Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Wait, Am I Missing Something?
Our friend, Warren, seems to think Justin Trudeau is the worst prime minister ever, citing an article from the Globe claiming that the Libs are obstructing an RCMP investigation into SNC-L by refusing to waive cabinet confidentiality.
I believe there was a time when this same fellow roasted an earlier prime minister, Paul Martin, for calling an official enquiry into the Chretien-era Sponsorship Scandal, a.k.a. Ad-Scam.
As I remember it, Warren blamed the Liberal misfortune not on the party miscreants, not on the responsible government of the day (the one he worked for), but on Martin. Prime minister Martin's mortal sin? He didn't cover up. He didn't stonewall. He let the facts come out.
I don't know how you reconcile those two situations. Trudeau is under no obligation to waive cabinet confidentiality, not that I've heard of. If he's acting lawfully then he's not obstructing the RCMP. Besides didn't his idol, Jody Wilson-Raybould, unequivocally state that there was no criminal wrongdoing? I'm pretty sure she said precisely that.
Martin did what was right, what was ethically right, but oh so wrong to Warren. Chretien-grade skulduggery ought to have been buried.
So how can we make sense of this? Could it be that this fellow had an axe to grind with Paul Martin in that day and an axe to grind with Justin Trudeau in this day?
Am I missing something? Is this election going to be fought on scandals - real, partial or simply made up? I'm not sure that's going to produce an 'informed' electorate when Canadians go to the polls next month. But, hey, that's the level that politics has fallen to in Canada.
Here we are in a gawdhonest climate emergency, with existential change gaining a toehold in the poorest and weakest countries and, eventually, headed our way. Shouldn't we be talking about what threatens our kids and theirs? Will we let scandals, real and imagined, suck the oxygen out of the room?
BTW - I apologize if this post sounds like I'm riding to the defence of Justin Trudeau. I'm not. I can think of plenty of reasons why he doesn't deserve to remain our prime minister. He doesn't deserve it. Then again, Canada doesn't deserve Andrew Scheer. So, yes, Trudeau is the lesser of two deficients and if we must have one, we should be content with a Liberal minority. I said "content" not happy.
Me, I'm still voting Green.