Our Nincompoop PM In Action

The PM needs to realize the SNC-Lavalin scandal isn't going anywhere—not with two former ministers who refuse to play by the old rules.
The PM needs to realize the SNC-Lavalin scandal isn’t going anywhere—not with two former ministers who refuse to play by the old rules.

Andrew MacDougall is a London (U.K.) based columnist, commentator and consultant. He was formerly Director of Communications to Stephen Harper. 

As a rule of thumb, a “shut down” strategy only works if you’re actually in control of the things you need to shut down.

A House of Commons justice committee stacked with a majority of your party members? Eminently shut-downable. An office full of your loyal employees? Equally sealable. A wayward clerk of the Privy Council? With a gentle shove you can even send one of them on his way.

But Justin Trudeau isn’t in control of all of the things he needs to shut down in the SNC-Lavalin scandal. That’s his problem. You can’t shout “nothing to see here” when the chorus is free to pop up behind you and shout “look over here” at the top of their lungs.

That’s what the opposition has chosen to do, literally in this case, as they screamed their way through Bill Morneau’s budget speech. Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives are also using every trick in the Parliamentary procedure rule book to protest the justice committee’s decision to end its ‘investigation’ into SNC, including forcing a standing vote on each line item in the budget.

It might not be elegant, but it’s keeping people from talking about the thing (i.e. the budget) Trudeau hoped would change the channel from Jody Wilson-Raybould and her pesky insistence on the rule of law.


See Also:

(1) Anne McLellan’s appointment: one more bumbling bid to bury the SNC-Lavalin affair

(2) Farewell, Liberal balanced budget promise — we hardly knew ye

(3) Trudeau’s never-ending SNC-Lavalin headache

(4) Senate cuts Alberta out of tanker ban hearings in ‘unprecedented stampede of stupid’

(5) Fixing federal payroll IT system could almost double its cost, says memo

(6) Will RCMP pick up ball dropped by injustice committee?

(7) Justin Trudeau leaves trail of broken promises

(8) Trudeau can’t give a straight answer on Lavscam

(9) Trudeau a Threat to Liberal Chances, Must Go: Martyn Brown

(10) Trudeau needs to get this mutiny under control

Watch (Reference from a comment in link 10 and possibly in Trudeau’s future):

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Don Deacon
Don Deacon

Correct me if I’m wrong but from what I read, or perhaps misread, my understanding is that only our esteemed P.M. can authorize the release of more information re SNC-Lavalin.

If this is the case do we not have some way to get this out in the open without his permission as it would appear that it is being with held under the auspices of cabinet secrecy.?