“There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear . . ..” Stephen Stills, Buffalo Springfield While the SNC Lavalin (SNC) affair isn’t at the level of chaos in the streets or riots on college campuses in the hippie era, there are some fundamental similarities to be drawn. There is a real clash between the established political authority and the rest who are not so well-connected, the ruck of society. Canadians want to know what’s going on. Things “. . . ain’t exactly clear”. Throughout the SNC scandal the political elite, mainly the Prime Minister, have been insisting that … Continue reading SNC Lavalin Said What?
Anthony Housefather holds the chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, which is the parliamentary committee that heard testimony from former Attorney General and Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould and others in the SNC Lavalin affair (SNC). Now that the committee has concluded its investigation, Mr. Housefather wants to tell Canadians what he thinks they need to know about SNC. Housefather takes some pains to remind us that the Justice Committee is not a court and that his conclusions about what Canadians need to know about the findings of the Committee are his own opinion. Most Canadians I … Continue reading The Need to Know
Former Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould (JWR) says that she will supply further testimony and evidence in a written report to the parliamentary justice committee which has now closed its investigation into the SNC Lavalin affair. That information will be made public after it is reviewed by that committee. Unlike Michael Wernick, former Clerk of the Privy Council and “trusted advisor” to the Prime Minister’s Office, JWR was not permitted a second appearance before the committee. One of the interesting things about Wernick’s second appearance was, as I observed in my last post, that he seemed unaware or was indifferent … Continue reading Something to See Here
“Lovely words,” is how in part Christie Blatchford describes the conduct of the Clerk of the Privy Council in the waning months of the career from which he has now resigned over the SNC Lavalin affair. I’ve stated several times that the central focus of the SNC affair is the pursuit of justice. This is the thing most often overlooked. Justice is a profoundly moral principle. To lift any other concern above it is to make the wrong choice between the good and the evil and to make concessions to the profit of the latter. To justice now add integrity. … Continue reading To Justice Add Integrity
The Liberal government clearly wants to kill the SNC Lavalin affair. It has tabled a new budget with plenty of bright shiny promises to which media and voters may turn their attention. The Liberal-dominated parliamentary justice committee has abandoned all further investigation of the SNC affair. Now along comes some help from Conrad Black to say that SNC is a “sideshow” to the real JWR issue. Mr. Black brings up the questionable qualifications of Jody Wilson-Raybould (JWR) for the minister of justice position and her “activist” actions as minister of justice relative to advancing the privilege of aboriginals in Canada. … Continue reading SNC: The Gift That Tries to Keep on Giving
With its primary consequence of disrupting circadian rhythms, Daylight Savings Time [DST] will have many jurisdictions artificially consuming an hour of the day to be repaid this autumn. If only the alleged savings of daylight could be spent keeping the light on the SNC Lavalin affair [SNC] that would be some justification for keeping DST, an otherwise bad idea. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government would prefer that the SNC affair just go away, and quickly. There is an election to be held and political power to be maintained, whatever it may cost. If the cost includes discrediting … Continue reading DST and SNC Lavalin
‘I have lost confidence’: Jane Philpott resigns from cabinet over Trudeau’s handling of SNC-Lavalin affair https://a.msn.com/r/2/BBUn6xf?m=en-ca&referrerID=InAppShare Could more of them jump ship and swim for shore in the weeks ahead? Edward’s Post Continue reading The Ship of State is Taking on Water
“Unlike Trump, Trudeau Is In Real Trouble” reads the headline for an article regarding the SNC Lavalin affair: https://a.msn.com/r/2/BBUcBch?m=en-ca&referrerID=InAppShare Whatever the outcome for Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberal government, there is one overlooked fundamental: the nature of government and the exercise of political power. The criminal trial of “SNC” was a civilized action to resolve a serious problem. The means is an established justice system. This is part of what is expected of a proper government. Unfortunately, the justice system exists within a political structure of the welfare state, where lobbying by competing interests is a dominant feature. The … Continue reading The Real Priority of the Welfare State