National Newswatch

Why fight criminal charges in court when you can lobby?

Mar 8 2019 — Andrew Coyne — At last the Liberal government has that outside legal opinion it was seeking. A federal court judge has ruled the director of public prosecutions’ decision to bring SNC-Lavalin to trial on charges of fraud and corruption, rather than to negotiate a “remediation agreement” as the company preferred, was a proper exercise of her prosecutorial discretion.

Trudeau reveals his poor grasp of the justice system

Mar 7 2019 — Christie Blatchford — A month to the day that the scandal first broke, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has managed the improbable — both confirming key details of the deposed attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony (i.e., she was telling the truth) and revealing his own shallow grasp of what constitutes improper interference with the justice system and its highest […]

Butts still doesn’t understand why Canadians are so appalled

Mar 6 2019 — Marni Soupcoff — Well, wasn’t that kind of Gerald Butts? In his testimony on SNC-Lavalin before the House of Commons justice committee Wednesday, the prime minister’s former principal secretary made it clear that he didn’t want to call anyone names. He had a completely different take from Jody Wilson-Raybould on much of what was said and what had […]

So who is ‘misremembering’ — Butts or Wilson-Raybould?

Mar 6 2019 — Colby Cosh — On Wednesday, in testifying about the SNC-Lavalin scandal that has punched a hole in Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, Gerald Butts left an impression of sincerity, or at least earnestness, and professed the best of intentions as Trudeau’s exiled principal secretary. Do you suppose it will help? The Liberal government’s SNC situation clearly has a traplike nature. […]

Could the Liberal caucus turf Justin Trudeau, if they wanted to? Maybe, but not easily

Mar 5 2019 — Maura Forrest — Since Jane Philpott’s resignation from cabinet on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s remaining ministers have rallied around him, declaring he still has their support. Many backbench MPs have also said they still have faith in the prime minister, despite the fallout from the SNC-Lavalin controversy. Still, there are some rumblings of uncertainty. On Tuesday morning, […]

SNC-Lavalin: Did Justin Trudeau break the law?

Mar 5 2019 — Tristin Hopper — It’s increasingly clear that Canada isn’t particularly happy with Justin Trudeau for allegedly trying to interfere with the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. As Jane Philpott said upon her resignation from cabinet on Monday, “the solemn principles at stake are the independence and integrity of our justice system.”

Women were invited to Trudeau’s cabinet table, but expected to play by old boys’ rules

Mar 4 2019 — Christie Blatchford — Does Justin Trudeau have a problem with women? That’s one of what I see as three possible explanations for the bombshell announcement Monday from Jane Philpott, the ethical pushback from Jody Wilson-Raybould over SNC-Lavalin and the recent decision of the formidable Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes not to run in the next election. Either the PM […]

By resigning, Jane Philpott teaches Trudeau what doing politics differently really means

Mar 4 2019 — John Ivison — Jane Philpott just gave Justin Trudeau a lesson in doing politics differently. Resigning from cabinet on a matter of principle is so old-fashioned it evokes images of monocles, pocket watches and top hats. For many career politicians, their occupation is a substitute for a private life. They have accomplished little beyond politics and cannot contemplate […]

The real Trudeau emerges at last

Mar 4 2019 — Kelly McParland — Of all the words written or spoken about the crisis devouring the Trudeau government, perhaps the most enlightening were the foolish remarks offered by Jati Sidhu, a Liberal member from British Columbia. “The way she’s acting, I think she couldn’t handle the stress,” he opined in the wake of Jody Wilson-Raybould’s astonishing testimony. “I think […]