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The real Trudeau emerges at last

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04.03.2019

Of all the words written or spoken about the crisis devouring the Trudeau government, perhaps the most enlightening were the foolish remarks offered by Jati Sidhu, a Liberal member from British Columbia.

“The way she’s acting, I think she couldn’t handle the stress,” he opined in the wake of Jody Wilson-Raybould’s astonishing testimony. “I think there’s somebody else behind — maybe her father — pulling the strings.”

Sidhu was quickly compelled to apologize in the House, but his hasty retreat doesn’t alter the sentiment he expressed, which reflected the sort of thing men have been saying about women for all eternity. It’s an opinion the Trudeau government came to power vowing to eradicate, to whatever degree it could, from the catalogue of male prejudices. But there it was, smack dab in the middle of the prime minister’s own caucus. Just as it seems to be deeply entrenched in his government as well.

John Dean, the famed Watergate figure, wrote last week that he first met the real Richard Nixon when he informed the president — who he served as White House counsel — that there was a cancer on his presidency. He wanted the president to end the coverup that threatened to destroy him: to stop the lies, the deceit, the attacks on opponents. Nixon, of course, rejected his advice, and we know the rest of the story.

It’s fair to say Jody Wilson-Raybould met the real Justin Trudeau when she told him she’d done her due diligence on the SNC-Lavalin matter and concluded it was just and proper to let the prosecution proceed. She refused to intercede on the decision by the director of public prosecutions, or to engage in a hunt for wiggle room that would save the company from prosecution on corruption charges despite the prime minister’s clear indication that he very much wanted her to do........

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