MP’s pri­or­i­ties ques­tioned in light of SNC- Lavalin scan­dal

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Edi­tor, Quite the MP! You know you are in trou­ble when the lo­cal MP man­ages to pretty much dis­ap­pear ex­cept for a ra­dio in­ter­view that in­volves him try­ing to jus­tify hid­ing the Trudeau/SNC-Lavalin scan­dal.

Rookie (Glen­garry-Prescott-Rus­sell) MP Fran­cis Drouin, rode in on the coat-tails of (Prime Min­is­ter Justin) Trudeau, but I had hoped that he would rep­re­sent his rid­ing.

In­stead he fully sup­ported the new free trade agree­ment, even though it sold out lo­cal farm­ers.

He has done noth­ing to tell Trudeau to tone down his on­go­ing at­tacks on law-abid­ing sports­men and hun­ters. It is not sur­pris­ing that the most re­cent in­car­na­tion of the de facto gun reg­istry (bill C-71) had his full sup­port.

You would al­most think that all he was an echo of the PMO – ex­cept he does not say any­thing.

I un­der­stand that rookie MPs need to demon­strate loy­alty to the prime min­is­ter, and cer­tainly for some­one like Mr. Drouin who had that un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent in the Mar­itime bar dur­ing a party con­ven­tion, loy­alty is likely crit­i­cal.

How­ever, Mr. Drouin’s be­hav­iour dur­ing the SNC-Lavalin scan­dal is shock­ing. We are only now see­ing the depth of the con­nec­tions be­tween this Que­bec com­pany, with a his­tory of bribery, and the Lib­eral party. Af­ter all, how many com­pa­nies can get a law passed just for them and then have the govern­ment hide it on page 202, in a 400-page fi­nance bill?

To­day, af­ter Mr. Drouin closed down a sec­ond chance to hear from Ms. Wil­son-Ray­bould, his com­ment to CBC Ra­dio's Ot­tawa Morn­ing was that “I think I've heard enough.” But have Cana­di­ans? I can un­der­stand why Mr. Drouin be­lieves the mat­ter does not merit a pub­lic in­de­pen­dent in­quiry – when you are try­ing to hide things, shin­ing a light on them does not help.

If Mr. Drouin wants to party at bars dur­ing Lib­eral con­ven­tions, that is fine with me. If he de­cides that the party is more im­por­tant than farm­ers and sports­men, that is dis­ap­point­ing but it is not dif­fer­ent than what Mr. (Don) Boudria did.

How­ever, when in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the OECD (which banned SNC-Lavalin for 10 years) puts Canada on no­tice that they are watch­ing the SNC-Lavalin scan­dal, it is per­haps time that the lo­cal MP acted like a Cana­dian and not a Lib­eral.

Does Mr. Drouin be­lieve this com­pany de­serves spe­cial treat­ment? It is not about jobs, if it was, the pipe­lines out West would have been built by now. Mr. Drouin, it is about time that you acted like a Cana­dian. Dar­rell Hartwick, North Lan­caster See More Let­ters, Page 7

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