EDITORIAL – Everybody should be happy with Wilson-Raybould firing

Wilson-Raybould listens to questions from Commons justice committee Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (Image: TV screenshot)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

NO MATTER WHAT YOUR POLITICS, you’ve got to be pleased Justin Trudeau booted Jody Wilson-Raybould out of the Liberal caucus.

If you’re a Liberal supporter, you’re happy the person who has been doing so much damage to the party and the prime minister is gone.

If you’re a Conservative or New Democrat, you’re happy to get more mileage out of this never-ending drama.

It’s a win-win.

But, really, what else could Trudeau do after Wilson-Raybould released an audio tape of a phone conversation she had with then-Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick. Though it revealed little new, the tape demonstrated a stupendous lack of propriety on Wilson-Raybould’s part.

How could she possibly think she could remain in the Liberal caucus after a stunt like that?


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7 Comments on EDITORIAL – Everybody should be happy with Wilson-Raybould firing

  1. Sean McGuinness // April 3, 2019 at 9:04 PM // Reply

    You’re right, of course this ouster wasn’t about JWR being a woman or a First Nations member. But this wasn’t about some tape either. This is about a PM trying to surgically remove the people who challenged him on the rule of justice, people who revealed a seedier side to Trudeaus’ business/politics dealings . For the most part, Trudeau and the liberal party have handled the scandal poorly, preferring to resort to political subterfuge rather than transparency . Now it’s purging elements of the party with any conscience left. How can this be construed as a win?

  2. And the latest…a message, perhaps an email where she indicated she was furious of her losing the justice portfolio. Then the Globe&Mail got involved…now I am furious too…but just a little😁
    A year from now…I am seriously worried.

  3. Bob Boonstra // April 3, 2019 at 11:31 AM // Reply

    … and just what comments do you have for zero funding announcement for Indigenous arts in the just-announced NAC 2019 budget? Coincidence?.. or pay back. Have it any way you want.

  4. And, as a world renowned historian observed, on the subject of Churchill’s WW II strategies, “Sometimes the truth is so important that it must be protected by a bodyguard of lies.” The ex Attorney general showed a
    shockingly naive view of Canadian history, Liberal Party philosophy, and organizational processes when she
    Insisted upon her “ rights” as a cabinet minister, to make decisions without the approval, and consent, of
    the Prime Minister who had appointed her to her position, to be served “….at the pleasure of the Prime Minister.”

    Babes in the woods often fall to unsuspected perils, but that’s why they should not go into dangerous territory without careful guidelines, or the mentoring of those who have greater experience, wisdom, or caution. Especially your boss. Consultation with one’s superiors and predecessors, while perhaps a bit ego-restraining, just might have some benefits. The whole mess could have been avoided by the constitutional separation
    of the roles of Minister of Justice (political policy) and Attorney General (legislative implementation).

    P. Graham, Kamloops

  5. Well, maybe, but how about the First Peoples, who the Liberals made such a central plank in their boat – are they happy? In any event, the tribe has spoken and they had no option but to pitch her from the inner sanctum. Never mind that the progressive boat is sinking in the water. As for Jane, once the knives start swinging they show little restraint. Blame it all on those two? I don’t think so. It all goes back to the PMO. This has been a shipwreck from the onset. Lot’s of what ifs in this sad story.

  6. John Noakes // April 3, 2019 at 8:07 AM // Reply

    Jody had the heart of the country by showing integrity during the initial stages of this whole mess. I’m not so sure she will be viewed in the same light now that people know she taped and made public the contents of the telephone call with the Clerk of the Privy Council.

    The NDP and Conservative parties might be wise to take a step back and consider the deeper implications of having her come on board.

    Does political corruption prove itself to be indifferent when it comes to whose lives and reputations are ruined?

  7. Carrie George // April 3, 2019 at 7:45 AM // Reply

    Personally, truth stands higher in my regard. Politics be damned.

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