I’ve said it before:
There must be something truly awful in the Liberal Party’s dealings with SNC-Lavalin, the corrupt Quebec-based engineering company — for Trudeau, Gerald Butts and Katie Telford to decide not only to fire Jody Wilson-Raybould, their star attorney general, but then to keep doubling down on it.
Even today, when asked about SNC-Lavalin, Trudeau says he’s still thinking he’s going to force the prosecutor to drop the charges.
If SNC-Lavalin gave $48 million to the Gadhafis, why wouldn’t they give, say, $10 million to Trudeau?
Do you think that Trudeau is above taking it? He took an illegal vacation on Billionaire’s Island and tried to keep it a secret.
I’m just engaging in pure speculation. Because I simply can’t imagine what is so terrifying about prosecuting SCN-Lavalin for corruption that would cause Trudeau to wreck his whole team, wreck his whole term over it.
Unless there was something far, far worse — implicating his inner circle. Or even himself.
Maybe it has to do with this headline in the CBC of all places today:
Names of SNC employees, executives behind thousands of dollars in illegal Liberal Party donations revealed
Former attorney general of Quebec denies involvement in scheme that broke Canadian election law
A confidential document sent to the Liberal Party of Canada in 2016, and obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada, reveals how top officials at the embattled engineering firm SNC-Lavalin were named in a scheme to illegally influence Canadian elections.
The list of names, compiled in 2016 by federal investigators probing political party donations and leaked to CBC's The Fifth Estate and Radio-Canada's Enquête, raises new questions about an agreement by the Commissioner of Canada Elections not to prosecute the company.
So they’ve been breaking the law again and again, and they keep getting let off the hook? By politicians?
And that’s been kept secret?
I can understand the Liberal Party keeping it a secret that they took illegal donations from a corrupt company.
But why did Elections Canada keep it a secret? Who approved their secret deal to let SNC-Lavalin go?
Now, most of the donations in question happened before Trudeau was an MP. But not all of them. Did he benefit from this money? How can you trust someone who has been convicted again and again of breaking the Conflict of Interest Act — of hiding illegal gifts?
One more story, in the Globe and Mail. It seems related to me:
PMO’s background checks on potential judges reveal more than a decade of partisan past
So Trudeau once said he’s going to be open and merit-based in his judicial appointments. He immediately proved that false, by saying he was going to have gender quotas and race quotas. But still, for judges, he pretended it was merit-based.
Now the Globe and Mail reports:
The PMO’s background checks of prospective judges cover more than a decade of their partisan past, revealing their history with the Liberal Party of Canada – including details as specific as whether they took lawn signs during election campaigns, records show.
Hang on. You’ve got a short list of judges. Presumably they’re smart, ethical, competent, respected.
But what you’re making your decision on is — if they took a Liberal election lawn sign?
Are you serious? That’s not just partisan; it’s so petty, it’s so weird, it’s so obsessive.
It’s the kind of thing someone who is so thin-skinned, so needy, so desperate to be in total control would do.
I have no proof that Justin Trudeau is being paid off by SNC-Lavalin. But given what we know about his character, and SNC-Lavalin’s character, and how corrupt this Liberal government is — I’d be shocked if he and his gold-digging wife aren’t in for seven figures personally.
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