Andrew Scheer: Justin Trudeau has betrayed Canadians

Andrew Scheer: Justin Trudeau has betrayed Canadians


The allegations levelled last week against Justin Trudeau and his office are grievous and strike at the very heart of our rule of law

One of the most important things about my approach in politics has been creating a level of accountability, of transparency, of openness, of honesty that means admitting when mistakes were made, taking responsibility for them, and fixing them in an open matter.”

Justin Trudeau spoke those words five years ago — setting the tone for what he pitched to Canadians as a new way of doing politics.

“Openness and transparency will be our constant companions, and we will work to restore Canadians’ trust in their government and in our democracy.”

He said that when he was sworn in as prime minister.

Canadians took this prime minister at his word. They trusted him to be who he said he would be. And he has betrayed them.

The allegations levelled last week against Justin Trudeau and his office are grievous and strike at the very heart of our rule of law.

Openness and transparency will be our constant companions, and we will work to restore Canadians’ trust in their government and in our democracy

SNC-Lavalin, one of the Liberal Party of Canada’s largest corporate backers, is being prosecuted on charges of bribery. For the past three years, the company has aggressively lobbied key government officials for a special deal that would see it avoid criminal prosecution.

The government responded last year, when it wedged into the budget bill a new legal provision that would give SNC-Lavalin exactly what it wanted.

The use of that provision is at the discretion of the Director of Public Prosecutions and last October, that office informed SNC-Lavalin no special deal was coming.

That should have been the end of it. It was only the beginning.

Unhappy with that result, the Prime Minister’s Office allegedly pressured the attorney general to overrule due legal process by granting this Liberal-friendly corporate giant the special deal it had long sought after, and then firing the attorney general when she courageously refused to do so.

(Canadians owe Jody Wilson-Raybould a debt of gratitude for holding true to her principles and protecting the rule of law when her political masters implored her to abandon it.)

The Prime Minister is now on the run, trying his best to avoid the very things he once promised to champion

The level of corruption implied is truly staggering.

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