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