge your preconceived notions. To apply your values in one situation to another which merely poses the same question, do we oppose government officials who denigrate journalism that questions their decisions and policy? Because even though Ralph Goodale was more articulate than needing to call Global News fake news or the enemy of the people, he’s still outright denying the legitimacy of the report.

It’s the fact he’s merely dismissing it outright rather than opposing it with contradictory information. This new Liberal tactic of if you’re unethical I don’t need to talk to you. Only their criteria for what’s unethical borders around whether or not you disagree with them. And we all know how the Trudeau Liberals feel about borders. The reason this is such a big deal is because this isn’t a report discussed on fringe news medias like independent youtubers or the detested Rebel Media. It’s Global News, among the mainstream media. But he’s treating them as if they were Rebel Media by simply discrediting their journalism.

Why? Because it counters the Liberal narrative so it must be opposed. It’s not about truth. And that’s why this assault on free speech is so disturbing. Because the only “evidence based” journalism they acknowledge is that which has no objectivity. This is why we are seeing more and more questions posed to this government being met with claims of fake news or promoting hate or illegitimate due to it’s phobic orientation. These are slurs, not arguments, not answers. All to simply silence opposition by taking to a moral high ground to signal one’s virtues to the world rather than actually face scrutiny.

The photo I shared at the top I made up to mimic the real photo on the official Global News website. And the guy who posted the facebook image was Abu Huzayfa. But the only alteration to the text message, “No unbeliever can touch me,” was the word “unbeliever” with the Arabic word “kafir” which translates into non-believer. I even left in Michelle Rempel’s real name to see if anyone would catch the hint. Or at least hopefully expose how little you pay attention to question period in the house of commons.

I mean, I get it, who has time to watch question period? But that doesn’t stop us from forming our stubborn opinions and act like armchair experts. It doesn’t stop us from voting to prop up a government that does not have our best interests at heart. It’s exactly what allowed Doug Ford to become premier. Because when I warned all my friends during the PC leadership that if they didn’t get involved then Doug Ford could win I was met with “oh, but I don’t vote conservative.” Well guess what. Ford Nation shows up to vote every time for every situation for every election. And after Doug Ford beat Christine Elliot by only like 200 votes, you now have the premier you truly deserve.

 

Real: Michelle Rempel asked the public safety minister Ralph Goodale, “This prime minister has failed to secure Canada’s borders so badly that genocidal maniacs feel safe to brag to their friends about our prime minister’s fecklessness,” Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel said during Question Period on Monday, referring to the Global News report about the Pakistani-Canadian.

Real: In response, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said police and security agencies “are far more proficient at securing the country and keeping Canadians safe than the alleged sources that are referred to by the opposition.

 

The greater point I am trying to make here is that we all need to have our preconceived notions challenged from time to time. I am by far no exception to this. But voting is more than a mere civic duty, it’s about fulfilling your role in a democracy predicated upon the sovereign individual. A value structure that is not shared globally. A value structure that is itself attacked wherever individual freedoms and liberty are suppressed. And every person who abandons their role in such a value structure is enabling those who would revoke such freedoms and liberties. Honestly, if you don’t want to participate in the western experiment then why don’t you opt out of it? Move to Saudi Arabia where the laws and rights are very structured and where you don’t have to be responsible for government. Just simply let the Monarchs bear all the responsibilities that come with governing. You do what your told and then you get to live out your days. Sounds way better than any patriarchal tyranny going on here in the west, for sure!

To allow ourselves to fall back into the apathy of group think and vote based on the tribe we subscribe to is a betrayal to the core values that was the foundation that our democracy was built on. We need to vote on issues. Issues are colour blind. And though a party governing philosophy, local representation and leadership weighs greatly on who we decide to support we also need to have the honesty to look within ourselves to observe what the issues are of the day and who is best representing the initiative to face the challenges ahead. We often become dispossessed by the present we inherited by our past but we always forget that the future depends on what we do now, in the present.

When claims of fake news looks like this, it’s easy to oppose:

But when someone more articulate dismisses questions with a more civil demeanor it’s much harder to discern what’s actually going on. But when a politician refuses to answer a question there’s a reason why. And in this case the Liberals are not answering questions on carbon tax, asylum seekers, ISIS fighters returning to Canada and now this “non-binding” UN Global Compact they’ve been working on since 2016. When asked about the Tori Stafford killer Terry Lynne McClintic going from a prison to a healing lodge Trudeau literally just called the conservatives “ambulance chasing politicians“. You could literally see the hit of dopamine in his eyes from the smugness he thrives on. I’m just saying that if Fox news can stand in solidarity with CNN to defend free speech then we should also be willing to hold those accountable who seek to stifle access to information, deny the right to speak freely or defame those who scrutinize.

Before I end this I want to provoke you with one more thing. I want to address the actual story here because I want to point out something very important, which is why I decided to get out of bed at 4:00am to start this. When the Pakistani-Canadian texted his friend, “No kafir can touch me,” he was absolutely correct. We need to ask why we even have laws or borders or rules at all in general. Because there is a value system behind those laws. It’s called the spirit of the law. And it embodies the intent of those who wrote the laws. And the motivation behind those intentions were moral values. Judeo-Christian values such as the dignity of human life.

The Liberals are following the letter of the law but not the spirit of the law. The problem with the written law as words on paper is the ambiguity of language. It allows for loopholes to be exploited. There could be no better example of this than the case of Terry Lynne McClintic. You can’t commit a more egregious crime than what she did. And to find yourself in line with defending her actions, in my opinion, puts you in contempt of the court. If laws do not uphold our moral values then justice is not being served. It is a moral distinction between what is right and wrong. It is the written laws that enables us to act on those moral distinctions. Therefore without the spirit, the law itself is hollow. So sometimes we need to stop, take a step back and reassess whether or not we are doing the right thing.

Based on how Liberals follow rules, there is no reason to believe that they will act on any punishment against these returning ISIS fighters. They openly seek to rehabilitate them. As if they committed some misdemeanor. Get caught for rolling through a stop sign and you will face more persecution than any of these ISIS war mongers who behead, weaponize rape and vow to God to oppose each and every one of us simply by our identity. There is no “rehabilitating” a fundamental commitment to hatred and violence. And what remains of ISIS is learning that the best way to destroy the west isn’t to actually fight them, it’s to stand with us and allow us to fight ourselves until they merely inherit the ruin that remains.

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I say this because today’s political correct culture allows for there to be double standards. It’s ok to condemn christians in the name of free expression. But say anything bad about Islam or Muslims and that’s blasphemy. Sorry, I mean “Islamophobic”. Which takes priority over your sovereign speech. Every time we appease the ouroboros SJW mob and bow to political correctness, we forfeit our freedoms and liberties. And I do sincerely apply this to every possible scenario because we already have amendments on freedom such as libel and defamation laws and incitement of violence laws. Everything else is up to the society made up of sovereign individuals within our sovereign state to enforce, it is not the role of government to legislate and compel.

If I were this Pakistani ISIS fighter I’d lawyer up and probably within a year I could find myself in a hotel room like the asylum seekers or with an out of court settlement for 10 million dollars like convicted terrorist Omar Kadhr, or both. And Trudeau himself would probably pose for selfies with me as the cherry on top. Because that’s how you follow the letter of the laws to destroy a country from within in the same way an infection kills it’s host. These are issues that we should all be able to agree on. And we should all stand to tell Trudeau loud and clear that we must have justice. And allowing ISIS to freely walk among us is to surrender to those who seek to conquer us.

You are a part of this culture war whether you want to be or not. And in this war silence is consent. Generations before you have built a society to honour you every single day. It’s time to take your place in the greater destiny of the world and uphold the values you’ve benefited from. It’s the Trudeau government itself which requires rehabilitation. Trudeau may have won the last election based on a popular vote but let’s not forget that before they even lost official opposition status. They have been out of touch with people for a very long time and even now the values they portray are that of special interest groups based on a regressive ideology that rejects enlightenment principles. All I ask is that you pay attention with open eyes and you challenge your preconceived notions as you pursue truth first before anything else.

 

Watch Michelle Rempel discuss what happened during question period more in depth:

 

Evil does seek to maintain power by suppressing the truth, or by misleading the innocent.
-Spock and McCoy, “And The Children Shall Lead”

We Need to Talk About Mohammed Bin Salman

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It started with a tweet from Chrystia Freeland, 2018 diplomat of the year, about the case of Samar Badawi. Because in a world with Trump why not just tweet all our diplomatic relations? Nothing bad has ever happened on Twitter before. I’m just glad she kept the emojis out of it this time. But lazy diplomacy aside, Ms. Freeland did raise a valid concern. Which frankly shocked me since even looking at a Muslim here in Canada is bound to get you accused of Islamophobia. Saudi Arabia has a long history of human rights violations. Or at least that’s what we would call it here in the west. But in sharia law enforced Saudi Arabia the restrictions on one’s sovereignty is considered the path to God.

Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was appointed defence minister on January 23, 2015, after his father’s accession to the throne. In the same year, he was named deputy crown prince. He has enforced a more aggressive foreign policy to rival Iran’s influence in the nearby regions. He has made headlines around the world in making social progressive changes of allowing women to drive and revoking the authority of the religious police to make arrests. In April of 2016 he declared his plans to diversify and privatize Saudi Arabia’s economy in an effort to rely less on oil. The plan is by the year 2030 Saudi Arabia will attract investment capital as it serves to connect the neighbouring continents.

However this was seen to be more of a PR stunt to distract from the controversial “purge” that was happening in the background. In November 2017, four ministers, 11 princes and several high-profile entrepreneurs were detained in what was called a “anti-corruption purge“. This on direct orders by Mohammad bin Salman. But critics claimed this purge targeting more competition than it did corruption. Fast forward today as Mohammad bin Salman exercises his military forces against the Houthi in Yemen, the conflict has left an estimated 56 000 dead while thousands other suffer from malnutrition and disease.

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The most recent development was the murder of The Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He had published articles in the past which took a critical aim at the royals as he called for a need for more free speech in the kingdom. He went into the Saudi consulate in Turkey to handle divorce papers from his previous wife. Only he never came out. Turkey officials conducted an investigation where they determined that Khashoggi was killed by a coordinated strike which they linked directly to Mohammad bin Salman. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the findings in a public forum and Turkish authorities released evidence including an audio tape alleged to feature Khashoggi’s last moments.

Khashoggi had written one last article before his disappearance. This has caused senators in the US like Marco Rubio to react by guaranteeing congress will take action against Saudi Arabia whether or not Trump decides to take action. Meanwhile Trump refused to take a clear position on the matter until he had irrefutable proof that it was in fact Mohammad bin Salman behind the alleged murder plot. Then later Trump came out and declared that the Saudi-US relations took precedence over whatever events transpired over the Khashoggi incident.

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Very alarmed to learn that Samar Badawi, Raif Badawi’s sister, has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. Canada stands together with the Badawi family in this difficult time, and we continue to strongly call for the release of both Raif and Samar Badawi.

– Chrystia Freeland, 2018 diplomat of the year

After tweeting this out Saudi Arabia swiftly moved to call back all their foreign exchange students which was estimated at 5,811 short term students and 9,120 long term students. Ranging from an estimated cost upwards of hundreds of millions of dollars. They also suspended all Saudi state airline trips to Toronto. Then they expelled our ambassador from Riyadh (and they did that over twitter too). Not that Freeland regrets the tweet, noting that she hadn’t said anything about Saudi Arabia that wasn’t consistent with what Liberals have been “publicly vocal” about for some time.  “There is nothing new or novel about Canada’s support for human rights, very much including women’s rights, around the world and including in Saudi Arabia,” Freeland, 2018 diplomat of the year, told reporters in Vancouver.

I don’t know if Chrystia Freeland, 2018 diplomat of the year, was aware of the risks she was taking by signalling her virtues in her tweet but frankly this narrative from the media that all of this was ever so shocking and unpredictable is complete political spin bullshit. she could have expected a strong reaction if she was aware of Saudi Arabia’s 2015 reaction to Sweden’s foreign minister. Where attention was drawn to Raif Badawi’s treatment while criticizing Riyadh’s record on human rights. Saudi Arabia’s response was to temporarily recall it’s ambassador in Stockholm. I’m just saying, when dealing with a tyrant maybe a more serious approach than social media would’ve been a more appropriate way of addressing the issue. I don’t see her as willing to take on China, Pakistan or North Korea but I wouldn’t know, I don’t follow her twitter.

 

 

Now I’m certainly not about to defend Saudi Arabia by any means. Chrystia Freeland, 2018 diplomat of the year, is still my foreign affairs minister and I’m on team Canada every time. And even if I don’t like her methods, I at least agree that it’s about damn time that Saudi Arabia get called out for their atrocious human rights violations. Although I wonder if by the Liberals own standards if what Chrystia Freeland did was Islamophobic and violates twitter’s hateful conduct policy by promoting harm against a member of their protected category. I mean, who are we to criticize an Islamic state country? When they call women whores or declare them property of their husbands or sons, isn’t that just their truth?

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The part that makes this whole situation sticky is that, like the US, Canada has invested interests in Saudi Arabia. We currently trade about 4 billion worth of goods with them. A good chunk of which are military vehicles. So not only are we fiscally tied to the Saudis but we’re also complicit in what they use those combat vehicles for. You know, the war in Yemen that Trudeau has been so critical about. Some of that blood is on our hands. So we’re in the same boat as the US who does billions of dollars in military dealings with the Saudis as well. Trudeau has expressed a desire to actually pull out of these dealings but doesn’t see a way out of the current contract that was signed by the previous Harper government. At least not without losing a bunch of money in breaking the contract. My question is, are we really that sure about cutting all ties to Saudi Arabia? Over a US journalist and their handling of Badawi?

Anyway, now Trudeau is at the G20 meeting where he spoke to Prince Mohammed bin Salman about their diplomatic relations. And among the mass murder and malnutrition going on in Yemen, the planned murder of a journalist, imprisonment of Badawi, millions of dollars in trade sanctions, I’m proud to report to you that Trudeau is addressing the issues that matter most. Gender equity! I’m sure Oshawa is breathing a sigh of relief. Nothing to see here. In all seriousness Trudeau claims he did speak to the prince about how he’ll “always stand up strongly” for human rights and apparently he also spoke to Putin about what’s been going on in Ukraine. But didn’t go into details.

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My question to you is this. We do billions of dollars in trade (or at least we did) with Saudi Arabia. And they oppose a lot of countries that we oppose as allies of Israel. Like Iran and Lebanon and Syrian president Bashard al-Assad, who is supported by Russia. They also actively oppose the muslim brotherhood. They may be very different than us but in terms of our options, they’ve always played the role of the enemy of our enemies. And I hate to say it but I agree with Trump when he says if we cut off all ties only end up pushing them into the arms of our enemies. And that would no doubt be far more damaging in the long term. Perhaps the warm welcoming Putin gave M.B.S. at the G20 painted that picture perfectly.

It also doesn’t help having the Trump deranged narrative news only reporting on the details of the story around Khashoggi’s murder to make Trump look like a heartless bastard. They care more about that than even pronouncing Khashoggi’s name properly. Only a few sources seem to even be addressing that Khashoggi was more than just a journalist. He established a political party in the US called Democracy for the Arab World Now. Based around supporting Islamist gains in democratic elections throughout the region. This meant that Khashoggi was in the process of leading an Islamist political opposition to Mohammed bin Salman. So there is a hell of a lot more to this than mere censorship. And there have been allegations that in that movement he had direct ties to the Muslim Brotherhood whom we consider a terrorist organization.

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I’m not excusing what happened to Khashoggi by any means. But with so much at stake I can’t help but feel like it just isn’t worth losing the relationship we do have. And perhaps through our relationship we may have opportunities yet in the future to put more pressure on Saudi Arabia for social reform. I really do believe that. If we can impress more capitalism integration then there’s no doubt in my mind that liberty will find it’s way to the people. If they do manage to pull off their 2030 vision, well that’s a lot of opportunity there. And we need to think about the future. I’d like to know what you think about all of this. Wherever you fall on the issue, this is definitely something we all need to be discussing. We need to talk about Mohammed bin Salman.

 

“hold your friends close but your enemies closer.”

  • Michael Corleone (Mario Puzo), The Godfather Part II