Last night, we taped the show just before Justin Trudeau kicked Jody Wilson-Raybould out of the Liberal caucus, and stripped her right to run in the next election as a Liberal — even though she had been confirmed as the candidate a few weeks ago.
And he did the same to Dr. Jane Philpott. Trudeau said he just couldn’t trust them.
I suppose that’s right — he can’t trust them to shut up when he’s trying to do something illegal...
Trudeau said that what tipped things for him was that Jody Wilson-Raybould recorded a conversation where Michael Wernick, the disgraced former clerk of the privy council, was threatening her.
You bet she recorded it. This was the 17th or 18th time they were pressuring her, and obviously Trudeau denied it later. Wilson-Raybould didn’t actually release that tape until last week, in response to lies that Wernick, Trudeau, Gerald Butts and other Liberals were telling about her.
That tape was the smartest thing she did. And it wasn’t illegal — it is not illegal to tape a conversation you’re in, even if you don’t tell the other person.
Today the CBC tried to spin that recording by saying, sure, it was legal, nothing illegal about it, but it was unethical.
But the story doesn’t actually quote any lawyers saying it crossed an ethical line. The CBC state broadcaster just put that headline on it, because they serve Justin Trudeau.
Even so: why was Jane Philpott fired? She didn’t tape anybody. She just said she doesn’t trust Trudeau to do the right thing.
Well, that’s the point — this wasn’t about anything other than loyalty to Trudeau himself. Above loyalty to the law. About loyalty to your own conscience.
Bit of a pattern here, I think. A few months ago, Trudeau drove out Liberal MP Leona Alleslev. She said Trudeau didn’t let her speak, only used her as window-dressing. She crossed the floor to the Conservatives.
And then Jody Wilson-Raybould. And Jane Philpott. And then Celina Caesar-Chevannes — who said Trudeau raged at her when she said she was going to announce she wasn’t running again.
Why does Mr. Male Feminist have such a problem working with women?
A bit of irony: There’s a feminist lobby group on Parliament Hill today:
"Dear @JustinTrudeau We are here in Ottawa as young women participating in a conference and we wholeheartedly condemn you ejecting Jody Wilson-Raybould & Jane Philpott from caucus. Respect the integrity of women & indigenous leaders in politics. Do better. #cdnpoli"
Well, they were reportedly given a lecture about their meeting with Trudeau — they were told not to pull any stunts or embarrass him, because otherwise their funding would be jeopardized.
So, really, the same message that Liberal MPs were given last night:
If you criticize the boss, the white male patriarch, Justin Trudeau — he will take your job, and your pride. Best to learn that now, girls.
TONIGHT I'll also tell you what the law says about the firing of caucus members. I don't think the firing of Jody Wilson-Raybould met those conditions.
Personally, I think a party leader in Parliament probably should be able to kick out a member for any reason or no reason. I think so. But that’s not what the law says.
But then again, under Trudeau, what the law says, really isn’t that important anymore, is it...?
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My guest Barbara Kay joins me to talk about what the "Anglo" media in the rest of Canada is missing in their coverage of this proposed law.
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