Andrew Coyne: Trudeau’s lawsuit threat all part of a cunning play for sympathy

The early reviews of Justin Trudeau’s threat to sue Andrew Scheer for his comments on the SNC-Lavalin affair have not been kind: an “unfathomably stupid move … absolutely bonkers … the most ill-advised defamation suit since Oscar Wilde sued the Marquess of Queensbury.”

But hold on. Maybe that’s what he wants people to think. Take a step back, put this latest move in the context of the government’s previous attempts to contain the scandal, and a pattern emerges: a series of similarly baffling moves, each one of which might easily be dismissed as pea-brained, imbecilic, even suicidal, but which when taken together add up to a subtly brilliant play for the sympathy vote.