Category Archives: Canada’s Corrupt Political Class

Marni Soupcoff: Gerald Butts is clearly blind to his own hypocrisy

Stop telling us about the ‘sacrifices’ public officials make. The only sacrifice we need is Butts’ ex-boss waiving his solicitor-client privilege

Gerald Butts, in the statement he issued upon resigning as principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, spoke in righteous terms. He said that in his experience, Canadian politicians and government employees put service of country beyond self … not just sometimes, but every single day. “The Prime Minister of Canada’s Office is much larger and more important than any of its staff,” he also said.


FUREY: The SNC-Lavalin affair a small, but real example of ‘democratic backsliding’

Ten seconds. That’s probably about how long Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s potentially offending remarks in his conversation with Jody Wilson-Raybould lasted. Those remarks where he may have pressured her to get the charges dropped against SNC-Lavalin.

Not a lot of time, when you think about it. Words that, if the PM actually said them (something he denies), he probably wishes he could take back.

Is there no way to compel an honest investigation? If not then then this is real Banana Republic stuff.


Shocka! Trudeau says no public inquiry into SNC-Lavalin affair needed right now

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested today a public inquiry isn’t necessary to get to the bottom of the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Heading into a Liberal national caucus meeting, Trudeau did not rule out an inquiry but said the Commons justice committee is “seized” with the issue and noted the ethics commissioner also has launched an investigation.


Corbella: Bigotry against western Canada keeps on rollin’ by jaundiced commentators

The bigotry against Western Canada just keeps on rollin’.

How else to describe the commentary on Twitter and in some other media coverage in Ottawa on Tuesday over the United We Roll convoy of some 200 trucks filled with people from across Canada protesting against federal government policies that harm Canada’s resource sector — particularly oil and gas.


Wilson-Raybould to speak after making nice with Trudeau

Jody Wilson-Raybould will soon speak, but whether she says anything remains to be seen.

The former attorney general has been called to appear before the Commons justice committee after a bizarre turn of events on Tuesday.

The Globe is reporting Trudeau spoke to Wilson-Raybould after prosecutors refused SNC-Lavalin deal

Until now, publicly available information had indicated that the Prime Minister spoke to Ms. Wilson-Raybould before prosecutors made their decision, announced by SNC on Oct. 10

Now what did he say exactly and will it matter?


Rex Murphy: Is there another storm coming, that Gerald Butts was trying to deter?

Well, this is novel.

We’re accustomed to the spectacle of others forced to taste the underside of the tires of the most-exercised vehicle in Ottawa. But how often do we get to watch the bus driver exit the vehicle to toss himself under its wheels?

It was during the soft hours of a Family Day afternoon that the principal secretary of the prime minister of Canada publicly committed political seppuku.


Kelly McParland: If no one did anything wrong, why two resignations and a PMO in crisis mode?

When Gerald Butts resigned as Justin Trudeau’s closest and most important adviser Monday, quitting the job that made him the most powerful man in Ottawa other than the prime minister, he offered an official (and somewhat lengthy) explanation.

“The Prime Minister of Canada’s Office is much larger and more important than any of its staff,” he said. It was “in the best interests of the office and its important work for me to step away.”


Photographs of Harjit Sajjan cost Canadians $161,000

Taxpayers spent $161,000 for photographers to take images of Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on his various trips in what the Liberal government says is proof that Canada is re-engaging on the world stage. That cost covers only travel and accommodations for the military photographers and does not include their salaries.

The amount covers 26 trips since late 2015 to locations such as India, Trenton, Yellowknife, Brussels, Ukraine, Latvia, Iraq and Africa.


The hole that Gerry Butts leaves behind

…Trudeau needed to throw the mob a head, to release pressure, allow the government to show that it’s done something, appease his rattled caucus and get a bit of room to manoeuvre.

Butts’s departure certainly serves a short-term political goal, allowing Trudeau to signal that he is regrouping for the election ahead, but we are likely only at the beginning of the second act of l’Affaire SNC-Lavalin, and it is not clear that Trudeau will be better off without Butts, his capable and trusted lieutenant, in the scenes as yet unwritten.

You just can’t ignore a headline like that.

Butts claims it has nothing to do with SNC-Lavalin and it may be true.

It may be that Butts was so obnoxious he was finally booted simply to avoid an LPC revolt.

More likely this was an attempt to kill two birds with one stone.

Appease a grumpy caucus and pretend they care they got caught on the SNC-Lavalin affair by offering an apparent public sacrifice.

A third but more remote possibility exists and it may be Butts comments on climate change indicate the real reason for his departure.

Maybe Butt’s rival puppet-masters are questioning the LPC’s re-election chances thanks to the eco-loon carbon tax scam and he lost in a power play. 

Whatever the truth while Butts may be officially gone it is almost certain he will not be distanced.

I expect he’ll still be whispering sweet “policy” nothings to Justin with the added bonus both can claim it never happened and Justin has been turned into a real boy at last.


United We Roll supporters REACT after Maclean’s calls convoy “white nationalists”

In one fell swoop, a lead editor from one of Canada’s main national media outlets tarred and feathered a grassroots movement of tens of thousands of Canadians.

When a Muslim commits an act of terror he always acts alone but when a Yellow Vest supporter makes a racist remark All Yellow Vest protesters are guilty. That’s how our media works. Keep that in mind as you read the story.


Does @JustinTrudeau and the @liberal_party of Canada have an MP they know to be under the influence of the Iranian Regime?

This is where “identity politics” leads


The SNC-Lavalin mess is all about Quebec votes

It’s 2019. It’s a federal election year.

If you want to understand what is going on in Ottawa recently, you have to recognize that all of the major political parties are pandering to Quebec, home of 78 federal ridings, the second most number of seats of any province.

And unlike most of the seats across the country, the seats in Quebec are up for grabs and will determine who wins the next election.


Prime Minister’s Office turns Canada into a banana republic

It’s official, the federal Liberals have turned us into a banana republic where unelected goons in the Prime Minister’s Office and the prime minister himself have erased the separation of power between the executive and the judiciary.

How else to explain political incursions in both the high-profile prosecution of former Vice-Admiral Mark Norman and the SNC-Lavalin political fiasco.


Is anyone as stupid as the Liberals think we are?

In the wake of the massive SNC-Lavalin scandal and the subsequent ultra-transparent cover up, one question is still left on the minds of Canadians: is anyone out there stupid enough to believe Trudeau’s story?

To recap, the scandal centres on the accusation that the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) put pressure on the then AG, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to let SNC-Lavalin plead down to a deferred prosecution agreement for their role in a long history of bribery and extortion in Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya