Kevin Soren­son Re­ports

The Drumheller Mail - - News - Kevin Soren­son M.P. Bat­tle River-Crow­foot Con­stituency

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.”

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