Aided and abetted by newer news (the terrible crash of the Ethiopian jet), the fact that the collective attention span is that of an agitated toddler and the Liberal majority on the Commons justice committee, it may well be that LavScan or LavScam, as the SNC-Lavalin imbroglio has come to be called — You see? We can’t even settle on a proper handle — will soon disappear entirely from the Canadian consciousness.
On Wednesday, Liberal MP Francis Drouin took non-Liberal members of the committee by surprise — the opposition had called the emergency session to discuss getting deposed attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould back as a witness and MPs had just started making arguments — when he abruptly moved to adjourn the meeting and the sheep duly followed.
To opposition shouts of “This is disgusting!” and “Coverup!”, the Liberal members bravely slipped out back doors.
PM Justin Trudeau himself was either in Florida, or heading back to Florida, or heading home again from Florida: For a while there, he was in and out like a sailor on shore leave. He appears to treat that state like he treats question period: It’s there for his convenience.
The committee’s next meeting, slated for next Tuesday, is expected to be held behind closed doors, and it certainly appears the majority will again reject the need to hear again from the former AG.