Columnist Andrew Coyne, speaking of the Liberal caucus which summarily booted out those they consider to be not sycophantic enough:
“…When wrongdoing by those high in government is alleged by a pair of whistleblowers, their first thought is to root out the whistleblowers.”
— Andrew Coyne, National Post, April 3, 2019.
“Even when presented with incontrovertible evidence, in the form of an audio recording, that the clerk of the privy council, Michael Wernick, threatened the former attorney general with dismissal if she did not bend to the PM’s will, and that she repeatedly and explicitly protested against this “political interference” — on both points contrary to his testimony before a parliamentary committee — the prime minister and his camp followers profess themselves outraged, not at what the tape reveals, but that it exists.”
And another bonus:
“Only a leader surrounded by sycophants could have imagined that the past seven weeks of denial, deflection and smears could succeed in rescuing his reputation.
“Or perhaps that is not the point. It is often said that the coverup is worse than the crime. Worse than a coverup, however, is the kind of open attempt to confuse the issue we have been witnessing. Since his initial, lawyerly non-denial, the prime minister has not much bothered to pretend he did not do what he is accused of — he merely insists there was nothing wrong with it. The object: to corrupt, not just the administration of justice, but our collective sense of right and wrong.”
Nice wordcraft, and moreover, it has a rarely-found-in-North-American-media truthiness to it.
ON THE FLIPSIDE…
…there’s this nonsense — pure idiocy, really — in the Globe & Mail from some political consultant named Andrew MacDougall: Trudeau channels Trump as he ejects Wilson-Raybould and Philpott from caucus. MacDougall strains and digs and reaches so hard that apparently his arm popped right off and then his head exploded as he tries to make the case — and he fails miserably — that Trudeau is acting like Trump, somehow, in this SNC-Lavalin scandal. You know, because Trudeau fired people, just like Trump fired people. See, “you’re fired,” means, if I understand correctly, that me and most every other person on earth who has fired somebody is “channeling Trump” too. Total garbage.
Not to be outdone, the Vancouver Sun prints this garbage today:
Expelled by the Liberals, Wilson-Raybould could be courted by other parties. It’s not so much that Jody Wilson-Raybould would never, ever go to the Conservatives on account of the fact that she’s the most liberal woman in Canada, a principled one at that, and more liberal than any Liberal; it’s the frustrating fact — yes fact — that the Conservatives could actually go ahead and court her — an obvious liberal — making complete asses of themselves and their supposed principles again (see their support of supply management, etc., for more on that). She’s a liberals’ liberal. She literally spits red. And yet the Conservatives could conceivably be seen to court her. The Conservatives are just that dumb sometimes. So maybe it’s not a total garbage article.
But then, as if to turn this near-garbage article into a real committee effort, lefty-style, the article is by-lined by a team of no less than three journalists, David Carrigg, Randy Shore & Matt Robinson; but even at that they didn’t have enough material on their own to conjure-up this nonsense, so also “with files from Mike Smyth.” Go team. I think there’s enough material provided by the Liberals for each of the four of you to write-up one each.