It’s surely the question on the lips of all those “Canadians” politicians keep mentioning with such transparently insincere fondness, us normal ones who aren’t up to our eyebrows in politics or indentured since birth to one particular party and whose political allegiances are rather more flexible.
It is this.
For God’s sakes, why are those other people — the muscled-out and muzzled Jody Wilson-Raybould, the booted and betrayed Jane Philpott, the deeply confused members of Philpott’s riding association in Markham-Stouffville, Ont., — all still proclaiming themselves to be proud Liberals?
According to CBC News, 10 of 16 association board members in Philpott’s riding resigned after a meeting Monday night.
I attempted to confirm the mass resignation with Stuart Young, still as of Tuesday listed online as the chair of the Markham-Stouffville Federal Liberal Association. But, asked for a few minutes of his time, he replied, “Thank you, but no.”
Thus, we are left with the remarks of the outgoing secretary, one Leea Nutson, to the mother corp.
The resignations, said Nutson, weren’t meant as a “protest” against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, heaven’s no.
Rather, she said, the board members, all volunteers, are disheartened; they “don’t have the energy to support another candidate.”
And, Nutson said, she didn’t resign because of the SNC-Lavalin controversy. (What was that business anyway? Was there a controversy?) Rather, she said, “it’s strictly about Jane Philpott,” whom she has supported since 2015.
And, of course, Nutson told the CBC, she still plans to vote for Trudeau and the Liberals in the October election.
Ditto, of course, JWR and Philpott herself.
From the moment Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet — because of the political pressure being applied to her by the PM, the PMO, the clerk of the Privy Council and anyone else they could draft in to give SNC-Lavalin a deal so the company could avoid prosecution on bribery and fraud charges for its alleged conduct in Libya — she announced her intentions to remain a Liberal, insisting she still “fundamentally” believed Trudeau shares her vision for the country and that she supports the Liberal platform.