Andrew Scheer: Justin Trudeau has betrayed Canadians

“One of the most important things about my approach in politics has been creating a level of accountability, of transparency, of openness, of honesty that means admitting when mistakes were made, taking responsibility for them, and fixing them in an open matter.”

Justin Trudeau spoke those words five years ago — setting the tone for what he pitched to Canadians as a new way of doing politics.

“Openness and transparency will be our constant companions, and we will work to restore Canadians’ trust in their government and in our democracy.”

He said that when he was sworn in as prime minister.

Canadians took this prime minister at his word. They trusted him to be who he said he would be. And he has betrayed them.

The allegations levelled last week against Justin Trudeau and his office are grievous and strike at the very heart of our rule of law.

SNC-Lavalin, one of the Liberal Party of Canada’s largest corporate backers, is being prosecuted on charges of bribery. For the past three years, the company has aggressively lobbied key government officials for a special deal that would see it avoid criminal prosecution.

The government responded last year, when it wedged into the budget bill a new legal provision that would give SNC-Lavalin exactly what it wanted.

The use of that provision is at the discretion of the Director of Public Prosecutions and last October, that office informed SNC-Lavalin no special deal was coming.

That should have been the end of it. It was only the beginning.

Unhappy with that result, the Prime Minister’s Office allegedly pressured the attorney general to overrule due legal process by granting this Liberal-friendly corporate giant the special deal it had long sought after, and then firing the attorney general when she courageously refused to do so.

(Canadians owe Jody Wilson-Raybould a debt of gratitude for holding true to her principles and protecting the rule of law when her political masters implored her to abandon it.)

The level of corruption implied is truly staggering.

Since these allegations were published, Parliament has sought answers. For two days, MPs on all sides of the house grilled the government’s front bench in question period (Mr. Trudeau was curiously absent). For two days, we got nothing.

So we took the next step. We have forced an emergency meeting of the Justice Committee to vote on a motion calling on nine key government officials to testify before all Canadians about what happened in this case. That meeting will take place this week, but the government has already indicated it will block this attempt at transparency.

Ms. Wilson-Raybould has claimed that solicitor-client privilege prevents her from disclosing the advice she gave to the government in the SNC-Lavalin matter. So yesterday I personally wrote to Mr. Trudeau demanding he waive that privilege, as prime ministers both Liberal and Conservative have done in the past when Canadians demanded answers on matters of ethics and public confidence.

However, given the stonewall treatment we’ve encountered thus far, his blithe contempt for past pledges of transparency, and the willingness of his new attorney general …read more

Source:: Nationalpost – News


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