, 03.21.2019 08:43 PM

Violate the law – because it’s 2019! (updated)

Hate to sound like a guy who teaches at a law school and all that, but I am and I do.  And so, Judy Sgro, John McKay, Susan Delacourt and Trudeau patronage recipient Bob Rae et al.: stay in your lane, please.  Violating a cabinet oath is a serious offence.  Violating solicitor-client privilege will get a lawyer disbarred, too.

Get with it, folks.  Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott have both said they want to talk, and they have things to say.

Justin Trudeau, our Feminist-in-Chief, just won’t let them.

UPDATE: My smart lawyer friend Ed Prutschi suggests Sgro, McKay, Rae et al. may be counselling an indictable offence, here.

21 Comments

  1. David Gibson says:

    The new party line “They can speak in the House under Parliamentary Privilege” is nonsense. They now wish to cast Jody and Jane as cowards for *not* breaking the law. Gaslighting at its finest.

    • Walter says:

      The question is – what is the punishment for breaking your cabinet oath. Up until now, Trudeau has broken many of the ethics rules, where the fines were not high.
      It would suspect that cabinet confidence is the same thing – no actual harsh penalties, but one would be viewed as unethical. Not the image anyone would want – except for Trudeau, who doesn’t seem to mind if he’s viewed that way, as long as his hair looks good.

  2. whyshouldIsellyourwheat says:

    The diversionary tactic of Trudeau and his henchpeople is to bloviate BS.

    Bad mouth and demean them with a whisper campaign behind their backs. Yep. Tell only part of the story. Yep.

  3. Cory Arsenault says:

    Can Trudeau prosecute them in the house while at the same time claiming what they said wasn’t true?

  4. Sean says:

    You can add Sheila, the octopus eater, to that group.

  5. Might I suggest a title for Justin’s autobio?

    How’s about: One Step Forward, Assuredly Two Steps Back.

  6. Steve T says:

    They had a lawyer on CBC last night, and he was echoing what some folks have written above. Soliciter-client privilege; definitely a big deal. Cabinet “confidence” on other hand; meh. Who’s gonna get mad at them? PMO? That ship has already sailed.

  7. Montréalaise says:

    If Justin Trudeau won’t allow JWR and JP to testify, so be it. It only reinforces the strong suspicion that a) he has something to hide and b) whatever he’s hiding must be really, really bad.

  8. People who break cabinet confidentiality could be changed with Breach of Trust, like Matthew Matchett and Vice-Admiral Mark Norman have been. https://mdlo.ca/uncategorized/cabinet-confidences-whats-that/

  9. J.H. says:

    Saw Chantal echoing the Star’s party line on At Issue last night and Raj echoing it. Markusoff just sat there like a eunuch. Don’t ever think I saw Hebert so twitchy as she tried to bend herself all out of shape defending Jr. Raj of course already has one adoring biography of Trudeau under her belt, so no surprise there. I’m guessing Barton didn’t dare bring Coyne to the table for this one, as he’d destroy them all with his take on the BS. They really must think Canadians are stupid and don’t realize we see right through the Sgro/Delacourt crap. Besides the legal implications, I minute in the H of C, if the Liberal whip even gave them a time allotment, is not enough to tell this story completely. Call in the RCMP. There’s obviously something to hide.

    • J.H.,

      And they say miracles never happen. Didn’t think you, of all people, would ever have any time for anything Mothercorp. LOL.

      • J.H. says:

        Started watching At Issue since this blew up. Enjoy seeing so -called unbiased journos like Barton et al, rushing to Trudeau & Libs defence. Think Chantal had more tics than ever before, during her efforts to deflect last night and as WK says, maybe even counselling to break the law? Same goes for Rae, Delacourt and Sgro. She especially should be careful, already had one brush with H of C ethics issues.

  10. Richard Marot says:

    Seeing as their is no reasonable expectation that Trudeau will lift solicitor-client privilege for JWR and cabinet confidentiality for both her and Dr Philpott does a public inquiry have the power to compel anyone involved in the matter to speak regardless of the wishes of PM Virtue Signal?

    Is there any means to force a public inquiry when the current govt refuses to call one?

    Let’s be honest here, this govt’s behavior in the VAdm Norman prosecution, in which the defense have signaled the intention of filing a motion to dismiss for being politically motivated, is just as serious and egregious an attack on the integrity of our justice system and reinforces a pattern of reprehensible behavior by this govt.

    The behavior of govt officials to date in the hearings on evidence disclosure have been highly reminiscent of organized crime trials, no one can remember anything let alone key events and surprise, surprise, no one took any notes! (this in a country where govt LOVES to generate paper trails!

    As the saying goes “the fish rots from the head down” and this fish is particularly putrid.

  11. It’s my understanding that JWR is not currently a BC Law Society member. Don’t know if she is current with other provincial or territorial bars.

    But that is neither here nor there — as Warren said. Only the PMO can lift SCP completely and it has to be done expressly in writing. Otherwise, JWR remains boxed in professionally, period.

  12. Nick says:

    The lengths that the PMO and followers are going to to silence and discredit JWR and JP is clearly a sign of how ugly the hidden truth must be! Otherwise why put so much energy into it? This is clearly where the public’s focus should be. Not so ironically the greater the effort to coverup the stronger the spotlight becomes. So damned if you don’t and even more damned if you do! Time to give it up.

    • Walter says:

      So true.
      1st glance Trudeau violated law to protect jobs in Quebec (even though he didn’t care about jobs in rest of Canada.
      2nd, Trudeau violated law for Quebec votes.
      3rd, Trudeau violated law for continued donations from SNC executives.
      4th, Trudeau violated law to hide criminality of himself and Liberals in some sort kick-back scheme from previously – that they desperately don’t want to be revealed in open court.

      The more Trudeau tries to silence the women and other participants, the more I believe it’s on the worse end of the list.

  13. Nick says:

    The other irony is that the longer JWR and JP remain under gag order the stronger the thirst becomes for the truth by the Canadian public!
    It’ll be interesting to see how this building tension will reach resolution.

  14. Chris says:

    I am no lawyer but it seems to me Warren is right on this. I mean, ALL cabinet members sit in Parliament. What would be the point of having them take a cabinet oath, if that oath were freely violable in because those who took it sit in Parliament?

  15. Nick says:

    To use a medical metaphor it appears JWR, JP and CCC are a few who are immunized by the vaccine of truth and integrity to withstand the toxic viral load of fear and self interest infecting the LPC. I wonder if there are any others? Time will tell.

  16. Bill says:

    So many insist not letting them speak proves jt has a lot to hide. Not necessarily so: just the fact of j and j keeping the issue alive is deemed to exact irreparable damage to re-election.

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