Justin Trudeau has no political playbook to counter this rare implosion

…On this one, Trudeau has no playbook to consult; no tried-and-true tactics to counter an implosion of this magnitude or rarity. Nothing he has done to date has contained this scandal — not even the loss of his principal secretary and right-hand man, Gerald Butts — and what’s been done to date, or not done, may have only made it worse.

Whatever Butts was planning to say on Wednesday at the Commons justice committee in defence of Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair, it is no doubt under serious revision now. This isn’t he-said, she-said anymore — it’s he-said, they said, and it’s not just double trouble, but a crisis increased vastly more than twofold.

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