Finally, someone in the government determined the obvious. “Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, contravened Section 9 of the Conflict of Interest Act through a series of ‘flagrant attempts to influence’ then Justice Minister Jody Wilson‑Raybould to reach an agreement with SNC-Lavalin to avoid criminal prosecution.” (Andrej Ivanov/Reuters) (a) Trudeau said that, in essence, he does but does not take responsibility for wrong-doing. This is the typical two-facedness of a politician, with a couple of exceptions (see post JWR and Other Heroes). He does not agree “that any contact with the attorney general on this issue was improper”. (a) Excuse me, but isn’t that what the issue is all about.
Also, if Trudeau was going to take responsibility, he should have done so months ago and he would still have two decent politicians in his party. Now, there is no believability to claim to take responsibility; it’s just a political ploy. And, he is still using the ‘jobs’ excuse even though it has been shown to be a total scam. (b) In Trudeau’s continued attempts to demean Jody Wilson-Raybould and to cover for his violations, he only demeans himself more.
Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the ethics commissioner has no authority “to impose sanctions for such a violation”. In short, the ethics commissioner and his office is pretty much another ‘do-nothing office’, similar to the privacy commissioner’s office.
As for the other eleven people who tried to influence Wilson-Raybould, the “ethics commissioner said he would not investigate them because they “acted in accordance with the general direction set by Mr. Trudeau in September 2018 …”. So, if a hit man/woman gets caught she/he is not guilty because he/she took direction from the person who hired her/him? If four thieves rob a store and get caught, only the leader of the four is guilty because the others took direction? I find this very ‘odd’ and concerning. Somehow I don’t think a court would agree.
(a) ‘I take responsibility,’ Trudeau says in wake of damning report on SNC-Lavalin ethics violation – John Paul Tasker, 14 Aug 2019, CBC News
(b) Jody Wilson-Raybould and Other Heroes – http://Hospitalsandprivacyandpolitics.noblogs.org