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CanadaKelly McParland: Trudeau talked the talk, but he's failed miserably in the walk

08:45  23 august  2019
08:45  23 august  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

Trudeau's conduct in SNC-Lavalin matter violated ethics code, watchdog finds

Trudeau's conduct in SNC-Lavalin matter violated ethics code, watchdog finds Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion has found that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the ethics code by trying to encourage former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to drop a criminal case against Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin. "The evidence showed there were many ways in which Mr. Trudeau, either directly or through the actions of those under his direction, sought to influence the Attorney General," Dion wrote, in his report released Wednesday. "The evidence showed that SNC-Lavalin had significant financial interests in deferring prosecution.

All politicians make promises they can’t, won’t or never intended to keep. In that the Trudeau Liberals are no different to any government before them. But they do hold a special place for loudly declaiming fundamental principles they can’t, won’t or have no intention of observing.

He talks the talk by saying he ’ll quit, but he needs to actually stop if he wants to walk the walk . This phrase implies that a person should back up their talking with action. For example, a person may gloat about being capable of performing fifty push ups in one go, or they might say they can run a few miles

Kelly McParland: Trudeau talked the talk, but he's failed miserably in the walk © Sebastien St-Jean/AFP/Getty Images Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the media during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Aug. 22, 2019, in Ottawa.

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All politicians make promises they can’t, won’t or never intended to keep. In that the Trudeau Liberals are no different to any government before them. But they do hold a special place for loudly declaiming fundamental principles they can’t, won’t or have no intention of observing. This week alone we have had two glaring examples.

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During a 2015 leaders’ debate, Justin Trudeau directed one of his patented moralisms at then-prime minister Stephen Harper.

“A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian. And you devalue the citizenship of every Canadian in this place and in this country when you break down and make it conditional for anyone,” he said in moral outrage at Tory treatment of accused terrorists.

Then along came Jack Letts, “Jihadi Jack,” relieved of his British citizenship in a last-minute move by the departing U.K. prime minister Theresa May, leaving Canada as his only potential refuge. So of course, Trudeau moved quickly to ensure Letts got all the rights, protections and assistance due a Canadian citizen abroad, right?

Not even close. Despite several attempts to extract a coherent position from the prime minister, Trudeau hemmed, hawed, dodged and weaved, resolutely refusing to give a straight answer. While Andrew Scheer made clear he would “not lift a finger” to let Letts into Canada, Trudeau couldn’t explain why this Canadian isn’t as Canadian as other Canadians, or offer anything close to a cogent explanation of how the government plans to handle the situation.

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While still struggling with that problem, Trudeau ran up against another. When he was just an opposition leader, Trudeau professed shock at the Harper regime’s tight-fisted hold on public information, and swore his government would ensure a new, open and accommodating approach. Members of Parliament would be freed from their shackles to express views and examine issues. Government activities would default to transparency. “A Liberal government will restore Parliament as a place where accountable people, with real mandates, do serious work on behalf of Canadians,” he proclaimed.

Kelly McParland: Trudeau talked the talk, but he's failed miserably in the walk © Postmedia Jack “Jihadi Jack” Letts, an ISIL recruit who held dual British-Canadian citizenship until the U.K. revoked his citizenship, and who is now in jail in Syria, hopes to come to Canada.

Unless, it turns out, that serious work might possibly embarrass the government — especially in the weeks leading to an election in which the Liberals are struggling to hang onto their ground. So this week obedient Liberals blocked efforts by the House of Commons ethics committee to question Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion. The commissioner released a stinging report last week decrying Trudeau’s treatment of former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould and his assiduous efforts to prevent SNC-Lavalin from facing corruption charges. In his report, Dion complained of being denied access to important additional information, and Trudeau’s refusal to waive cabinet confidentiality so witnesses could share all they knew.

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Justin Trudeau sips on a coffee while chatting with patrons during a campaign stop at Tim Hortons in “Hi, I’m Prime Minister Justin Trudeau . Say, whaddaya think we should put in the next budget?” Yet one would have thought all those talks , townhalls, forums and kaffeeklatsches would have had

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Liberals on the ethics committee ensured fellow MPs would have no better luck searching for answers. It was the same ploy they used to prevent the justice committee from hearing additional testimony in March, when the Prime Minister’s Office desperately wanted to halt the flood of damning revelations related to the SNC affair.

It’s been that way throughout the Trudeau Liberals’ four years in office, during which Trudeau has apologized far and wide for actions taken by other people and other governments, while resolutely refusing to accept blame for errors of his own. Trudeau’s response to Dion’s findings, grudgingly taking responsibility “even though I disagree with some of his conclusions” could go down in the annals of ambiguity with the late, great William Lyon Mackenzie King’s famed non-policy for World War Two recruitments: “Not necessarily conscription, but conscription if necessary.”

That’s the problem with putting yourself forward as a practitioner of superior moral and ethical standards. “Politics and partisanship have never mattered more,” Trudeau complained of the Harper regime. “After promising reform, the Conservatives have delivered the most centralized, partisan, self-serving government in Canadian history.”

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Kelly McParland: The Liberals think the SNC scandal is fine, and want us to vote for more of the same? It will take more than a bit of unethical bother to sway loyal Liberals from their devotion to the cause. Not a single cabinet member is willing to admit being troubled by the tawdry revelations of ethics commissioner Mario Dion’s damning report. The Toronto Star claims in an editorial “there is no evidence … that Trudeau personally or the Liberals in general would benefit in a direct way” from its desperate effort to save SNC-Lavalin from facing corruption charges, the Star editorial writers having evidently never heard of Quebec.

There is, first and foremost, the spectacle of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — he of the new way of government, the champion of openness and honesty, the man whose administration would Then justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould speaks during question period in the House of Commons on Oct.

He ' s just telling the truth. If anything, the former leader is going easy on a party that can’t seem to Kelly McParland : Trudeau is discovering the limits of symbolism. Kelly McParland : Canada’s NDP Andrew Coyne: The real scandal in the Lavalin affair is Trudeau 's attempts to pretend it's not a

Until now, that is. Trudeau clearly studied Harper’s methods, and adopted many as his own. Departing Liberal MPs complain of being shut out of decision-making, sidelined by the tight squadron of unelected apparatchiks around Trudeau, expected to spend question period parroting pre-written statements while policy is devised and legislation dictated from within the PMO. Trudeau is a distant figure: if more in touch with his cabinet and caucus he wouldn’t have been caught so unprepared for Wilson-Raybould’s response to being demoted over an affair that started when the Liberals obligingly pushed through legislation designed specifically for SNC-Lavalin, using an omnibus bill to hide its presence despite having denounced their use by previous governments.

Kelly McParland: Trudeau talked the talk, but he's failed miserably in the walk © David Kawai/Bloomberg Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould arrives to testify before the House of Commons justice committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Feb. 27, 2019.

“I wouldn’t use them, period,” he said of omnibus bills before becoming prime minister, insisting legislation must be “thematically and substantively linked in all their different pieces” to be kosher. That principle, too, disappeared once he was in office. How SNC’s need to be saved from a court date was “thematically and substantively linked” to a federal budget bill remains a poser.

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A researcher looking back on Canada from some future perch could be forgiven for suspecting there must have been some sort of Liberal-eating disease at loose in the land between the years 2015 and 2019.

In the midst of the mess brought on by John McCallum’ s evident inability to pass up an interview, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer made a remark that could stand as a key theme in this year’ s election. “This is, I think, part of a bigger problem,” he observed.

Trudeau’s difficulty derives from his love of grandstanding, his appetite for performing, his need to strike the dramatic pose. It caught the public imagination at the time, but has worn thin as the deeds fail to match the words. A critical concern for Liberals as October’s election draws near is Trudeau’s declining popularity among women, who can’t have failed to notice the gap between his self-declared feminist credentials and his shabby treatment of Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, two leading women in his cabinet who quit in response to his actions.

It will be difficult, if not impossible, for Trudeau to get back that aura of righteousness and rectitude, having provided so much evidence to the contrary. Relentless virtue-signalling tends to lose its impact when the signals so often prove no more than words.

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