MARIN: 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.
In the Norman case, disclosure to the defence team has been glacial with allegations by the defence that the PMO and the Privy Council have been quarterbacking the prosecution.
Defence counsel Christine Mainville told the court on Monday: “The prosecution should not be discussing trial strategy with the Prime Minister’s Office right-hand person.”
The so-called LavScam, as dubbed on twitter, is snowballing into a greater and greater scandal by the day.
It started when the Globe and Mail broke the story that Liberal-friendly SNC-Lavalin had been working the back political channels to pressure former Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to lean on the Public Prosecution of Canada to not prosecute them.
Prime Minister Trudeau carefully avoided answering the question, regurgitating slowly a la drama teacher style: “The allegations reported in the story are false. At no time did I or my office direct the current or previous attorney-general to make any particular decision in this matter. As I’ve said, at no time did we direct the attorney-general, current or previous, to make any decision whatsoever in this matter.”
Nice try at pivoting but no one bought it. The question was whether he or his office had put pressure or influence. The Globe’s story didn’t use the word “direct.”
As the days passed, the former drama teacher’s version appeared to vacillate.
Trudeau said: “She confirmed to me a conversation on matters involving the director of public prosecutions were hers alone.” Which begs the question, if no one was pressuring her on the file, why did she need to remind Trudeau that his toddies were on her turf?
The latest Trudeau spin on Friday confirmed that Wilson-Raybould challenged him to clarify whether he was “directing” her to override the director of PPC. But he didn’t provide any more information.
We all know what happened next as the scandal unfolded.
Wilson-Raybould was demoted. And when Trudeau claimed all was good because she was still in cabinet, she proceeded to resign, leaving the PM with egg on his face.