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6 hours ago, Malcolm said:

Even Justin has done some good but I will let someone else speak to that.  Pretty slim pickings but  https://www.quora.com/What-good-has-Trudeau-done-for-Canada

That being said, I hope he gets turfed in the upcoming election.

Pretty slim pickings is being extremely generous imo. About the only thing  he has achieved is the legalization of MJ and the juries still put on that move.. Other than that he has been a major embarrassment on the world stage and even worse at home. All just my opinion of course. Deicer probably loves him.

To put it more succinctly, if he was ever on a life saving machine in a room with only one plug and I was in the same room, he’d better hope my phone doesn’t need charging.

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Since August 2017, Canada has been working closely as a member of the Lima group, which is comprised of over a dozen Latin American countries and the Caribbean, to address the Venezuelan crisis," Freeland said.

 Justin is desperately looking for something to put in the “win” column for his “Canada is back” boast.....anything...anything..he can brag about.

Trudeau throws another $53 mill of what was your and my money out the door to aid Venezuela.....

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Yet once again....Butts must cringe when his puppet goes off script !! Open Mouth...Insert Foot...

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Beware—stealthy carbon tax edges closer to reality

 

The Trudeau government is moving toward a Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) for Canada—basically, a set of government mandates to use transportation fuels that are lower in greenhouse gas emissions.

As I observed last year, the CFS might raise gasoline prices at the pump by five cents per litre, and hike the price of natural gas and other energy prices as well. The Alberta economy could lose one per cent of GDP by 2030. And in Alberta, this would pile on top of other climate regulations such as the 100 megatonne restriction on oilsand emissions, methane gas reduction regulations, and of course, Alberta’s carbon tax.

Both the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) and C.D. Howe have expressed concerns about the clean fuel standard and called for a “fully costed economic review” of Ottawa’s national CFS plan. If the way the Trudeau government introduced its carbon backstop plan is any guide, you shouldn’t hold your breath for that review.

One important thing to understand about clean fuel standards is that they are akin to a carbon tax. Ottawa is simply imposing a tax on top of its proposed escalating carbon tax, which will bite, if one remembers, at $50 per tonne in 2022.

Here’s how clean fuel standards work. Government forces fuel importers and providers to use fuels that lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Those that cannot do so economically can buy “clean fuel credits” from the suppliers of those cleaner forms of power, whether that’s ethanol fuel, wind power, solar power, etc.

One reason governments like clean fuel standards is that they satisfy several desires of governments without being obvious to taxpayers. Clean fuel standards work by forcing people to preferentially buy lower-carbon fuels—fuels which, as we’ve seen vividly in Toronto, tend to be significantly more expensive than conventional natural gas, hydro or nuclear power.

A second benefit for government is that clean fuel standards are a type of subsidy to businesses and energy forms they favour. By forcing consumers to buy certain kinds of fuels, the providers of those fuels can get subsidies from the people who have to buy clean fuel credits.

Finally, Ottawa likes to boast about carbon tax “efficiency” while ignoring fundamental principles of carbon taxation. One of those principles is that carbon taxes must displace other carbon regulations. It must be fully “revenue neutral,” with revenues used to offset other distortionary taxes such as personal and corporate income taxes. For a few years, British Columbia lived up to the latter standard, but all too quickly, revenue neutrality was off the table. It’s also off the table in Alberta and was off the table in Ontario prior to the rollback of cap-and-trade by Premier Ford.

Everyone loves the idea of using more “clean energy,” but governments see this as more of an opportunity to raise revenues and micromanage the energy economy, leaving consumers across the country holding the bag for higher fuel prices and higher everything-else prices that go along with raising the cost of fuels at the intake-end of production.

Ottawa should think about Canadian consumers for a change, and stop dumping on us regulation after regulation that lighten our pocketbooks.

 

https://www.fraserinstitute.org/article/beware-stealthy-carbon-tax-edges-closer-to-reality

 

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Does Trudeau think taxes pay themselves?

It shouldn’t be a shock, coming from a guy that thinks budgets balance themselves.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said low income Canadians don’t pay taxes.

“The Conservatives simply don’t understand that low-income families don’t benefit from tax breaks because they don’t pay taxes,” Trudeau thundered.

The PM was responding to a question from Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre, who charged that Trudeau has hiked taxes on many Canadians and will do so again if re-elected. 

It should have been an easy question for Trudeau to swat away, instead he proved a central Conservative talking point: that trust-fund Trudeau is so out of touch with the ordinary lives of Canadians that he doesn’t know that low-income Canadians pay all kinds of taxes.

From GST, to the coming carbon tax, CPP, EI and even income tax.

Someone earning just $28,000 a year in Ottawa — the equivalent of minimum wage in Ontario — will pay $4,782 in taxes.

That includes $1,998 in federal tax, $1,106 in provincial tax and $1,678 in CPP and EI premiums.

It’s an average tax rate of 11%.

Maybe ‘trust-fund Trudeau’ doesn’t get that. 

Maybe for him dropping 11% of his income would be  nothing, but to most of us we notice.

By the way, drop that figure to an annual income of $14,000 and you are still paying a total tax bill of $879 — most of it to the feds.

 

 

Sure, some of that will come back to the low-income taxpayer through tax credits, refunds and the like, but that only happens in April, or in quarterly installments.

Those low-income Canadians still pay taxes all year round.

Then there is the tax they pay when they buy clothes, a cup of coffee, when they fill up the gas tank or the taxes paid indirectly to ride public transit.

On Wednesday, Trudeau had the chance to back away from his ridiculous statement, but instead he attacked the Conservatives as not caring about the middle class.

Which is strange because under the Conservatives, both the middle-class and and low-income Canadians saw their fortunes improve according to a report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

But Trudeau just wanted to bang on and on about Conservative policies instead of discussing his ridiculous and out-of-touch statement.

Maybe it is unfair for Trudeau to know what low-income Canadians do or don’t pay. 

His family hasn’t needed to work since his grandfather Charles made the family fortune — mostly from a chain of gas stations in the 1930’s.

That fortune allowed Pierre Trudeau to traipse around the world before settling down to forge a career and much of that fortune — which has grown — was left to Justin in a trust fund.

The Conservatives took aim at that, especially pointing out that Trudeau had closed what he called tax loopholes for small business but hadn’t touched the tax advantage offered to trust funds.

“How much money did he save by taking advantage of the trust fund tax loophole?”  Poilievre asked.

To Trudeau it was nothing but a personal attack, but in reality a valid question

 

 

We have a prime minister who has literally called small business owners “tax cheats” and implied most only incorporate for the tax advantages — tax advantages he tried to take away.

Shouldn’t we have a sense of the tax advantages that have helped what he himself calls his “family fortune?”

Trudeau likes to talk about helping the middle class and those working hard to join it, don’t believe the hype.

This is a man who is about to impose a new consumption tax on a large part of the country, his beloved carbon tax.

He isn’t cutting all other taxes, or any other taxes, the way Nobel prize winning economists would have done, he is simply adding to your tax bill and telling you it is good for you.

How would he know?

He’s never had to worry about a bill in his life and he thinks low income people don’t pay taxes.

Just like budgets balance themselves.

This guy has to go.

https://torontosun.com/news/national/lilley-does-trudeau-think-taxes-pay-themselves

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The sleaze bag never stops...Today on the Globe and Mail.

 

OTTAWA - The Globe and Mail says former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould disappointed the Prime Minister's Office by refusing to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution.

The Quebec engineering and construction giant has been facing legal trouble over allegations it paid millions of dollars in bribes to get government business in Libya, which would be a crime under Canadian law.

As justice minister, Wilson-Raybould could have gotten involved in the case against the company by directing federal prosecutors to negotiate a "remediation agreement," a way of undoing damage without admitting the company itself was at fault for things particular employees did.

The Globe reports that SNC-Lavalin repeatedly lobbied Justin Trudeau's aides for a deal and Trudeau's office leaned on Wilson-Raybould to make it happen.

No such agreement was ever reached and Wilson-Raybould was moved to be minister of veterans affairs in a January cabinet shuffle.

Neither Trudeau nor Wilson-Raybould nor SNC-Lavalin has immediately responded to questions from The Canadian Press about the story.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/topstories/globe-pmo-pressured-minister-on-snc-lavalin/ar-BBTi4JS?ocid=sf

 

 

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FREE KITTENS*

 

A pretty little girl named Suzy was standing on the sidewalk in front of her home. Next to her was a basket containing a number of tiny creatures; in her hand was a sign announcing FREE KITTENS.

 

Suddenly a line of big black cars pulled up beside her. Out of the lead car stepped a tall, grinning man.
"Hi there little girl, I'm Prime Minister Trudeau. What do you have in the basket?" he asked.
"Kittens," little Suzy said.
"How old are they?" asked Trudeau.
Suzy replied, "They're so young, their eyes aren't even open yet."
"And what kind of kittens are they?"
"Liberals," answered Suzy with a smile.

 

Trudeau was delighted. As soon as he returned to his car, he called his PR chief and told him about the little girl and the kittens.
Recognizing the perfect photo op, the two men agreed that the Prime Minister should return the next day; and in front of the assembled media, have the girl talk about her discerning kittens.

 

So the next day, Suzy was again standing on the sidewalk with her basket of "FREE KITTENS," when another motorcade pulled up, this time followed by vans from CBC, CBC World News and CTV.
Cameras and audio equipment were quickly set up, then Trudeau got out of his limo and walked over to little Suzy.

 

"Hello, again," he said, "I'd love it if you would tell all my friends out there what kind of kittens you're giving away."
"Yes sir," Suzy said. "They're Conservatives."
Taken by surprise, the Prime Minister stammered, "But... but...yesterday, you told me they were LIBERALS."

 

Little Suzy smiled and said, "I know. But today, they have their eyes open"

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I changed my original title to "All About Justin / The good, the bad and the ugly"  in an attempt to make the topic more inviting to Liberals who could then jump in and write about the "Good". So far little or no action...… 🙃😀

 

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JT really, REALLY discredited himself today by sticking to a talking point that neither he nor the PMO "DIRECTED" the Minister to interfere. He refused to answer the question if he asked the Minister to interfere whether by asking or suggesting.

Not too impressive of the youngster...

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8 hours ago, Moon The Loon said:

JT really, REALLY discredited himself today by sticking to a talking point that neither he nor the PMO "DIRECTED" the Minister to interfere. He refused to answer the question if he asked the Minister to interfere whether by asking or suggesting.

Not too impressive of the youngster...

 

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Tale of prosecutorial interference a mortal threat to the Trudeau brand

It would be perfectly emblematic of a government that promised a new way of doing things, but is capable of cynicism that could make Jean Chrétien blush

In a Thursday press conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denied that he or anyone from his office directed Justice Minister (as she then was) Jody Wilson-Raybould to abandon the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin over some funny business in Libya, and instead pursue a friendlier so-called “remediation agreement.”

Interestingly, no one had alleged what he denied. The front page of Thursday’s Globe and Mail did not report that anyone “directed” Wilson Raybould to lay off the politically well-connected Montreal-based engineering firm, but rather that the PMO tried to persuade her to do that, and that she told them to pound sand.

And now she is an ex-justice minister.

Reporter: Was “any sort of influence” applied?

Trudeau: “At no time did I or my office direct the … attorney general to make any particular decision in this matter.”

Reporter: “Was there any sort of influence whatsoever?”

Trudeau: “At no time did we direct the attorney general … to take any decision whatsoever in this matter.”

Yikes.

Do these very serious, possibly criminal allegations ring true? Savagely demoting a strong-willed justice minister whom you’ve just asked to do something egregious, possibly illegally, doesn’t seem like a very savvy political play. But then, Trudeau’s PMO isn’t half as savvy as it thinks it is. (In theory Wilson-Raybould could have backed up the PMO’s story on Thursday, but she declined to comment.) It would have been an outrageous attempted abuse of power, certainly, but hardly unprecedented in the greasy annals of Ottawa history.

Indeed, if the public winds up believing this narrative, that’s exactly why it could leave a real scar on the Liberals. It would be perfectly emblematic of a government that promised a whole new way of doing things, but that’s capable of cynicism that could make Jean Chrétien blush.

“Canadians from all across this country sent a message that it is time for real change, and I am deeply honoured by the faith they have placed in my team and me,” Trudeau said in a statement on Nov. 4, 2015, after swearing in his gender-balanced Cabinet featuring Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s first-ever Indigenous justice minister. “This strong, diverse, and experienced team will serve all Canadians.”

trudeau-wilson-raybould-1.png?w=300Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and new Veterans Affairs Minister Jodie Wilson-Raybould at a swearing in ceremony in Ottawa on Jan. 14, 2019. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

Three-and-a-bit years later, Wilson-Raybould was busted down to Veteran’s Affairs and Washroom Cleanliness for reasons no one could quite understand. Some saw her (ahem) reassignment as a betrayal of Trudeau’s reconciliation agenda. But the irony, of course, is that Wilson-Raybould oversaw some of the biggest disappointments the Trudeau government had to offer its supporters.

“The list of broken promises and opportunities squandered commences with an overall commitment by Wilson-Raybould’s government to reverse a decade of senseless Tory tough-on-crime measures,” criminal defence lawyers Michael Lacy and Daniel Brown wrote in an op-ed last month. “Scores of offences that carry mandatory minimum sentences ought to have been early on the chopping block, but were inexplicably left in place. The Liberals also failed to eliminate mandatory victim fine surcharges; a mean-spirited money grab that punishes the poor.”

Wilson-Raybould failed to streamline the pardon system or address racial disparities in prisons, they argued. Eliminating peremptory jury challenges pleased Indigenous groups and others who were outraged by the all-white jury’s verdict in the Gerald Stanley trial. But many defence lawyers, including Lacy and Brown, argue the move made it easier to convict just about anyone, including Indigenous defendants.

It would have been an outrageous attempted abuse of power, but hardly unprecedented in the greasy annals of Ottawa history

 

In her post-demotion statement, Wilson-Raybould claimed to be proud of ludicrous new impaired driving legislation that allows police to compel breathalyzer tests with no suspicion of impairment (an engraved invitation to abuse), criminalizes impairment after driving and relies on measurements of THC impairment backed by little to no scientific evidence. Vice reported this week the case of a Halifax woman who was arrested for failing a THC saliva test, but then passed a physical impairment test and was released without charge — but nevertheless had her license suspended for a week, and had to pay a total of $400 to get it reinstated and her car out of impound. It seems likely the courts will tear this legislation to shreds, but not before the government spends untold millions of dollars defending it.

It would be somewhat fitting, then, if it were standing on an important and universally appreciated point of principle — the independence of prosecutors from political interference — that got Jody Wilson-Raybould fired. For all her feats of perpetuating and accentuating the status quo, Trudeau’s “real change” government was happy to stand and applaud. But insubordination, and at the expense of a very important company with fearsome lobbyists? Intolerable.

On the bright side for the Liberals, by the end of the day they actually managed to deny what had been alleged: “Neither directed, nor pressured, nor influenced,” Marco Mendicino assured CBC’s Vassy Kapelos on Power and Politics.

Marco Mendicino is Parliamentary Secretary to the infrastructure minister. At press time, the Prime Minister’s itinerary for Friday includes no media availabilities. This could get a lot worse before it gets better.

 

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/chris-selley-tale-of-prosecutorial-interference-a-mortal-threat-to-the-trudeau-brand

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Note the choice of words direct...... as "directing" would be an indictable offence under Canadian law.

Ironically, the payment of bribes in places like Libya is a necessary part of doing business there.... it's how things get done and I would have been the first to defend it. Sometimes the simple truth is better, easier and more defendable. They just can't help themselves it seems. On virtually every file that I have some experience with they prove themselves liars and manipulators. I'm willing to bet that bribes were paid.... I would have done the same thing for exactly the same reason.

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“?NDP MP Nathan Cullen: Mr. Speaker, Canadians were confused and shocked when the first Indigenous justice minister was summarily fired without explanation. In her letter to Canadians she warned that an attorney general must speak truth to power and that “It is a pillar of our democracy that our system of justice be free from even the perception of political interference.” In the bombshell report from The Globe and Mail we now understand truly what she meant, because when the now former justice minister refused to drop the fraud and corruption trial against SNC Lavalin, she was fired. Again, did anyone in the Prime Minister’s Office communicate with the former justice minister about this case, yes or no? “

 

 

Billions at stake for SNC-Lavalin — corruption conviction would bar firm from federal contracts for 10 years

SNC has a long history of building major projects in Canada, including one that is the sole investment made thus far by the Canada Infrastructure Bank

OTTAWA — A looming criminal trial could sideline SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. on billions worth of federal contracts, removing a key player in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s infrastructure ambitions and possibly risking a number of Quebec-based jobs, analysts say.

SNC has a long history of building major infrastructure projects in Canada, including the $6.3-billion REM rail line in Montreal currently under construction. That rail project remains the sole investment made thus far by the Canada Infrastructure Bank, a body introduced by the Trudeau government in 2016 that aims to funnel $35 billion into various infrastructure projects over a 10-year period. SNC is also on the short list to build the $3.6-billion expansion of Ottawa’s light rail system.

But financial analysts and legal experts say that a bribery and fraud conviction against the company would bar it from bidding on any federal contracts for 10 years, and would even allow federal authorities to cancel the company’s current infrastructure contracts, if deemed necessary.

The Montreal-based company faces charges under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) that it funnelled $48 million in payments to Libyan government officials, including former dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s son, Saadi, to secure government contracts. The case has been in preliminary hearings since October, and no trial date is currently scheduled.

The depth of SNC’s footprint in Canada points to the shared goals between the company and Ottawa, as the government gradually rolls out its $186.7-billion infrastructure program aimed at improving Canada’s roads, bridges, clean power facilities and telecoms lines.

Frederic Bastien, an analyst at Raymond James, said SNC currently has roughly $8.6 billion worth of planned infrastructure projects — a large chunk of which is based in Canada. That makes up over half of the company’s total global backlog of $15 billion.

“If they’re found guilty, they’re barred from bidding on federal contract jobs. It’s very critical to the business that that doesn’t happen,” Bastien said.

“The bulk of the work that they do in Canada is for the government.”

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/billions-at-stake-for-snc-lavalin-corruption-conviction-would-bar-firm-from-federal-contracts-for-10-years

 

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Across the board, Liberals are failing miserably at living up to the values they try to impose on others. The more they wag their fingers the more fingers get pointed back at them and the more their conduct fails to measure up to even the most basic of legal standards.

Bribes come in many forms and wear numerous disguises and they are the essence of pork barrel politics. This is how business is conducted there, embrace it or stay home. Call it a tax, or a levy on business, call the person you are bribing a silent partner in your venture. Horse trade access to markets (contracts or what ever you are seeking) for the sale of military hardware or technology…. it’s still a bribe. Call it a trade if you wish but pay it or stay home. 

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1 hour ago, Jaydee said:

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Taking one for the party?

Jody Wilson-Raybould says she's bound by 'solicitor-client privilege,' won't comment on SNC-Lavalin scandal

Jody Wilson-Raybould said Friday she wouldn't comment after Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called for an emergency meeting of the Commons justice committee to question high-ranking officials involved in recent allegations that the Prime Minister's Office pressured the former attorney general to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.

Media report suggests PMO pressured former attorney general to intervene in fraud case

John Paul Tasker · CBC News · Posted: Feb 08, 2019 10:33 AM ET | Last Updated: 20 minutes ago
 
A Globe and Mail story Thursday said Jody Wilson-Raybould was shuffled from her portfolio after she refused to ask federal prosecutors to make a plea bargain deal with Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould said Friday she would not comment on claims that the Prime Minister's Office tried to pressure her to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution in pending legal action against the construction company.

"As the former minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, I am bound by solicitor-client privilege in this matter," she said.

In her role as attorney general, Wilson-Raybould served as the government's top lawyer and the chief law officer of the Crown — nominally representing the government in all of its prosecutions.

Her comment came after Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called for an emergency meeting of the House of Commons justice committee to question high-ranking officials about the matter.

Scheer also suggested Friday morning that his party is looking at pursuing unspecified "legal avenues" if the governing Liberals "continue to cover this up."

The Globe and Mail reported Thursday that Wilson-Raybould was shuffled from her portfolio after she refused to ask federal prosecutors to make a plea bargain deal with Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin.

The newspaper, citing anonymous sources, said Trudeau's office tried to press Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the prosecution of SNC Lavalin.

The Montreal-based company has been charged with fraud and corruption in connection with payments of nearly $48 million to public officials in Libya under Moammar Gadhafi's government, and allegations it defrauded Libyan organizations of an estimated $130 million.

The company is contesting the case and has pleaded not guilty. The case is at the preliminary hearing stage.

If convicted, the company could be blocked from competing for federal government contracts for a decade.

Trudeau calls allegations 'false'

On Thursday, Trudeau denied that he or his staff "directed" Wilson-Raybould to intervene. At one point, in reply to a journalist's question, Trudeau said in French that he never "asked" her to make any decisions in the case.

"The allegations in the Globe story this morning are false," Trudeau said. "Neither the current nor the previous attorney general was ever directed by me, or by anyone in my office, to take a decision in this matter."

The Conservative and New Democrat MPs on the House of Commons standing committee on justice and human rights want to meet and demand a session to question members of the PMO and other officials about the allegations, according to Scheer.

They say they want to question the following officials:

  • Wilson-Raybould (former justice minister, now veterans affairs minister).
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General David Lametti.
  • Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick.
  • Director of Public Prosecutions Kathleen Roussel.
  • Chief of staff to the prime minister Katie Telford.
  • Principal secretary to the prime minister Gerald Butts.
  • Senior adviser to the prime minister Mathieu Bouchard.
  • Senior adviser to the prime minister Elder Marques.
  • Chief of staff to the minister of Veterans Affairs Jessica Prince.

"If the prime minister has nothing to hide, as he has suggested, then he should have no reason to fear these individuals appearing before the justice committee," Scheer told reporters Friday morning.

In an interview with CBC Radio's The House, Lametti said that if the justice committee proceeds with such a study, he would agree to appear.

"I would appear before the committee. Of course I would," he said.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is also calling for an ethics investigation into the allegations.

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10 hours ago, Jaydee said:

Wilson-Raybould could have backed up the PMO’s story on Thursday, but she declined to comment

as was aid on the CBC Power Panel last night

'If you are innocent you are not likely to reply "No Comment"'

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Or if the NDP/Libs form government, and the dippers start pushing the Leap Manifesto. The Libs would have to endorse it to cling to power......scary and dangerous.

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6 hours ago, Fido said:

as was aid on the CBC Power Panel last night

'If you are innocent you are not likely to reply "No Comment"'

I was speaking with a acquaintance who is a Justice Department lawyer.  I stated that I was disappointed that Jody Wilson-Raybould did not resign over this mess and then spill the beans, but they convinced me that she is doing a far better job by 'leaking' the information.  Resigning would not release her from the cabinet secrecy oath but by remaining in cabinet she is a thorn in the side of Gerald Butts. 

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