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Liberals bet it all on billions from Morneau

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Deep down inside, hidden in a spot where conscience seldom goes, even resolute Liberals must feel a tinge of embarrassment at how far and fast the Trudeau government has slid from the ideals that got it elected.

If the latest strategy succeeds — and that’s a big question considering how badly previous attempts have failed — the party will do all it can to bury the SNC-Lavalin affair in a tomb of denial. No more comments, no more resignations (please God), no more robotic prime ministerial performances, no more revelations catching top-level aides and advisors by surprise.

And no more committee hearings. Absolutely no more of those.

The obedient Liberal members of the justice committee will see to that. Acting in defence of the party (and of course their own jobs), the five Liberals on the committee are doing all they can to kill off interest in further testimony, over the fierce objections of the four opposition members. MPs had barely taken their seats at the latest session when Liberals called a quick end to it. Enough of this open and accountable government hoo-ha. The public right to know counts for squat when you’ve got 180 Liberal MPs facing re-election in a few months.

Before hearings could even begin, committee chair Anthony Housefather distinguished himself — first by suggesting it was too partisan a forum to handle anything as important as an actual inquiry into a judicial matter, then by telling a Quebec radio station Jody Wilson-Raybould might have been dumped as attorney-general because she couldn’t speak French. It was, he asserted, “ridiculous” to think her ousting might be........

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