Liberal social media warriors are busy defending Justin Trudeau after Globe and Mail headlined:
‘In that moment, I knew he wanted me to lie.’ Jody Wilson-Raybould recalls a tension-filled meeting with Justin Trudeau
Some accused the former Justice Minister of opportunism by releasing her book during an election campaign.
Certainly opportunism is involved. It was in play when the Prime Minister read the polls in August and called an unscheduled election. Prior to Trudeau’s announcement, Wilson-Raybould’s book was scheduled for release in September.
The Economist noted that Justin Trudeau hoped to mirror his father’s success decades ago. Pierre Trudeau called the 1974 election less than two years after losing a parliamentary majority. Justin Trudeau called the 2021 election less than two years after losing a parliamentary majority. The Economist wrote in August:
Justin Trudeau calls a snap election in Canada.
The country does not need an election now. But the prime minister does.
One Liberal fan tweeted about the Ethic’s Commissioner’s Trudeau II report, regarding the Prime Minister’s attempt to protect SNC-Lavalin from conviction, and concluded “it does not say Trudeau was wrong.” Really?
Another used all caps to rant that Ms. Wilson-Reybould should not be trusted. Yet the Prime Minister trusted her sufficiently to keep the BC MP in his cabinet from 2015 until she resigned in 2019.
I rarely link to articles in Postmedia’s National Post but anyone concerned about political ethics, and still considering how to mark their ballot in 2021, should read John Ivison’s article from last July:
One has to admire the Liberal leader’s resolve in refusing to be bound by the conventions – or more accurately, the laws – that have constrained his predecessors. There is every prospect the prime minister is on the brink of an inglorious hat-trick. Not only has he already contravened sections 5, 9, 11, 12 and 21 of the Conflict of Interest Act, he may yet add sections 6 (1) and 7 to his rap sheet. The sheer variety of misconduct is impressive, yet Trudeau’s behaviour is excused by his apologists because they see his motives as pure.
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