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On the Record: Jody Wilson-Raybould’s Devastating Testimony on the SNC-Lavalin Scandal
Trudeau tried to pressure justice minister to cut deal to let corporation avoid bribery prosecution, she says.
- Please also see this: from the Council of Canadians:
Trudeau breaks more election promises with Trans Mountain pipeline project
Last week, the National Energy Board (NEB) issued its reconsideration report on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX) project, saying it will have significant “adverse environmental effects” on orcas and Indigenous culture, cause significant climate pollution, and result in significant damage in the event of a worst-case oil spill. Despite these findings, the NEB recommended approval of the project, which the Trudeau government is using public money to pay for. The report also recommended 16 conditions to better protect marine life.
A few days before announcing this decision, the NEB also rejected a motion supported by environmental groups, First Nations, municipal governments, and community groups to include a review of climate impacts in its review of TMX as it did for the Energy East pipeline in 2017.
“Prime Minister Trudeau knows that if his government allows a climate review on TMX, the pipeline will be rejected. And this is a big conflict of interest because his government owns the project now. It’s clear he cares more about being a good pipeline CEO than being a good climate leader,” said Council of Canadians Climate Justice Campaigner Bronwen Tucker following the release of the NEB decision.
These decisions break Prime Minister Trudeau’s election promises to give all energy projects a full climate review, ensure projects respect Indigenous rights, and to specifically redo the TMX assessment from scratch.
“Trudeau can stop building pipelines the easy way or the hard way. The easy way is to stop bailing out pipelines and take real climate action that reflects the urgency of the climate crisis,” said Tucker. “The hard way is going back to court, facing a wall of opposition on the ground, and still losing because communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast know it’s time for a just transition to a fossil fuel-free future. We have the solutions, it’s time to start funding them instead of doubling down on an economy that’s going extinct.”
Read Bronwen Tucker’s blog about the NEB decision.
- This article, “Hope in Wilson-Raybould’s Boldness“, paints a rosey picture of how Canadian institutions — the press and the Justice Committee — came through big time. I cannot be so positive, but cannot deny the writer’s point either..↩
- This is classic scapegoating theory. Please see on this René Girard.↩
- In relation to this, Philip Zimbardo argues in The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil,
Any deed that any human being has ever committed, however horrible, is possible for any of us — under the right or wrong situational circumstances (p. 211).
- See chapter 2 of Dispersing the Fog for more on this investigation that, after the deal struck by Zaccardelli and Chrétien, resulted in The Sidewinder file [evaporating] into the mists, and was never again pursued… (p. 17).↩
- With news of another Minister resigning, Jane Philpott, this article, “Trudeau’s Resignation Is the Liberal Party’s Only Hope“, ends with:
Trudeau, like his father, needs to take a walk in the snow some night this week, and then step aside. He has one chance to save the Liberal party, by putting it in the hands of the women who stood their ground. ↩
- Clerk Michael Werner made the following absurd claim — rebuttal following — see here, and further below where he is outed:
“I’ve worked very, very closely, for three years, on almost a daily basis with the current government, the current cabinet and the current Prime Minister’s Office,” Wernick said. “In my observation, in my experience, they have always, always conducted themselves to the highest standards of integrity.”
Whoa, sunshine, back up just a bit there.
Justin Trudeau is the first and only prime minister in our history to have been found to have broken a federal law while in office and that law was an ethics law. How’s that for “highest standards of integrity”?
Moreover, the current ethics investigation into this whole Wilson-Raybould matter is the fifth ethics investigation of a Trudeau cabinet member since 2015. Now this fifth investigation may come to nothing, but, so far, the office of the ethics commissioner is four-for-four in finding ethics violations.