Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he accepts and takes full responsibility after Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found he violated the Conflict of Interest Act by trying to influence then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to overrule a decision to not grant a deferred prosecution agreement to Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.Does that mean that Justin takes responsibility for turfing Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus for standing up to him? Maybe, but probably not. That would be expecting too much of the Dauphin.
"We recognize the way that this happened shouldn't have happened. I take responsibility for the mistakes that I made," Trudeau said.
Then comes the "but" as in 'I take responsibility but not really.'
"My job as prime minister is to stand up for Canadians and defend their interests. Yes, it is essential that we do that in a way that defends our institutions and upholds prosecutorial independence but we need to talk about the impacts on Canadians right across the country of decisions being made," Trudeau said. "I can't apologize for standing up for Canadian jobs."Trudeau casts the whole business as standing up for Canadian jobs. That's just more Trudeau horse shit.
The ethics commissioner said his review of the SNC-Lavalin affair turned up other "troubling tactics" and behaviour by some of the country's most senior public office-holders — including an inappropriate consideration of partisan political interests when discussing whether to proceed with a criminal trial.
Dion said discussions between Trudeau, former privy council clerk Michael Wernick, his senior staff and Wilson-Raybould about a political fallout in Quebec if the federal government did not reach a DPA with the company was "improper."
During a Sept. 17, 2018, meeting about the legal matter, Trudeau reminded Wilson-Raybould that he was "an MP in Quebec — the member for Papineau," a statement Dion interpreted as an attempt by the prime minister to remind his minister about the "larger political repercussions in Quebec, both for the federal and provincial orders of government."
He said further talk of the 2019 federal election was evidence that Wilson-Raybould felt considerable pressure from the prime minister to reach a conclusion favourable to the "governing party," the Liberal Party of Canada.It's typical of this prime minister that he shows no genuine contrition for trying to meddle in a criminal prosecution to further his party and its political fortunes. That's Harper-grade shit and nothing less.