Kevin Sorenson Reports
Sorry seems to be the hardest word.
Justin Trudeau has no problem extending apologies for a multitude of sins that were committed well before his time as Prime Minister. Sorry, however, seems to be the hardest word for him to say when it comes to his own offences or that of his office.
The Ethics Commissioner’s recent report into the corruption scandal that has rocked the Liberal government for months revealed that what took place between Justin Trudeau, SNC-Lavalin and the former Attorney General of Canada was far worse than anyone originally thought. Despite this finding; despite Trudeau’s election promise in 2015 to be ethical and accountable; and despite his initial assertion that the original story about this sordid affair was false, the Prime Minister refuses to say sorry.
In the wake of the Ethics Commissioner’s findings, Trudeau finally did accept responsibility for his office’s interference in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin but that acceptance did not come with an apology. This has caused many reporters and political commentators to question, and rightfully so, why such a convoluted response? It has led many Canadians to question how they can support a Prime Minister who has so seemingly deceived them and broken the law.
In his report, the Ethics Commissioner stated “The Prime Minister, directly and through his senior officials, used various means to exert influence over Ms. WilsonRaybould. The authority of the Prime Minister and his office was to circumvent, undermine and ultimately attempt to discredit the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions as well as the authority of Ms. Wilson-Raybould as the Crown’s chief law officer.” As Conservative Leader, Andrew Scheer, wrote to the RCMP on August 19th, “On a plain reading of the language used by the Commissioner, Trudeau’s actions would fall within the contours of “obstructing, perverting or defeating the course of justice.” This is, as Scheer has now pointed out on two occasions to the RCMP, contrary to section 139 of the Criminal Code and thereby, warrants further investigation.
As our Conservative Leader also pointed out in his August letter, these actions “paint a disturbing picture of a Prime Minister who uses the power of his office to decide who gets prosecuted and who does not, based solely on his own partisan interests. The implications of this – on everything from the integrity of Canada’s highest political office, to the independence of our judicial system, to the very rule of law – cannot be overstated. The powerful and politically connected absolutely cannot be above the law.”