Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Urgent Letter to the Prime Minister



The Honourable Andrew Scheer, P.C., M.P. Leader of the Official Opposition  


July 8, 2019
 
Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.  Prime Minister of Canada  
Office of the Prime Minister  Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister:

On June 28th, your government held a press conference to ‘update’ members of the media on your secret fuel tax. However, despite repeated questions from journalists and Members of Parliament, you continue to cover up how much this new tax will cost Canadians and the Canadian economy.   Your carbon tax has already increased the cost of gasoline by five cents a litre. This has made it more expensive for moms and dads to drive to their kids to soccer practice, for seniors to get to their doctor's appointments, for farmers to plant their crops, and for small business owners to serve their customers. Everyday essentials like groceries and home heating have also become more expensive, meaning more Canadians are just getting by, instead of getting ahead.   Your secret fuel tax will undoubtedly increase the cost of gasoline by at least another four cents a litre, a fact you continue to hide. It is also an unprecedented tax that will apply to all fuel sources, including the fuel used for manufacturing and home heating, which will make Canadian businesses less competitive and gas more expensive.

While you have never had to worry about paying more at the pump, for some families living paycheck to paycheck, an extra $100 a month matters.    Prime Minister, Canadians are tired of your government’s never-ending tax hikes and deserve to know the truth. You promised transparency, but yet again are not as advertised.

Given these facts, will you scrap your secret fuel tax?   I can assure you that this October, a new Conservative government under my leadership will scrap your carbon tax and your secret fuel tax, leave more money in Canadians’ pockets, and let them get ahead.  


Sincerely

The Honourable Andrew Scheer,
P.C., M.P. Leader of the Official Opposition  

443-A WEST BLOCK / ÉDIFICE DE L’OUEST  OTTAWA, CANADA K1A 0A6

Monday, 27 May 2019

Canadian National Political
Issues May 27, 2019

1) Media Bailout

The federal government has named the eight organizations that will create a special advisory panel, to advise how a $600 million media support fund (tax dollars) will be given out to news organizations.
The eight representatives are from News Media Canada, the Association de la presse francophone, the Quebec Community Newspaper Association, the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada, the Canadian Association of Journalists, the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec, Unifor and the Fédération nationale des communications.
The Liberals also named the organizational group, which will administer an additional $50 million to help regional media outlets.

Key Dilemma:

A healthy democracy relies on an independent press, free of political influence.
It should never be up to any government to determine which media outlets receive significant tax dollar support and which outlets do not.
This is just the latest example of Justin Trudeau using the spending power of his office to stack the deck in the upcoming election.

He has already:
Put spending caps on opposition parties while putting no such limits on government.
Left a massive loophole in elections laws that allow Liberal-friendly foreign special interest groups to interfere in campaigns.
Unilaterally taken over planning for the ‘TV Leaders Debates’, without any input from opposition parties
He knows he is in political trouble, and he’s changing the rules to try and give himself an advantage during the upcoming October election.
Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives will use every tool available to continue to fight Justin Trudeau’s desperate attempts to rig the next election in his favour.

2) Conservatives Balancing the Budget

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer announced that Justin Trudeau’s reckless spending and massive deficits have made it impossible for a new Conservative government to eliminate his unwise deficits, and responsibly balance the budget in the short term.  Truthful accounting is a Conservative promise.

Key Dilemma:

Justin Trudeau has added $80 billion of new spending in the last two years.  This has made it impossible for a responsible government to balance the budget in the short-term.
Under Justin Trudeau, deficits will continue for at least another 20 years.  Andrew Scheer will responsibility eliminate the Trudeau deficit in about a quarter of that time.
Canadians can avoid a crisis by electing a Conservative government that will live within its means, protect core services, and responsibly phase out the Trudeau deficit.
The Conservative platform will contain a fully costed and vetted fiscal plan with a clear path back to balanced budgets, and national financial well being.
Two years ago, responsibly balancing the budget in the short term was still feasible.  But with $80 billion in new spending over the last two years, it has been calculated that Trudeau has made it impossible.
The deficits a Conservative government will inherit, will be Trudeau’s deficits, not Conservative deficits.  Presently, even the most optimistic estimates don’t have Trudeau’s deficits eliminated in 20 years, by which time Canada will be in a fiscal crisis and down a financial chasm.  Conservatives have a plan to responsibly phase out Trudeau’s deficits.
Justin Trudeau promised a balanced budget by 2019.  Instead, we have massive and permanent deficits that have made it impossible for anyone to responsibly balance the budget in the short term.

3) Pipeline Plan / National Energy Corridor

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer visited Calgary to discuss his six-point plan to build pipelines, and unfold his vision for a national energy corridor.
1.        Cancel the carbon tax
2.        Repeal Bill C-69, the No-More-Pipelines Bill
3.        End the BC shipping ban
4.        Establish timelines for approvals
5.        Eliminate foreign interference in approvals process
6.        Invoke federal jurisdiction when necessary

Key Dilemma: 

Before Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister, Canada had three private companies willing to invest more than $30 billion to build three, nation-building projects that would have created tens of thousands of jobs and generated billions in economic activity.  Those companies continue to invest in pipelines elsewhere in the world, but not in Canada.  The Conservative approach will give Canada the best chance of having these kinds of projects succeed.
An energy corridor for pipelines and transmission lines would allow major job-creating projects to be built, while minimizing environmental impact.
It is a proposal Mr. Scheer would work toward, in full consultation with the Provinces and Indigenous Canadians, who would share in the prosperity it would provide.
An energy independent Canada would create an economy firing on all cylinders – across all sectors and regions.
Canada has more than enough oil  –not only to displace imports from rogue states  –but to put an end to all foreign oil imports once and for all.  That is part of the Conservative nation building vision  -a Canada fueled exclusively by Canadians by 2030.
It is a national security issue, and an economic opportunity, to keep Canadian money circulating within Canada, instead of going to foreign dictatorships.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Conservative Environment Policy


The Liberals believe there is political advantage to repeat the lie that the Conservatives have no Environmental Policy.  They become emotional with invective about so called “climate-change deniers”.  Moreover, in policy portfolios, the Liberals have been exposed as “talk over substance”.  Notice how they have been “road testing” political smears for the next election, using terms like "racist" ad "alt-right".  Liberal rhetoric on the “Environment” is likely to be central to their campaign attacks.  Nevertheless, the Conservative Party has had the following published policy for years; it is credible.  Conservatives will soon release more policy on the Environment, but below is their great base upon which to build.


ENVIRONMENT 

The Conservative Party believes there must be a balance between fiscal accountability, progressive social policy, and individual rights and responsibilities;

The Conservative Party believes that the quality of the environment is a vital part of our heritage, to be protected by each generation for the next.


Environmental Principles

In order to have a strong economy and maintain good health, Canada must have strong, coordinated and achievable environmental policies.   

The Conservative Party believes that responsible exploration, development, conservation and renewal of our environment are vital to our continued well-being as a nation and as individuals. 

We believe that it is the responsibility of government to ensure that the sometimes-competing values of preserving the environment and creating jobs are maintained in proper balance.   

We believe that all environment and energy initiatives should be reviewed.  

We believe that an effective international emissions reduction regime on climate change must be truly global and must include binding targets for all the world’s major emitters, including China and the United States.

We believe that Canada should create a program to heighten public awareness to the economic benefits of environmental solutions which minimize the waste of resources.   

We believe that Canada should establish a program of tax credits to promote environmental solutions in the areas of transportation and entrepreneurial innovation, among others.   

We believe that the federal and territorial governments should make joint investments to study and address climate change adaptation in the North.


Clean Air and Smog Reductions

The Conservative Party supports the legislated emissions caps to reduce smog-causing pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds, ground level ozone and particulate matter.  We support stringent vehicle fuel efficiency and exhaust emission standards.


Alternative Energy and Transitional Fuels

The Conservative Party believes the government should promote alternative energy (such as wind, solar, geothermal), transitional fuels (such as biodiesel, ethanol, natural gas), and the development of hydrogen as a fuel.  The expense of assuring the security of traditional fuel sources and concerns over pollution makes the use of these energy sources necessary.  We believe the government should enhance tax incentives for energy efficient measures which lead to a cleaner environment.

We believe the government should work with the provinces and territories to promote the development of ecological recycling plants, using incinerators that capture waste gas and transform it into energy.


Contaminated Sites

The Conservative Party supports initiatives to provide stable long-term funding for the cleanup of contaminated sites in cooperation with the provinces, territories and municipalities.  We believe the government should continue to remove roadblocks that discourage the private sector from cleaning and developing contaminated land:

i.             amend the Income Tax Act to allow remediation expenses to be treated as a deductible expense;

ii.            ii. introduce legislation to terminate regulatory liability upon issuance of regulatory approval of remediation to encourage development of brownfields, reversible only in emergency and in cases of fraud;

iii.          iii. create an insurance fund for post liability insurance claims. This will permit the quantification and spreading of development risk through insurance, reinsurance and diversification of ownership; and

iv.          iv. provide economic incentives to the private sector to clean up contaminated lands.


Offshore Resource Development

To capture economic, social and net environmental benefits, the Conservative Party believes the government should promote exploration and development of offshore resources along all our coastal waters.  This should be carried out in cooperation with the provinces and territories, affected First Nations, private industry and other relevant business, scientific and environmental groups.  We believe that companies should follow best practices and the precautionary principle to mitigate environmental risk.  

We believe government should allow for arms-length regulatory processes to ensure safe and environmentally responsible practices in the exploration for and development of these natural resources.  

We believe government should consider the potential of these natural resources before designating new Marine Protected Areas.  We support ensuring that accurate and complete information on the risks and benefits of such developments is made available to the public.


Water - Great Lakes

The Conservative Party believes the government should:

i.             continue working with the United States and the provinces to address critical threats to the sustainability of our shared resource, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin;

ii.            ii. address the threats to our shared resource, including water levels, invasive species, pollution and other threats to the tourism industry and the living conditions and economic well-being of area residents;

iii.          iii. provide adequate funding to fulfill its commitment to this region, which is home to 16 million Canadians and is a crucial source of clean air, drinking water, food, shelter, health, employment and recreation, as well as Canada’s highest concentration of industry;

iv.          iv. establish long-term outcomes; translate them into real plans for the basin; apply a consistent basin-wide approach for issues that span the entire basin; clarify responsibilities of federal and provincial governments; and recognize constitutional authority of the provinces.


Illegal Oil Dumping

The Conservative Party believes in the following initiatives:

i.             expanded oil-dumping detection;

ii.            ii. prohibitions to prevent ships from entering sensitive sea areas;

iii.          iii. legislation requiring ship operators to account for their ships’ waste; and iv. incentives to dump waste at our port facilities, not in our waters. We support increased fines for illegal oil dumping, a practice that kills hundreds of thousands of sea birds every year along Canada’s coastlines.  Ship operators caught illegally dumping oil should face criminal charges and be prevented from plying Canadian waters.


Aquifer Mapping

The Conservative Party supports the development of a long-term plan in cooperation with the provinces and territories to create an inventory that could define significant and key aquifers and establish policy to protect the quality and sustainability of Canada’s major aquifers.  With the threat of groundwater resources becoming depleted in Canada we will face increasing need to understand the extent and replenishment of aquifers.


Aquatic Invasive Species

The Conservative Party believes the government should in cooperation with local, provincial and international governments make mandatory the existing voluntary guidelines for ballast water management practices and enforce compliance for all ships carrying ballast water.  We believe the government should ensure all ships plying Canadian waters built after a set date have proper ballast water treatment technology and implement economic incentives.  This will see ship owners and operators rewarded for improved ballast water treatment practices.  Such measures will address the introduction and spread of aquatic alien invasive species that severely impair biological integrity and threaten the economies of water-dependent communities in Canada. They will also alleviate the costs for treatment, containment and control of these invasive species, which are massive and generally borne by local communities, rather than the industries that contribute to the problem.


Oceans and Coastlines

The Conservative Party believes that the oceans surrounding Canada on three sides are internationally recognized, Federal jurisdictions with rights and responsibilities in accordance with international treaties and laws. We support:

i.             the Canadian government claim to sovereign rights: in the Internal Waters, in the Territorial Sea, in the Contiguous Zone, in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and in, on, or above the Continental Shelf of Canada;

ii.            ii. the sovereign right to: a) control the Northwest Passage and the Canadian Inside Passages off the BC coast as internal waters of Canada; b) explore, exploit, conserve, and manage living and nonliving resources of water column in the EEZ; c) explore, exploit, conserve, and manage non-living resources of the seabed and subsoil of the continental shelf, (E.g. minerals such as ferromanganese crusts, ferromanganese nodules, gas hydrate deposits, and petroleum); and economic activities, such as the production of energy from the water, currents and winds; to construct and establish artificial islands and installations;

iii.          iii. the rights and responsibility to: a) conduct marine research as well as the right to suspend or cessation of marine scientific research activities within its jurisdiction; and b) regulate marine traffic, enforce safety standards, minimize environmental impact and ensure that foreign vessel traffic is for legal and peaceful purposes only.


Marine Transportation

The Conservative Party supports the retention of lightstations, their personnel, and their aids to navigation.  Lightstations are an important contribution to Canadian sovereignty, provide for public safety especially for recreational boaters and kayakers, are an essential presence to monitoring sea- planes and marine traffic, and assist in the interdiction of smuggling.  We also recognize the historical value of the lightstations and promote the concept that they are well situated infrastructure and personnel which can be utilized for scientific data collection and for other uses.  We support a strategic plan to address proper docking facilities for all coastal communities across the Far North.  We believe the government has an obligation to:

i.             enforce the relevant laws and regulations with respect to pollution by dumping;

ii.            ii. adopt special discharge and navigational requirements for designated areas and to prosecute foreign vessels where an actual pollution discharge has occurred;

iii.          iii. provide vessels passing through its EEZ with adequate charting and maritime safety information;

iv.          iv. provide Search and Rescue capabilities which are comparable to international standards of other developed countries; and v. establish and enforce safety standards for local and foreign vessels which operate in Canadian Waters for the well-being of workers as well as the environment.


Marine Scientific Research

We believe the government has an obligation to:

i.             promote international cooperation in marine scientific research for peaceful purposes; and

ii.            ii. create favourable conditions to study the processes occurring in the marine environment through bilateral and multilateral agreements.

We believe that government should promote opportunities in Ocean Technologies (or Blue Technologies) by identifying and reducing barriers to ocean technologies development, and by encouraging collaboration between industry and educational institutions for innovation.

We believe that government is responsible to regulate activities on the ocean to minimize environmental impact on the marine environment.


Coast Guard, Marine Safety and Abandoned Vessels

The Party emphasizes our commitment to Maritime Safety by implementing an institutional change, to transfer the Coast Guard back to the Minister of Transport; and that Coast Guard bases are operated using a cost-effective plan, via the creation or upgrading of facilities that can effectively and efficiently respond to marine safety matters.

The Conservative Party stand by its commitment to facilitate rehabilitation or demolition of abandoned and derelict vessels.

The Conservative Party supports Government Legislators in Pacific and Maritime ridings to consult with scientific and technical experts and implement decisions based on independent scientific data.


Carbon Tax

We believe that there should be no federally imposed carbon taxes or cap and trade systems on either the provinces or on the citizens of Canada.  The provinces and territories should be free to develop their own climate change policies, without federal interference or federal penalties or incentives.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Justin Trudeau breaks the legal rules again.


JUSTIN TRUDEAU BREAKS THE LEGAL RULES AGAIN


April 9th,2019, the Crown Prosecutor “stayed” its charge of breach of trust against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman citing that there was “no reasonable prospect of conviction” in the case.

Norman served as the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff until his suspension in January 2017.  Norman’s defence team has alleged during the court proceedings that the Prime Minister’s Office was attempting to direct the prosecution.

KEY MESSAGE:

Justin Trudeau’s government tried to politically interfere in a shipbuilding contract to favour their friend, by trying to rig the contracting system.  When they got caught and the scheme was exposed, Justin Trudeau retaliated and smeared the reputation of a highly respected Commanding Naval Officer.

Just as in the SNC-Lavalin scandal, Justin Trudeau tried to destroy an honourable individual who stood up to him  -who had reminded him that insider political payoff is wrong.

Trudeau himself said before the RCMP even laid charges that 'it looks like it will be before the courts', which revealed that Trudeau had foreknowledge and a guilty mind in the scandal.

Conservatives will work to expose Justin Trudeau’s appalling behaviour in this case, and hold him to account for once again exacting revenge on someone who stood up to him. 


SOME REMAINING QUESTIONS:

Why wouldn’t the Liberals release the documents to Norman’s defence team, which the Court rules require?

What is the Prime Minister hiding in this case?

Why only days after Andrew Leslie offered to testify were the charges dropped   -they knew they had been caught?

Why did the RCMP lay charges against Mark Norman in the first place?

What evidence did Norman’s defence team present to the Crown to make them drop the charges   -enough to convince of innocence and of embarrassment to the Prosecutor?

Will the Liberals reinstate Vice-Admiral Mark Norman?

Will the Liberals apologize and compensate Mark Norman for putting him and his family through this extreme long ordeal?


BACKGROUND:

Marie Henein, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s Lawyer, was clear that:

“You should be very concerned when anyone tries to erode the resilience of the justice system or demonstrate a failure to understand why it is so fundamental to the democratic values that we hold so dear.”

“There are times you agree with what happens in a court, at times you don't.  And that's fine but what you don't do, is you don't put your finger and try to weigh in on the scales of justice.  That is not what should be happening.”

“We have been, and you have all been with us for six months as we have tried, day in day out to try to get that material.   It should have been handed over.   It should have been handed over to RCMP, it should have been handed over to the prosecution.   It was not.   As to why, I don't know, I leave you to answer that."

Warren Kinsella says,

"After LavScam — and after the attempted show trial of Norman — we can now be left with only one conclusion: This is the most corrupt federal government in Canada’s history. And they must — must — be defeated."

Thursday, 18 April 2019

New Alberta Government

Many are pontificating about Jason Kenney and his team winning government in the Alberta Election.   They write about him in cynical and even snarly terms.   The pundits mention the NDP as much as the UCP by analyzing “what went wrong”.   It does not cross their mind that nothing was ever right about the NDP in power.   They had no philosophical base or sufficient policy set to address the Alberta challenge.   They made a poor situation worse, which will now take longer to fix.

Did these experts ever read the UPC Election Party platform?  Jason Kenney will endeavour more than any politician, to actually deliver on his printed platform document (113 pages).   The political reality will be “policy over personality” for the UCP, and not what the media cares about.  

Albertans know that they have a long hard climb out of their political and financial chasm.   Canadians are fighting back against the political left that is hurting Canada, as Provinces are coming around one by one.   

The Alberta government will now try and negotiate a fair deal for Alberta to end the discrimination they face.  There should be equanimity and fairness between Provinces, which Alberta does not have.  They have new courage to stand up for their Province and negotiate with the federal government.  If Alberta does not get a fair deal, it will be forced to start retaliatory measures that were first considered by former Premier Peter Lougheed, when former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was stealing from Alberta.  Fortunately, there was an accommodation of sorts at that time.  Now Justin Trudeau will have his moment to correct wrongs and make a deal, or face the consequences.  The nation can only hope that the federal Liberal government will be defeated, to avoid any Constitutional confrontation.  The correction of the Trudeau mistake can be made in October 2019.

One additional measure to solve national disunity, is to get rid of the BC government that is also playing a discriminatory game against Alberta. 
  
One thing is clear.  When Jason Kenney explains, average voters get it, and they respond.


Saturday, 6 April 2019

It has been quite a month for the Canadian Parliament, so where do we go from here?  For the sake of the country, I hope that in October, the Liberals do not elect enough MPs to form government, but form the Official Opposition.  The NDP must be kept in the corner until they drastically improve their policies and rid themselves of their dangerous radicals.  Too bad that some of their best MPs are not running again. 

My desired outcome would have the Liberals in Opposition, and that Trudeau is forced to resign as Leader.  Then the Liberals can go through a proper leadership convention, and choose someone actually qualified this time to be a PM.  The Liberals are so badly led, and the Caucus is so weak and voiceless, that a major policy and leadership renewal is required.

Conservative Andrew Scheer would make a good Prime Minister for two terms, then all predictions are off.  The Conservatives have a Membership driven policy process and are not captive to a ridiculous leader.   Internally the Conservatives are more consultative and democratic within the Party, which can only translate into better governance.  However, in the next months, the Liberal manure machine will be ugly with lies about Andrew Scheer and will try every tactic imageable.  Observe it now in the social media with the trolls.

Justin Trudeau has no shame.   Caught in wrongdoing, he blamed and smeared those who refused to “go long to get along”.  SNC-Lavalin Corporation has been a serial business offender for years, and saw a weakness to be exploited.  It saw a Liberal government without a moral compass, so they schemed to do an end run around the law, by schmoozing the Liberals with enticements and threats, to change the law to permit their "get of jail card", the Deferred Prosecution Agreement. 

The Liberals made a secret deal, and changed the law in a sly maneuver.   But as the required process unfolded, the independent Public Service bureaucracy did not go along with the Liberal sleaze.  Then Trudeau directed a plan to put illegal pressure on the Attorney General to overrule the decision politically.  The AG said no, and then was demoted by Trudeau. 

What kind of government does those things?   Canadians do not approve of "special privilege" before the law, reserved for government favourites.  That’s the kind of political behaviour found in China.   Most voters understand what track the Liberals were on when they created a special law for their connected insider.  Fortunately, the Liberals did not get away with their scheme.  Lavalin should receive the full consequence of the current legal process against it.

The Liberals are still peddling the merits of a DPA.   Their behaviour says much about poor judgement.  For SNC-Lavalin, if it means bankruptcy (most doubtful), other Corporations who operate legally would fill any short-term community need.   Lavalin brought the legal consequences upon themselves.  If “deals” for corporate offenders becomes operational, there will be no end to Corporate offending in the marketplace.  The backstop of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement as a safety-net, would promote a culture of cheating and bribery in business.   The Courts must take care of Lavalin.   It is now up to voters to take care of the political offender -the Liberals.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

The recording reveals more than the transcript. Trudeau uncovered.

Micheal Wernick

The recording of the famous phone call, reveals more than the transcript.  


SNC Lavalin had lobbied the federal government for a long time from the position of an insider, and ultimately got the law changed to escape what they were facing in Court. They wanted a Deferred Prosecution Agreement.  For the government to create this new measure in response to lobbing, shows that the fix was in.   The Liberals changed the law to favour a political friend.
  
Many have read in the media, just how unethical Lavalin has been in many cases down through the years.  Journalists have outlined how they have cheated and bribed their way though the marketplace for unfair advantage over and over again.   It was just their way of doing business.

So, favoured Lavalin got the law changed.  The Liberals then tried to run the scheme through the system, but the bureaucracy didn’t allow it to happen, as Lavalin did not legally qualify.   So then, Trudeau pressured the Attorney General to overrule the non-political bureaucracy.  But AG Jody Wilson Raybould affirmed that Lavalin did not meet the criteria for a Deferred Prosecution Agreement.   She was then pressured by many from the PMO, to use her special power, to overrule and impose a political decision into the Justice System to yield what they wanted.  That is what Communist China does…not Canada.  

I feel sympathy for Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council.  He was put in an untenable position.  Over time, the relationship between the PMO and him became inappropriate.  He should never have acted as political staff to pressure the AG, by becoming an active participant of the PMO.  His sighs, hums and haws in the recording of the phone call, reveal much about how he knew he was skating on thin ice.  The Prime Minister should never have abused the neutral public service in such a manner.  However, Wernick also allowed himself to gradually be overly engaged in partisan political matters.  He became just one in the line up of 'heavy messengers' to the Attorney General.   

Observing it all, it sounds like the Prime Minister didn’t have the wherewithal to deal with matters himself.  One comes away with the impression, that Gerry Butts, the Clerk Michael Wernick and others in the PMO were the ones really running the government, and not the Prime Minister.  I think the PMO’s relationship with Wernick was wrong, and Wernick was wrong to take up the PMO’s bidding in this way.  It’s sad for Canada, that such an ethical line was breached, between the PMO and the Public Service.   

We understand that SNC Lavalin has been a bad actor for a long time; it’s a matter of public record.  They did not meet the legal criteria for what they lobbied for, a DPA.  Then Trudeau tried to bully and politically deliver what was illegal, and he did it in a manner that was very unethical.  Finally, when he did not get his way, he demoted AG Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Trudeau has no moral compass

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has no moral compass.  The truth of it was made clear with the damning revelations of former Attorney General of Jody Wilson-Raybould.  A majority of voters following the Trudeau leadership failure in the SNC-Lavalin affair, believe the former AG, and are quite turned off by Trudeau’s dissembling.   Trudeau has put his partisan election prospects before upholding the law.

Raybould gave withering testimony, based on texts, notes, and detailed recollections of “a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the attorney general of Canada in an inappropriate effort to secure a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with SNC-Lavalin.”

It was not a one-time stumble by a zealous loyalist, but was a government effort from the top to pressure and threaten her into cooperation with the Lavalin scheme.  It involved about dozen actors in multiple contacts.  It is unethical if not illegal to unduly pressure the AG to overturn a decision that was made under the process of due diligence.  It is like telling a Judge that you don’t like a decision, and if you don’t do as I want, you will no longer be a Judge.  Voters understand the principle.

When it was finally made clear that she would not dilute the law and make a special favour, she was demoted out of her job.   So, in Trudeau’s world, the law is not to be revered, but is just an inconvenience to get around for the higher political purpose of electoral survival.  Trudeau misled the House of Commons and lied to the nation in various media scrums.  He must resign. 
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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said:

Justin Trudeau simply cannot continue to govern this great nation now that Canadians know what he has done.  That is why I am calling on Justin Trudeau to resign.  Further, the RCMP must immediately open an investigation – if it has not already done so – into the numerous examples of obstruction of justice the former Attorney General detailed in her testimony.

The testimony Canadians have just heard from the former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould tells the story of a Prime Minister who has lost the moral authority to govern.  A Prime Minister who allows his partisan political motivations to overrule his duty to uphold the rule of law.  A Prime Minister who doesn’t know where the Liberal Party ends and where the Government of Canada begins.  And a Prime Minister who has allowed a systemic culture of corruption to take root in his office and those of his most senior cabinet and public service colleagues.

I listened carefully to the testimony of the former Attorney General, and like Canadians, I was sickened and appalled by her story of inappropriate, and frankly illegal pressure brought to bear on her by the highest officials of Justin Trudeau’s government.  All to let a Liberal-connected corporation off the hook, on corruption charges.

Before Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, Canadians knew Justin Trudeau had engineered an unwanted, sustained, and co-ordinated attempt to get Ms. Wilson-Raybould to change her mind and stop the criminal trial of SNC-Lavalin.  Today, thanks to Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, we now know just how intense those efforts were: ten meetings and ten phone calls involving eleven senior government officials relentlessly targeting Ms. Wilson-Raybould over a four-month period – with the sole objective of bullying her into bending the law to benefit a well-connected corporation.

The details are as shocking as they are corrupt: multiple veiled threats to her job if she didn’t bow to their demands.  Urgings to consider the consequences on election results and shareholder value above judicial due process.  And reminders from Justin Trudeau to his Attorney General about his own electoral prospects should she allow SNC-Lavalin’s trial to proceed.

As Ms. Wilson-Raybould has so clearly articulated, the people Canadians entrusted to protect the integrity of our very nation were instead only protecting themselves and their friends.

Mr. Trudeau can no longer, in good standing and with a clear conscience, lead this great nation.

Canada should be a country where we are all equal under the law.  Where nobody – regardless of wealth, status, or political connections – is above the law.  I believe we can be that country again.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Ottawa Scandal


Ottawa Scandal.   This is the best analysis yet.   Click on links to read the two full stories at the Tyee.  These well written articles support my long-held conclusion, that Lavalin is a serial offender, and the Trudeau Administration is at fault for being weak and politically self-serving for political advantage.   They can’t do the right thing for the country.  That is, until the former AG came along who would not go along with the Liberal secret insider game.  

However, voters know what’s going on.  The Liberals are prepared to help an international cheater get by, because the loss of Liberal MPs in Quebec might result., if the law was obeyed.  In the “Liberal world”, there is one law for the politically connected and another law for everyone else.  PF


https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/02/22/SNC-Lavalin-Criminal-Record-Corruption/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=220219


Redeemable? SNC-Lavalin’s Criminal Record

And why mega-project construction so often breeds corruption.

By Andrew Nikiforuk Today | TheTyee.ca


In 2015, SNC-Lavalin’s then CEO Robert Card, an American engineer, realized the company could be banned from bidding on federal contracts if the government’s slow-moving Libya prosecution went to court.

He then mused that the company should “arrange a deferred prosecution agreement with Ottawa to avoid prosecution and developments that might jeopardize the company’s work.”

Orwellian sounding “deferred prosecution agreements” or “no prosecution agreements” are all the rage in the U.K. and the U.S. When faced with the prospect of prosecuting a large company with many employees for economic crimes, governments can grant leniency with a DPA instead. The company must admit to its wrongdoing and change its behaviour.

The moral hazard of such agreements is great. “If you do not punish crimes, there’s really no reason they won’t happen again,” Mary Ramirez, a professor at Washburn University School of Law and a former assistant United States attorney told the New York Times.

“I worry and so do a lot of economists that we have created no disincentives for committing fraud or white-collar crime.”

A bevy of SNC-Lavalin lobbyists went to work arguing for the addition of a deferred prosecution agreement in Canada’s Criminal Code in 2016. Two years later they got their wish as the Trudeau government included “the SNC-Lavalin clause” in the Criminal Code in an omnibus bill C-74.

The prime minister or his office then let it be known to then attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould they would prefer she defer prosecution. What pressure did they apply? The facts are not yet clear.

But we know she refused and the mechanism hit an unexpected roadblock that has developed into a national political scandal.

The Charbonneau Commission clearly highlighted what is at stake:

“According to the principle of the rule of law, no one is above the law: all individuals are subject to it, including those exercising political power. This principle also aims to protect individuals from the arbitrariness of public authorities, in that the state cannot coerce an individual in the absence of statutory authority to do so.”



https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/02/15/JWR-Was-Right/


Why Wilson-Raybould Was Right

By Michael Harris 15 Feb 2019 | TheTyee.ca


Her government was intensely lobbied, but the law is clear.

Mr. Prime Minister, it is one thing to move a senior cabinet minister, quite another to demote them. The question stands: why did you demote Canada’s first Indigenous justice minister?

If you won’t answer that question with something other than a flimsy process explanation, then at least waive the solicitor/client privilege in this matter so that Wilson-Raybould can tell Canadians herself what really happened.