February 13, 2019 10:00 am
Updated: February 13, 2019 10:01 am

Scott Thompson: Dark clouds of SNC-Lavalin hovering over ‘sunny ways’ PM

Andrew Scheer said Monday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should allow former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to "speak for herself" in the SNC-Lavalin case.

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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet last month, it was portrayed as a typical house cleaning before next fall’s election.

When Trudeau demoted his personally-groomed, high-profile attorney-general and justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, though, heads started to turn.

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Why would the PM remove this well-qualified individual, who is the first Indigenous person to hold the post and only the third woman to do so, without any real valid reason?

She was a rising star for the Liberals who checked off two big boxes for their base: women and the Indigenous community.

Then, reports broke, alleging that senior officials with the Prime Minister’s Office pressured her to intervene and urge prosecutors to cut a deal in order to save SNC-Lavalin from going to trial over corruption and fraud charges.

That’s the sort of collusion chatter that swirls around the Donald Trump White House, not the Parliament Hill of our “sunny ways” selfie prime minister.

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To add fuel to Justin’s political inferno, the ethics commissioner has called an investigation into the shenanigans. Wilson-Raybould, meanwhile, has resigned from Trudeau’s cabinet to hire high-priced legal representation so she can tell her side of the story.

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So, if you questioned whether something fishy was going on with the cabinet shuffle outing Jody Wilson-Raybould, your suspicions have been confirmed.

Something stinks.

Scott Thompson is the host of The Scott Thompson Show on Global News Radio 900 CHML.​​​​

 

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