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Jody Gives Them HELL!!

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IronNoggin

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This is a government so enamoured with the beauty of its own plans, it seems to think the actual operational nuts and bolts are not its problem.

But they are. Election results across the country in recent months suggest Canadians are more concerned about having a government that picks up the phone and listens to them, than one that professes it is saving the world.


https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/john-ivison-auditor-general-report-more-evidence-of-a-liberal-government-more-taken-with-grand-visions-than-actual-governing
 

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He said the Nanaimo election results clearly show Canadians # 1 concern is the environment and that it shows we approve of the carbon tax and other measures to curb pollution etc. Paraphrased but pretty close to the mark
 

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So, basically he takes a pretty much meaningless by-election in an out-of-the-way riding and pumps it full of his b.s. and all of a sudden we "Canadians" are ALL onboard with him and his policies?!?

Ain't that just typical............wtfe
 

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all one can do with the''idiot child'' is just smile and nod !!!!! anything else is pointless !!!!

we're all going green !!!!!! :Yee Ha::Yee Ha: the world is a beautiful place............pass me that ''roach, bro''
 

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A friend from Saskatchewan recommended a morning talk show. It's available 'live' on your computer.
Host is John Gormley . . . former Minister of Parliament, QC lawyer, author, and a very verbal critic of Justin Trudeau.
650 CKOM Saskatoon & 980 CJME Regina
May be worth a listen if you're weary of the 'rainbows and unicorns' fare from the west coast.

Am happy for Vice-Admiral Norman . . . . and selfishly had hoped that he and his legal team would beat the charges in the courts.
Also hoping that V-A Norman makes a public disclosure in this sordid affair.
 

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Am happy for Vice-Admiral Norman . . . . and selfishly had hoped that he and his legal team would beat the charges in the courts.

In post interview the head solicitor introduced her legal team = all women and came out with this zinger "Fortunately Vice Admiral Norman did not fire the women that he had hired" Wonder who that was directed at??
 

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Trudeau government trying to cover its tracks

Don’t get caught.

If your political party has been caught obstructing justice — as the political party led by Justin Trudeau assuredly was, in the SNC-Lavalin scandal — what’s the one thing you need to avoid, at all costs?

Getting caught obstructing justice again, of course.

And that’s what the Trudeau regime’s prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman would have exposed: Senior Trudeau government officials, implicated in a scheme to use the criminal justice system to punish an alleged whistleblower. In this case, the second-highest-ranking officer in the Canadian Forces.

The “crime” Norman was accused of wasn’t a crime at all. In the early days of the Trudeau government, some senior cabinet ministers and political staffers tried to interfere in a multimillion-dollar contract that had been awarded for a much-needed supply ship for the Royal Canadian Navy. As in the LavScam scandal, senior Grits wanted the contract to go to a firm that had supported them politically.

A whistleblower blew the whistle — just like in LavScam — and leaked the story to the media. The Trudeau government was livid. They went after the alleged whistleblower — just like they went after Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott for blowing the whistle on corruption.

Norman — like Wilson-Raybould and Philpott — deserved the Order of Canada, not persecution, for refusing to break the rules to help out a Trudeau government political crony. They didn’t deserve to have their lives and reputations destroyed.

Justin Trudeau — who, angelic visage notwithstanding, is a vengeful and petty little man — went after Norman, viciously. The vice-admiral was criminally charged with breach of trust. Norman vehemently denied he was the source of the leak, and hired one of the best lawyers in Canada, Marie Heinen (who, full disclosure, this writer’s firm has worked with in the past).

That’s when things got interesting.

Back in February, during the pre-trial legal skirmishing over documents Trudeau’s staff were covering up, a shocking revelation came to light. Norman’s lawyers alleged that prosecutors had been talking trial strategy with Trudeau’s personal bureaucrats in the Privy Council Office (PCO).

That’s a big no-no. As in the LavScam case, criminal prosecutions must always be independent of politics. If the likes of Trudeau can use the criminal justice system to reward friends (like SNC-Lavalin) and punish enemies (like Norman), we will have fully become a totalitarian regime. We are no longer a true democracy.

“By all appearances,” one of Norman’s lawyers told the trial judge in February, “this is a more direct influencing of the prosecution … the Prime Minister’s Office, via its right arm the PCO, is dealing directly with the PPSC (Public Prosecution Service of Canada). And the prosecution service is allowing this to happen.”

The presiding judge was not impressed. “So much for the independence of the PPSC,” declared Judge Heather Perkins-McVey.

And, it was at that moment that many of us knew that Norman’s trial — scheduled for August, just weeks before the election writs were going to drop — was never going to happen. In open court, a senior judge had taken note of political interference by Trudeau’s PMO and PCO. And, at that point, for Trudeau and his winged monkeys, it became crucial that the trial never be allowed to happen.

And, now it won’t. As Christie Blatchford revealed in a Postmedia scoop, the Trudeau government abruptly decided to suddenly drop the prosecution of Norman. On Wednesday, they stayed the charges.

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.

https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/kinsella-trudeau-government-trying-to-cover-its-tracks
 

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Then came Lavscam, broken by the Globe and Mail, on Feb. 7.

Trudeau, through his tone-deaf response, shredded his carefully crafted image as a politician who was different, who would never mislead Canadians, who would defend female and indigenous rights, who would govern on behalf of the middle class, not special interests.

With Lavscam, the transformation of Trudeau from Teflon, where nothing sticks, to Velcro, where everything does, was complete.


https://winnipegsun.com/opinion/columnists/goldstein-trudeau-was-teflon-now-hes-velcro/wcm/aaa40e4d-f6aa-4071-8490-90962d5946ba
 

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There's a time-honoured tradition in Ottawa: when things go wrong — horribly wrong — somebody gets thrown under the bus.

Given all their verbal and mental gymnastics this week, Liberal MPs have shown little curiosity about how they got into this mess in the first place — and a fierce desire to get far away from it.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/mark-norman-supply-ship-trudeau-1.5141446
 

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He also tried to balance priorities in the corruption case involving SNC-Lavalin, a major Montreal engineering company that was accused of bribery in Libya during the rule of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. While Canada had met international commitments to penalize companies involved in corruption overseas, Mr. Trudeau pressed his former justice minister — improperly, she said — to seek a civil penalty in the SNC-Lavalin case.

He said he was worried that a criminal conviction, which would bar the company from government contracts, would jeopardize thousands of Canadian jobs.

After saturation coverage of the case in the news media, Mr. Trudeau’s polls, which once seemed to defy gravity, have tumbled downward. His Liberal party now trails the Conservatives, and most voters disapprove of Mr. Trudeau’s job performance.


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/world/canada/justin-trudeau-election-snc-lavalin.html
 

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Says she: “[LavScam] was a wake up call for many – a peek behind the veil of how Ottawa works. I know, like me, many of the class of 2015 who came into federal politics for the first time truly believed there was a different way to do politics. We knew what this was supposed to mean. Unfortunately our experience did not match expectations or the standards we had set ourselves. The last months have led me – and I suspect many of my former colleagues, and I know countless Canadians – to pause and consider the way the system works.”

https://torontosun.com/news/national/kinsella-jwr-plans-to-tell-all-if-gag-order-lifted
 

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Enough evidence to send SNC-Lavalin to trial, judge rules

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/enough-evidence-to-send-snc-lavalin-to-trial-judge-rules-1.4442128

But it seems Trudeau simply can't help himself from running interference...

A Quebec judge may have ordered SNC-Lavalin to stand trial on bribery and corruption charges but that doesn’t mean it will actually happen.

Beyond the possibility of an appeal, we can also expect the Trudeau Liberals to do everything they can to make sure SNC is never prosecuted.

Before the ink was dry on the decision, Attorney General David Lametti was signalling that he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were willing to give this well-connected firm the break it so desperately wants.

Lametti refused to rule out a deferred prosecution agreement for SNC.

Even before the ruling came down, the PM himself was telegraphing that he wants a sweetheart deal.

“We respect the independence of our judiciary and we won’t comment on an ongoing court case,” Trudeau said before adding the giveaway line: “We’re always going to try and fight for Canadian jobs.”

Despite the high political cost and polls showing the majority of Canadians don’t support the sweetheart deal, Trudeau appears determined to move ahead with one.


https://beta.windsorstar.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-snc-ordered-to-court-but-this-aint-over-yet/wcm/520a2da7-1f31-428b-a045-bd410aadf2a0/amp
 

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I wish with every fiber in my body that this sordid affair kicks him to the curb in politics.
That he goes down in history for the town fool he's constantly played, and for his blatant
mockery of the justice system as it should be. For his condescending attitude toward the
Indigenous, and his stubborn refusal to admit he made mistakes and to make things right.
And especially his vendetta against legal honest gun owners.
 

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“Liberal arrogance” has recurred so many times in Canadian politics, it practically deserves its own entry in Mel Hurtig’s Canadian Encyclopedia series. Liberal arrogance — that Grit belief that they alone know what is best for Canada, and are in fact synonymous with all that is good in Canada — is deadly.

Liberal arrogance has felled many a Liberal government. It is the greatest Grit weakness. And the return of Gerald Butts signals its unfortunate return, in marquee lights.


 

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“When Gerald Butts took the fall and resigned in disgrace in the SNC-Lavalin scandal, Trudeau was trying to tell voters, ‘Don’t worry, I’ve learned my lesson, I’m a changed man’,” Poilievre told reporters. “Justin Trudeau has not changed. There will be more SNC-Lavalin scandals. And we know that because he brought back the very architect of that scandal to serve at the centre of his decision-making organization.”

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/liberals-gamble-that-bringing-gerald-butts-back-for-election-campaign-is-worth-risking-snc-lavalin-scandal-revival
 

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Damning report says Trudeau violated ethics act during SNC-Lavalin affair
Ethics commissioner Mario Dion says Trudeau inappropriately tried to influence Jody Wilson-Raybould

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by trying to influence then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to overrule a decision to not grant a deferred prosecution agreement to Quebec-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin, Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion has found.

"The evidence showed there were many ways in which Mr. Trudeau, either directly or through the actions of those under his direction, sought to influence the Attorney General," Dion wrote, in his report released Wednesday.

"The Prime Minister, directly and through his senior officials, used various means to exert influence over Ms. Wilson‑Raybould. The authority of the Prime Minister and his office was used to circumvent, undermine and ultimately attempt to discredit the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions as well as the authority of Ms. Wilson‑Raybould as the Crown's chief law officer," Dion said.

Dion found Trudeau contravened Section 9 of the Conflict of Interest Act through a series of "flagrant attempts to influence" Wilson‑Raybould to reach an agreement with SNC-Lavalin to avoid criminal prosecution. That section of the code prohibits any official responsible for high level decision-making in government from seeking to influence the decision of another person to "improperly further another person's private interests."



Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau contravened Section 9 of the Conflict of Interest Act through a series of "flagrant attempts to influence" Wilson‑Raybould to reach an agreement with SNC-Lavalin to avoid criminal prosecution. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press)

While Dion found Trudeau contravened the act, the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner does not have the power to impose sanctions for such a violation.

The commissioner can impose financial penalties on public officer-holders for failing to meet certain reporting requirements — like declaring a gift — but those penalties do not apply in this case, a spokesperson for Dion said in a statement to CBC News.

In an interview with Dion as part of the investigation, Trudeau denied he tried to improperly influence Wilson-Raybould but rather he felt that the former justice minister did not adequately consider the possibility of negotiating a deferred prosecution agreement with SNC-Lavalin — something he considered to be in the public interest, and that she should be reminded of alternatives to criminal prosecution for alleged corporate wrongdoing.

In a submission to Dion made by Trudeau's lawyer, the prime minister told Dion that, even before the SNC-Lavalin affair became public through a media report, he had concerns about Wilson-Raybould's competence as justice minister, and he was troubled by "significant friction" between the B.C. minister and her other cabinet colleagues.

"Mr. Trudeau's legal counsel further submitted that Ms. Wilson-Raybould failed in her duty, as Attorney General, to acquaint herself with all the relevant facts. Rather than making a meaningful independent decision of her own, Ms. Wilson-Raybould reflexively deferred to the Director of Public Prosecutions' decision," Dion said.

Trudeau said he was concerned that a criminal prosecution could have wide-ranging consequences for SNC-Lavalin employees, shareholders, customers and suppliers, and could threaten the continued viability of the major firm.

As part of his investigation, Dion found that former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci, who was acting as SNC-Lavalin's lawyer at the time, prepared a report to be delivered to Wilson-Raybould that outlined the "legitimacy for her to intervene in criminal matters" after the federal Liberal government introduced amendments to the Criminal Code allowing for DPAs or remediation agreements in February 2018.



Dion found Trudeau contravened Section 9 of the Conflict of Interest Act. That section prohibits any official responsible for high level decision-making in government from seeking to influence the decision of another person to 'improperly further another person's private interests.' (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Another retired Supreme Court justice, John Major, prepared a complementary report on whether the refusal to pursue a DPA with SNC-Lavalin was "unlawful." Both reports were delivered to the Prime Minister's Office.

Wilson-Raybould told Dion she never reviewed the reports. Trudeau said he, too, had not seen the content of the reports but their legal opinions informed his belief that it was legitimate for Wilson-Raybould to direct prosecutors to consider alternative legal options.
'Troubling tactics'
The ethics commissioner said his review of the SNC-Lavalin affair turned up other "troubling tactics" and behaviour by some of the country's most senior public office-holders — including an inappropriate consideration of partisan political interests when discussing whether to proceed with a criminal trial.

Dion said discussions between Trudeau, former privy council clerk Michael Wernick, his senior staff and Wilson-Raybould about a political fallout in Quebec if the federal government did not reach a DPA with the company was "improper."


During a Sept. 17, 2018, meeting about the legal matter, Trudeau reminded Wilson-Raybould that he was "an MP in Quebec — the member for Papineau," a statement Dion interpreted as an attempt by the prime minister to remind his minister about the "larger political repercussions in Quebec, both for the federal and provincial orders of government."

He said further talk of the 2019 federal election was evidence that Wilson-Raybould felt considerable pressure from the prime minister to reach a conclusion favourable to the "governing party," the Liberal Party of Canada.

Dion said the prime minister and his staff viewed the SNC-Lavalin matter "chiefly through a political lens" that needed to be managed to protect partisan considerations rather than as a legal issue best left to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, the independent body that prosecutes federal offences.


"The repeated interventions by the Prime Minister, his most senior ministerial staff and public officials to have the Attorney General find a solution, even in the face of her refusal to intervene in the matter, lead me to conclude that these actions were tantamount to political direction," Dion said.

While the prime minister had only one face-to-face interaction with Wilson-Raybould where the SNC-Lavalin matter was discussed, the ethics commissioner said he would not investigate other players in the PMO or Finance Minister Bill Morneau's office who sought to influence the former minister because they "acted in accordance with the general direction set by Mr. Trudeau in September 2018 and did not receive instruction to cease communications, even once related legal proceedings had commenced."

 

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Gonna watch the news at Noon! Scheer is out for blood. Bring in the RCMP! What the hell good is it if we have ethics laws that mean nothing. It's time for sanctions. No one is above the law, Justin! Fess up and step down, time for a caucus revolt!
 

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I know the good book teaches not to take enjoyment from your fellow man's pain, but alas, l am sinner and am taking great enjoyment of our village idiots present predicament! The timing is perfect and the wrong is of nature that every Canuck feels used and betrayed by him. If Scheer can't make a majority out of the hand he has been dealt, I fear the conservative movement is Canada is dead. And the free publicity for JWR is a nice leg up for her in bid to be re-elected. All the way around, a good day in Canadian politics!
 

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I have one thought on this fiasco and Trudeaus response. He claims its about jobs. He broke the law to protect jobs.
I call bulls&*t. It wasn't about jobs. It was about Liberal VOTES. He has violated our democracy and attempted to influence the voting process. IMO.
 

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I have one thought on this fiasco and Trudeaus response. He claims its about jobs. He broke the law to protect jobs.
I call bulls&*t. It wasn't about jobs. It was about Liberal VOTES. He has violated our democracy and attempted to influence the voting process. IMO.
Round Boy;
Good evening to you sir, I hope the day was a good one for you folks 3 valleys east.

When I heard that on the radio I thought the same thing.

He didn't/doesn't care about forest sector jobs lost, nor energy jobs lost - or as Foxton said, fisherman or grizzly guides.

Indeed as I like to say sometimes, "the evidence doesn't support his thesis".....

Hopefully enough people can see that this prevaricating man-child needs to get back to what he does best - spending his trust fund elsewhere than in the public eye....

All the best to you as we head into the fall.

Dwayne
 

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Round Boy;
Good evening to you sir, I hope the day was a good one for you folks 3 valleys east.

When I heard that on the radio I thought the same thing.

He didn't/doesn't care about forest sector jobs lost, nor energy jobs lost - or as Foxton said, fisherman or grizzly guides.

Indeed as I like to say sometimes, "the evidence doesn't support his thesis".....

Hopefully enough people can see that this prevaricating man-child needs to get back to what he does best - spending his trust fund elsewhere than in the public eye....

All the best to you as we head into the fall.

Dwayne
Yes just goes to show you that Justin is above the law and totally Drunk on his Liberal Arrogance , just like his <maybe> father Pierre . One can only hope that come October that he and his Liberal crooks get a royal boot in the a** . Can not imagine about 4 years of his BS .
 

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As an EX-Quebecker/ 40 years ago, LIBERALS = QUEBEC !!!! just look at their high profile ministers/senators !!!!!
I could go off on a rant about v the ''idiot'' child and his mob,but I have other things to deal with.!!!
good post Chainsaw :Oh Yeah!:
 
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