Political scandals bring to light figures who are largely unknown to the wider public. The SNC-Lavalin affair has done such for the clerk of the Privy Council, Canada’s most senior bureaucrat, Michael Wernick.
Wernick is hardly obscure; at a conference of public administration scholars he would be a star keynote speaker. But he remains largely hidden, as is fitting for his role. The SNC business brought him into the light, where he demonstrated quickly that he is better kept in the shadows.
It turns out that he is something of a delicate flower with a paranoid touch, which must be a very stressful way to live.