It’s an election year. The Conservatives are hoping to find a chink in Trudeau’s armour. They are practically manufacturing scenarios to oust the Liberals from Parliament.
In other words, whatever works.
But being in power also means having the power to influence situations. And this latest ‘crisis’ is such a situation.
SNC-Lavalin is a big construction company in Quebec. The RCMP have charged the company with criminal activity, dating back to Gaddafi’s time in Libya: greasing the wheels might be the nicest way I can describe its activity, but bribery is bribery.
It does not seem beyond the realms of possibility to imagine that the Prime Minister’s Office could have contacted the then Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to see if there was any other way that the case could be handled. The Globe and Mail newspaper, which broke the story, used the word “pressured” to describe the interaction.
The Prime Minister said the story was false, stating that no-one in his office “directed” the Justice Minister to make the prosecution easier. That seemed like a case of legal ‘hair-splitting’.
If the PM had responded with a gentler “we were just discussing the case to see what the options were,” this furor would not have the power to undermine the Liberal’s election chances on Monday October 21st of this year.
And what was Wilson-Raybould’s response? “No comment.”
Compare and contrast Canada’s response to the Huawei executive US extradition process to this one:
“The Government of Canada strongly supports the rule of law.”
Don’t worry Mr Prime Minister, we can see through you and your office.