Another day, another front page story about Justin Trudeau’s disastrous handling of the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
A couple of days ago he sacked his two top cabinet ministers who were women.
The CBC has run all sorts of attacks against these two women, and none of them have worked. Today's attempt is this one:
Wilson-Raybould set multiple conditions for ending the rift with Trudeau, say sources
Weeks of tense negotiations preceded the PM's highly controversial decision to eject two high-profile MPs
What were those demands? Like cash, or power, or a promotion or something?
Yeah, no. The opposite:
The first three conditions involved staff changes at the very summit of the government. The sources said Wilson-Raybould wanted Trudeau to fire his principal secretary, Gerald Butts, along with Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick and PMO senior adviser Mathieu Bouchard.
This rings true. Gerald Butts quit, unexpectedly, soon after this story started spreading. Micheal Wernick quit, too. Mathieu Bouchard was one of the PMO staff pushing to let the corrupt SNC Lavalin off the hook.
So this is good.
And look at the last two points:
Sources said she also sought assurances that her replacement as attorney general, David Lametti, would not overrule Director of Public Prosecutions Kathleen Roussell and direct her to give SNC-Lavalin a deferred prosecution agreement.
Wilson-Raybould also wanted Justin Trudeau to admit — publicly, or to caucus alone — that his office acted inappropriately in its attempts to convince her to consider granting SNC-Lavalin a DPA.
Again, that makes a lot of sense: Promise to stop interfering.
And the last point — that Trudeau would have to acknowledge that his previous course of action was wrong, even just to MPs in private — how is that not common sense?
I mean, unless Trudeau still thinks everything is fine?
And that’s a big question, isn’t it?
(If nothing’s wrong, why indeed did Wernick and Butts quit? Does that mean they’ll be coming back?)
Meanwhile, did you see Trudeau speaking to a group of young women who visited Parliament yesterday?
Almost 50 of these women stood up and turned their back on him. It was incredible, given how much he’s sold himself as a male feminist; these young women are (or were) his core demographic.
And what did Trudeau actually say during this speech?
First of all, he actually forgot Jane Philpott’s name, which is weird. But then he reframed this whole crisis as between quarrelling women: JWR versus Chrystia Freeland. Jane Philpott vs. Catherine McKenna.
So, this isn’t about him. It’s between quarrelsome, bitchy women — and he’s the calm father figure above it all.
Trudeau is playing a weird, sociopathic political game here. He’s gaslighting them.
He really needs this SNC Lavalin problem to go away. Because if it actually goes to trial, and if actual facts come out, it perhaps will become an extinction-level event for him and his party, by revealing something that we don’t yet know, but that’s lurking...
NEXT: We recently launched a campaign to support students and teachers at a Jewish school in Toronto, who are being punished by their own school due to insane charges of being... anti-semitic!
It's a crazy story — a bit like the "Covington kids" story in the United States.
You can learn all about it, and see how you can support these young people, at StandWithAviva.com.
Tonight, an alumnus of the school, Noah Alter, joins me to talk more about this shameful situation.
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