Trudeau tries to weasel his way out of SNC scandal

The only question for Canadians is whether the prime minister of Canada possesses a toddler’s sense of propriety

Trudeau tries to weasel his way out of SNC scandalCanada’s prime minister and penitent-in-chief issued another mea culpa the other day when he accepted “full responsibility” for breaking the nation’s Conflict of Interest Act. But did he actually apologize? In a report released last week, Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion said Justin Trudeau “directly and through his senior officials, used various means to exert influence…

Scheer shows his mettle by confronting Trudeau

Conservative leader has made it clear that he intends to hold the prime minister accountable for his actions related to SNC-Lavalin on the campaign trail

Scheer shows his mettle by confronting TrudeauMy wife and I are staying at a bed-and-breakfast called the Perth Manor Boutique Hotel in Perth, Ont. It was constructed as a large private residence in 1878 by lawyer/mercantilist J.T. Henderson for £12,000, or roughly $409,000 in today’s currency. The residence, which has maintained its 19th-century beauty and charm, is a nostalgic trip back…

Liberals swept Norman under the rug well before election

If not for government venality and incompetence, the vice-admiral would still be at his post, doing his job

Liberals swept Norman under the rug well before electionCanada has often punched above its weight in military matters. Our contributions to both the First and Second World Wars were out of all proportion to our small population. Canada sent its best troops and the bravery exhibited by these fine souls was crucial to victory. Our troops and the competence our military leaders are…

Canada falling behind on corporate accountability

Trudeau government’s global reputation at risk over how Canadian companies do business abroad

Canada falling behind on corporate accountabilityEarlier this year, Canadians were given a behind-the-scenes view on attempts by the federal government to ensure that SNC-Lavalin would escape potential criminal liability under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. What may be less clear is that the government’s stance in this case is reflective of its broader approach to corporate accountability. The…

Trudeau’s sunny ways are turning into dark days

Will the Norman affair have more political impact than SNC-Lavalin when voters head to the polls this fall?

What will be the bigger political scandal involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government? SNC-Lavalin is well out in front, but the Norman affair is slowly starting to catch up. It all begins with a $668-million deal signed by former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper with the Quebec-based shipbuilding company Chantier Davie Canada…

Corporate corruption spreads its wings around the world

Even in our law-abiding, transparent country, graft happens. In some countries, it’s the cost of doing business

Corporate corruption spreads its wings around the worldFederal politics are transfixed by apparent managerial indiscretion yet again. SNC-Lavalin – whose officials have been found guilty of corruption in the past – faces criminal prosecution with consequences that could cripple it if found guilty. The company would face a ban on federal contracts for years, and such a ban could be honoured by…

SNC-Lavalin reminds us that big government invites big scandals

If we want fewer scandals, we must scale back government to limit the temptation to indulge in scandalous behaviour

SNC-Lavalin reminds us that big government invites big scandalsThe SNC-Lavalin scandal, which continues to dominate headlines across Canada, has many moving parts. It’s hard to disentangle everything so as to assign blame. But the situation provides an important lesson that seemingly many have forgot: big government invites big scandals. Political power can be misused for personal gain. It can be wielded in ways…

SNC-Lavalin affair strikes at the heart of legal integrity

Democracy can’t survive when equality before the law becomes a cynical joke

SNC-Lavalin affair strikes at the heart of legal integrityAndrew Scheer contributed significantly to Canadian political life by saying recently that the SNC-Lavalin affair isn’t just about choosing between Justin Trudeau and Scheer. The Conservative leader did further good by making clear that the SNC-Lavalin mess isn’t even just about an abstraction called the rule of law. It is, he spelled out for those…

Trudeau should lift the gag order on Wilson-Raybould

Failing to do so creates the horrible image of a government unwilling to get to the bottom of an important controversy

Trudeau should lift the gag order on Wilson-RaybouldThe House of Commons justice committee heard the testimonies of former principal secretary Gerald Butts, Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick and deputy justice minister Nathalie Drouin last week. They provided different accounts to what former Justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould told the committee about allegedly being pressured by the prime minister’s office to…

Trudeau taking Canada down the road to authoritarianism

A democracy should respect the rule of law and the rights, values and tax dollars of its citizens

Trudeau taking Canada down the road to authoritarianismChina’s dictatorship, once the apparent favourite of Canada’s prime minister, has become his biggest problem. When Justin Trudeau first visited China as prime minister, the Chinese lauded him as the “Little Potato” (with his late father Pierre being the big one). The name may be apt. A young potato has no eyes. Now that a…