Not Lavscam per se. But something like it.
Something that had the same basic nuts and bolts to the story: Senior figures in the Trudeau government publicly pushing back against the PM, derailing his agenda and creating a crisis in confidence.
There are two big reasons for this and they’re two sides of the same coin. One is the people Trudeau chose to surround himself with and the other is the people he chose to leave out in the cold.
Say what you want about the PM, but he was able to get quite a few impressive people to quit their day jobs to run under the Liberal banner, which was at the time the downtrodden third party. They had a wealth of experience and credentials. Some of them were tapped for cabinet roles, some of them remain as backbenchers.
But maybe they were a little too brilliant. And the contrast with their lightweight leader was always tough to reconcile. Trudeau has never been accused of being highly credentialed, not even by his most ardent supporters.
“I worked with dozens of MPs in Ottawa, including [opposition] critics who were thoughtful, intelligent, engaged people with whom I had a constructive relationship. He wasn’t one of them,” Jason Kenney said last year. “[Trudeau] is a person that I worked with as a minister for three years who I got to know quite well as somebody who has difficulty with complex files.”
There was outrage at the time, and Kenney later apologized. But the outrage was about how this was an improper thing for one politician to say about another. Few people actually objected to the accuracy of Kenney’s statements.