“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
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