Instead of dealing with declining Canadian crude oil production, or the executive order signed by Trump for a “buy American” trade barrier, our whole political class is obsessed by Trudeau’s scandals.
Even the U.S. ambassador, who should be fighting for Canadian exports to the U.S, is busy holed up in Ottawa with Trudeau, trying to fix the SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal.
Yesterday Gerald Butts came out with his side of the story. It didn’t rebut most of the points made by Jody Wilson-Raybould, but essentially calling Raybould-wilson a liar.
So until yesterday, it was just "she said and she said" — JRW, and Dr. Jane Phlipott, who quit with a stunning letter saying she didn’t trust Trudeau anymore.
But yesterday it became "she said, he said."
And today Trudeau weighed in, as if he was above the fray. He described himself as someone observing, outside of it. As if he were a referee, not a fighter. Or a critic of a play, not an actor in it.
You see, he said, there are two sides to the story — JWR and Gerald Butts. And Trudeau will tell you who was right.
TONIGHT I'll show you some clips of Trudeau's remarks from this morning. Things like:
"I’ve spent my entire political career fighting for justice, and for people. Social justice. Protecting Canadian jobs. Since I started politics, I’ve always worked to the best of my abilities to represent people faithfully. The SNC-Lavalin file was no exception to this rule.”
That’s obviously untrue. He hasn’t lifted a finger for 200,000 unemployed oil and gas workers — other than to cancel pipelines and bring in McKenna’s crazy bill.
And I can’t name any justice he’s fought for — he’s actually fighting to exempt rich Quebec companies from justice. But even that’s not allowed; it’s illegal to consider job losses as a reason for not prosecuting a criminal company. But that’s exactly the excuse he used. And really — who’s going to call him on it? The CBC?
"SNC-Lavalin is a company that employs 9,000 Canadians across this country. They create many thousands of spinoff jobs and peripheral industries. They directly or indirectly put food on the table for countless families as one of Canada’s major employers.”
Yeah, he did this to stop people from starving. Because God forbid, a company with a market capitalization of more than $6 billion should have to pay $50 million in fines. Sure, they paid $48 million in bribes. But that's different...
What a kook.
Now, some reporters were skeptical. But anyone can see that skepticism in the Media Party waning.
I say again what I said yesterday:
Unless the RCMP investigate, he’s going to get away with it.
Oh — and the economy and all that? Well, I’m sure you’re just experiencing that differently than he is...
NEXT: Toronto Sun columnist Anthony Furey has said that "this is all about credibility" and in that contest, "Jody Wilson-Raybould comes out on top."
Tonight he's my guest to talk about this, and what's next for the Trudeau Liberals.
FINALLY: Your messages to me!