Trudeau vulnerable in Fall election amid growing damage from SNC-Lavalin file: Chantal Hebert

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We are now moving into the realm of very serious shit

Was Canada’s Justice Minister pressured in the Huawei arrest case as China has now upped the ante and Canadian lives may be at stake

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Highly recommend the At Issues Panel comments with Canada’s best pundits Hébert Coyne and Wells last nite

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Why is Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes not running again?

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No room for Liberal spin

Ha! Ha! He doesn’t know Liberals to make a comment like that

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/matt-gurney-a-brutally-clear-philpott-leaves-no-room-for-liberal-spin

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Just wondering how much longer Canadians are going to continue to elect Liberal governments who continuously deceive or try to deceive canadian voters

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 Whoa!

This whole mess keeps going from bad to worse for our beleagured prime minister whose government is obviously operating in crisis mode. Trudeau will probably will stay on as PM because who do the Liberals actually have that could replace him?

Prime minister’s Regina trip cancelled in favour of private meetings in Ottawa

https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2019/03/05/prime-ministers-regina-trip...

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When he has been acting like a big-time jerk why in the world should he get a warning!

And words don't mean dick.

If he is going to apologise Trudeau needs to back up his apology with some concrete action which means letting SNC go to trail like his ministers had decided. Let's see if he can fit into those big-boy pants now, otherwise it will just be more of the same, all smoke and mirrors to hoodwink the Canadian voters. At some point he needs to stop taking the voters for fools.  

 

Trudeau considering a statement of contrition over SNC-Lavalin

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-raybould-philpott-snc-lavalin-1...

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Liberal support erodes in 2 key demographics as SNC-Lavalin affair grinds on

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/national-today-newsletter-trudeau-ph...

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And so he should!!!

Top bureaucrat facing calls to resign, concerns raised over his role in next election

 

Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick has been facing calls from the opposition parties to resign, and now there are new questions about his role on a high-level panel responsible for deciding when and how to inform Canadians about concerning online behaviour during an election campaign.

The most senior bureaucrat in the federal government has been in the media limelight over the last few weeks due to his involvement and interjections in the ongoing SNC-Lavalin scandal.

Wernick is scheduled to testify for the second time on the SNC-Lavalin affair on Wednesday, following his eyebrow-raising first appearance. Now, it's the role that Wernick is set to play in the 2019 election campaign and how this scandal could bleed into that position that's raising new questions.

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Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick attend a swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Friday, March 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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NDP MP Charlie Angus rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Thursday February 21, 2019 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

On Monday, NDP MP and ethics critic Charlie Angus sent an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying that Wernick is "deeply compromised," has "overstepped his role," and he cannot remain in his position.

"I urge you to ask for his resignation immediately," Angus wrote.

When he testified before the House Justice Committee that is studying the SNC-Lavalin affair on Feb. 21 he offered off-topic opening remarks on the state of online discourse, partisanship and the prospect of political assassinations. Then, facing questioning from MPs, offered a series of comments that the opposition saw as biased in favour of the Liberals and, in their view, indicative of him crossing the line with his involvement in conversations about SNC-Lavalin.

Former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould then directly implicated him in her Feb. 27 testimony, alleging he was one of the senior officials who referenced Quebec jobs and political fortunes in their arguments for reconsidering a remediation agreement for the Montreal-based construction and engineering company.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/top-bureaucrat-facing-calls-to-resign-co...

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I suppose now we are seeing who actually runs Canada behind the scenes. All lobbying should be made public from now on

SNC-Lavalin CEO urged cabinet to change policies ‘expeditiously’ in 2017 letter

 

https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2019/03/05/snc-lavalin-ceo-urged-cabin...

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Trudeau’s ‘sunny ways’ were doomed to meet their SNC-Lavalin. Because this is Canada.

It’s an insanely hard country to govern. The Liberals were foolish to pretend otherwise.

 

While many, including the Prime Minister, like to draw on Wilfrid Laurier’s idiom “sunny ways,” fewer seem to recall the origins of the phrase. In the late 19th century, Canada was swept up by the Manitoba Schools question—a struggle over French language education rights in the province. Laurier described his approach as the “sunny way,” which entailed negotiation over strong-arm tactics. The crisis was eventually solved through compromise, which is to say by selling out francophones in Manitoba. Sunny ways, friends. Sunny ways. Although, perhaps the sun doesn’t shine upon everyone—especially those who’ve been thrown under the bus.

The SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson-Raybould affair has undermined Trudeau’s claim to do politics differently, just like the Aga Khan trip before it; the cynically broken promise on electoral reform; the kowtowing to Saudi Arabia while claiming to defend women’s rights and democracy; the meek response to social media companies pushing them around, and so on and so on. Then, on Monday, Treasury Board President Jane Philpott—respected as an honest, competent minister—resigned, leaving the Liberals scrambling to spin her departure without trashing her. Awkward. Later that night, the Prime Minister held a climate rally, interrupted by protesters, in which he appeared shaken. It was a disaster. Like a clown running across a minefield, to borrow a phrase.

RELATED: Justin Trudeau’s sunny ways won in 2015. Can his brand survive?

All of this is bad news for the government. And it’s all extremely disappointing. But observers of Canadian politics and history will blame the Prime Minister as much for his promise to be different as for his failure to be so. What in this country’s past made him think that would work? Or was it a short-term ploy to win government—a strategy to be replaced four years later with “Jobs!” and “Remember Stephen Harper? Ohhhhh. Spooky!” and “Don’t change a horse in midstream” and “Oh, have we mentioned jobs?”

From the perspective of politics-as-usual, those are fair slogans. They don’t live up to sunny ways, of course. But they were never going to. As someone once put it to me, no party runs for re-election on ethics. And there we meet the fundamental truth of Canadian politics: this is a hard country to govern. That wisdom pops up all the time here. In different quotations and turns of phrase that draw on the many challenges, past and present, of duct-taping this giant land together. Regional tensions. Linguistic tensions. Identity tensions. A wary citizenry. Difficult allies and even more difficult rivals. A caucus that leaks. Cabinet ministers with ambition. An opposition party or two ready to pounce. It’s amazing that any government gets anything done—let alone gets re-elected a second or third or—gasp!—fourth time.

 

https://www.macleans.ca/politics/trudeaus-sunny-ways-were-doomed-to-meet...

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Steve MacKinnon is another Liberal who should be considering resigning. How brain dead can one be!

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 At some point he needs to stop taking the voters for fools.  

 

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Why? Isn't that how politicians get elected in the first place?

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Now this Liberal clown is walking back his comments

It sounds like Trudeau is perhaps getting the message but many spokespeople for the Liberals have a long way to go yet 

https://globalnews.ca/news/5023506/liberal-steve-mackinnon-snc-lavalin-entitled-remediation/

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My hunch is that Trudeau is probably safe for now as I watched Sheer’s presser yesterday. The Conservative leader is pathetic 

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The NDP needs to talk with Jody and to keep talking with Jody

So many Liberals are so angry with her that they may well indeed make another dumb move and throw her out of caucus

The best thing that could happen now is for another Liberal to throw in the towel 

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Tom Parkin did an amazin’ job rebutting the Liberal talking head on the CBC Carol Macneil’s show

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Perhaps the key factor in the Liberals getting re-elected will be Wilson-Raybould and Philpott remaining in the Liberal Caucus

https://www.hilltimes.com/2019/03/06/under-fire-over-snc-lavalin-crisis-trudeau-still-has-credibility-to-rebound-say-strategists/191331

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Butts is smooth but subtle, very subtle, and is attempting a character assignation of Wilson-Raybould

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Liberals should be thanking their lucky stars the leader of the Conservatives is not Lisa Raitt

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Liberals block the release of documents - Butt’s whole testimony is a sham! What a circus and the Liberals are taking Canadians for fools

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It’s a shame Murray Rankin is not running again 

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The only justice committee member who simply asked a question - without trying to put words in the witness's mouth, or make a speech, or accuse him of anything - was Erin Weir.

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NDP bad

Singh bad

Weir wonderful

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Butt head mansplains how Puglaas was either incompetent or didn't really understand the concept of judicial independence at least in relation to the national interest that the boys club had pointed out to her.

 

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Let’s see: Wilson-Raybould wanted to speak truth to power and follow the laws of Canada whereas Trudeau & Co wanted to cut a back room sweetheart deal for the corrupt SNC-Lavalin based on some BS that no other company could replace SNC and create these jobs What a huge pile of Liberal garbage

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It’s a shame Murray Rankin is not running again 

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The shame is rather on an NDP that ignores its continuing support for Apartheid Israel while claiming it is 'progressive'.  

Good Riddance to NDP MP Who is Pro-Israel, Pro-US Empire

https://yvesengler.com/2019/03/01/good-riddance-to-ndp-mp-who-is-pro-isr...

Fucking hypocrites.

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