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The Liberals will do anything but let their colleagues speak. Why?

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25.03.2019

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are acting like someone caught in an ice storm who won’t admit it’s cold. The more the country raises questions the harder they insist there’s nothing to answer. They’ve turned the SNC-Lavalin affair into a scandal about a scandal: they simply refuse to admit a scandal exists.

Even as the story of former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould and her treatment by the prime minister lumbers through its second month, they continue to insist there is nothing to discuss. The supposed non-story has divided the caucus, turned Liberals on Liberals, sent Justin Trudeau’s reputation tumbling and dominated every news cycle, with no hint the prime minister comprehends what he’s unleashed.

Pollster Darrell Bricker says Canadians are following the affair closely. Liberals have dropped 10 points since it broke, he says, with particularly precipitous declines in vote-rich Ontario and Quebec. CBC’s poll tracker indicates Trudeau’s “personal brand” has taken an even bigger hit, seriously reducing his status as an election asset. Surveys consistently find Canadians believe Wilson-Raybould’s version of the dispute over the prime minister’s. Foreign headlines that used to gush over Trudeau now soberly track his fall.

Yet those Liberals still willing to be caught speaking on camera maintain it’s all a big zero, a non-event, a lot of smoke without a fire. Toronto MP Judy Sgro became the latest, and perhaps brashest, in demanding Wilson-Raybould, and former Treasury Board president Jane Philpott “put up or shut up” with their quest to share more details of their dispute.

Sgro aimed her attack directly at Philpott and Wilson-Raybould for endangering the party in an election........

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