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FELDSTED: Wernick is not elected and accountable to the public. The pompous ass deserves to be fired for overstepping his authority and attempting to shame an elected official in public

International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr isn’t saying whether he believes there was any undue pressure by officials on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould in the SNC-Lavalin affair.  But he told the West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson he’s taking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at his word and hopes Canadians’ “reasonableness” will prevail.

“Canadians will have to make up their own minds,” said Carr, who the Prime Minister’s Office put up to answer questions on the matter.

Canadians are reasonable but not stupid. Contending that the Clerk of the Privy Council is non-partisan after the display he put on for the Commons Justice Committee is irrational.

Michael Wernick was reading straight from the PMO teleprompter, and as a public servant, had no authority to deride the Attorney General as he did. Wernick is not elected and accountable to the public. The pompous ass deserves to be fired for overstepping his authority and attempting to shame an elected official in public.

The SNC-Lavalin affair (or scandal) is not reasonable. Providing an escape from prosecution for crooked corporations is not in the public interest. Rescuing SCN -Lavalin is in the interest of Quebec, but not in the interests of Canada. There is a difference.   

Why is the Prime Minister’s office silent about the contractors who lost business because contracts for a Montreal bridge and hospital were secured by SNC-Lavalin bribes? Why were the jobs lost to those contractors not important? The doubletalk and double standards are sickening and unacceptable.

Under the Criminal Code, someone who accepts a bribe is just a guilty as the person who offers the bribe.

Saving CSN-Lavalin to keep Liberal votes in Quebec is bribery, offered and accepted. Whether the deal was or is completed is immaterial. The intent is there and both parties stood to gain.

The Premier of Quebec and the Mayor of Montreal are on thin ice and could be investigated for aiding and abetting in the criminal act of bribery.

The whole house of cards is trembling and many of us have taken out the popcorn and a libation while we watch the drama unfold. It is simultaneously humorous, ironic and satisfying watching some pompous twit trying to maintain his dignity while scraping poop from his shoe-soles. 

It is,  a grand social status leveler.  

John Feldsted
Political Consultant & Strategist
Winnipeg, Manitoba


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