As we've been reporting, the Globe and Mail released a bombshell, front page investigation into corruption at the engineering firm SNC Lavalin, and the pressure put on the former justice minister, Jody Wilson Raybould, to drop criminal charges against the company.
When Justin Trudeau first answered questions about it, he looked nervous and irritated. He gave overlawyered answers. Frankly, he looked like he was lying.
But then yesterday, a whole different thing happened.
Trudeau talked about the scandal with a grin, and a sparkle in his eyes. He look like a winner, who has won.
He said he still had "full confidence" in Wilson-Raybould, and added:
"In our system of government, of course, her presence in cabinet should actually speak for itself."
There was an implication there:
Not only was Wilson-Raybould happy to be part of Team Trudeau. She still had something to lose, didn’t she? He still had power over her, didn’t he?
Well, I don’t think she liked Trudeau's grin.
So she quit.
Her statement read, in part:
"I am aware that many Canadians wish for me to speak on matters that have been in the media over the last week. I am in the process of obtaining advice on the topics that I am legally permitted to discuss in this matter and as such, have retained the Honourable Thomas Alberta Cromwell, CC as counsel.”
She’s lawyered up, with a former Supreme Court judge as her lawyer. And she signed that letter "Puglaas," her Aboriginal name, which means "honourable."
As in: You can’t buy her off with a few baubles.
Trudeau has hired any number of grifters and grafters, as race and gender tokens, and they’d give him cover to do whatever he wants. It’s the best job any of them will ever have. They have no skills.
In Trudeau’s world, recruiting Jody Wilson-Raybould was the best of all, though:
An Aboriginal woman of colour from the west coast, the daughter of a hereditary chief. In the poker game of political correctness, that’s the royal flush.
What delicious irony that she’s the only one in Trudeau’s cabinet who actually acted with integrity and loyalty to the country...
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