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BLIZZARD: Trudeau risks stoking the flames of extreme populism

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Last week was nine miles of bad road for Justin Trudeau.

Even his most loyal followers squirmed uncomfortably as Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion released a damning report that concluded the prime minister breached the Conflict of Interest Act.

This isn’t the first time Trudeau’s been in hot water over questionable ethics. In 2017, another report slammed the PM over his vacation at a private island owned by the Aga Khan.

Trudeau’s response to the latest controversy was baffling. He took responsibility but refused to apologize. It betrayed a lack of understanding of the gravity of what he did.

He’s accused of attempting to twist the arm of then-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to get her to overrule the decision of the director of public prosecutions not to allow a deferred prosecution for troubled SNC-Lavalin in relation to fraud and bribery charges.

This childish response made me yearn for the days when we had an adult in the PMO. Someone like Stephen Harper, who understands law and economics — and........

© Toronto Sun