- 139 (1) Every one who wilfully attempts in any manner to obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice in a judicial proceeding.
If you’re still defending the actions of Justin Trudeau, please continue to read.
The Prime Minister fired Jody Wilson-Raybould, because she wouldn’t bow to his wishes to use her power as Canada’s Attorney General to politically interfere in a criminal trial.
“[Trudeau] is going to get it done one way or another…”
Those were the words of Michael Wernick, the former Clerk of the Privy Council, when describing Justin Trudeau’s “mood”.
Now we know exactly how far he was willing to go. He cleared the deck and removed the one person that stood in his way.
Anyone pretending the Prime Minister didn’t fire Wilson-Raybould for this exact reason is fooling themselves.
And for anyone who supports his decision to fire an Attorney General for these reasons should set aside their political allegiances and have a sober second thought.
Step back and look at this without thinking about the outcome of the upcoming election. Forget for one moment how much you either like or dislike the Prime Minister or the Liberal government.
Or for those who have a difficulty in doing so, let’s just play devil’s advocate and say it was Stephen Harper who did the exact same thing. Would they defend him under the exact same circumstances? I think not.
For those Liberal MPs defending their Prime Minister’s actions, regardless of how righteous you think his motives were, they are either too drunk on partisan Kool-Aid or see no problem with the Prime Minister personally implicating himself in a criminal trial.
What makes this even more scandalous, as Jody Wilson-Raybould said to Michael Wernick, Cabinet agreed deferred prosecution agreements are under the purview of the Public Prosecutor. Full stop. No ambiguity there.
In layman’s terms this meant the decision is solely up to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, which is our independent and accountable prosecuting authority – not Justin Trudeau, not Gerry Butts and not the Liberal Party of Canada.
The Public Prosecutor looked at all the evidence piled up against SNC-Lavalin and said nope, not gonna happen.
Justin Trudeau didn’t like that answer and nothing was going to stop him in his quest to politically interfere and override the Public Prosecutor’s decision to not give SNC-Lavalin the deferred prosecution agreement they so desperately wanted.
If this scandal gets shoved under the rug, the precedent it sets for future firings of Attorney Generals is not a legacy we want to leave. Would this now be a guide for how a Prime Minister can trample on the independence of our justice system?
I think not. It is a mockery of the rule of law and I will not stand for it.
Wilson-Raybould may have said the inappropriate political pressure applied on her up until she was fired did not cross the line of illegality, however, did the act of firing her because she refused to interfere with an ongoing criminal court case, constitute as obstruction of justice by the Prime Minister?
I think that is a question worth asking.
This only leads to other questions: Is this why they are smearing Jody Wilson-Raybould to build their case for why she needed to be moved?
Why did they go to extraordinary measures, such as leaking highly confidential information on the selection of a Supreme Court Justice?
Why make up such a cockamamy story about Michael Wernick never briefing Justin Trudeau after his phone call?
Maybe they need some breathing room just in case someone starts asking those tough questions.
I think there is a sufficient case to be made that Justin Trudeau fired her for no other reason than the most obvious one that is staring us in the face. The evidence tabled Friday leaves no doubt what transpired.
While some diehard Liberal partisans are finding some form of twisted solace in all the leaks and orchestrated smears being thrown at Wilson-Raybould, they will only jump in joy when her former colleagues kick her out of the Liberal caucus this Wednesday.
This is the price you pay for standing up for the rule of law in Trudeau’s Liberal Party.
This is how far they are willing to go to protect their own jobs in the coming months when Canadians get to decide their fate.
Is this the end of Wilson-Raynould’s political career?
Who knows, but at least she can sleep at night.
I don’t know if you can say the same of those who have conveniently checked their conscience when it mattered most.