Jody Wilson-Raybould

The good news is that Ontario is running out of problems to solve. We can turn our attention to the province’s license plate slogan. For about 37 years now, Ontario has been ours to discover. It was, in 1982, an ironic choice of a slogan. Our license plates were telling us to keep Ontario  beautiful. Then the Great Lakes Paper Products Company was caught killing people in Grassy Narrows First Nation by dumping Mercury into northern rivers. We were also learning that Dow Chemical was dumping waste into the St. Clair River. The Sarnia Blob showed us the government wasn’t having much luck keeping OntarioRead More →

The summer is coming along slowly. Baseball season is only three days old and already the Blue Jays have won 66.666 per cent of their games. Over in England Theresa May lost a third attempt to get her disastrous Brexit deal approved. She might go for a fourth try soon. The margins of defeat keep getting smaller, convincing her that even if it takes another dozen votes she’s bound to win sooner or later. In Ottawa, Jody Wilson-Raybould unloaded the rest of her evidence implicating the Prime Minister in an attempt to subvert the judicial process. The SNC-Lavalin affair has settled comfortably into a backRead More →

Happy International Women’s Day, friends, readers and subscribers. Over the past month we’ve seen how two strong and determined women can shake up the government. It’s been a treat to watch how Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, and Jane Philpott, the former Treasury Board President, broke open a can of worms that grabbed the attention of the Prime Minister, his principal secretary, and the highest-ranking civil servant in the land. Good for them. It’s not often we get to look behind the curtain and see how government really works. Justin Trudeau didn’t do himself any favours in his press conference yesterdayRead More →

A couple of thoughts on the ethical and moral crisis that has gripped the federal government. I watched a lot of today’s testimony by Gerald Butts, Michael Wernick and Nathalie Drouin. As Clerk of the Privy Council, Wernick is the highest-ranking member of the civil service. He is, in effect, the Deputy Prime Minister. Drouin is the Deputy Minister of Justice. Butts was Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary when the SNC-Lavalin scandal was incubating. My first thought was that Wernick was pugnacious and, from my perspective, offensive. He said over and over again that the decision about granting a deferred prosecution arrangement to the company isRead More →