PETERS – Politics as usual from Trudeau may keep undecided voters away

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Image: Hansard)

AUGUST 14 WAS CHRISTMAS MORNING for Andrew Scheer and the federal Conservatives — and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion was playing the part of Santa.

Two months ahead of the federal election, Scheer got a neatly-wrapped gift under the tree: a damning report that found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act.

Trudeau leaned too hard on then-Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to encourage a deferred prosecution agreement for SNC-Lavalin.

Months after Wilson-Raybould and her friend Jane Philpott were turfed from the party’s caucus, the Liberals had hoped the controversy was in the rearview mirror.

Instead, the Conservatives now have a big new talking point to hammer Liberal candidates with over the next few weeks. As with elections in past years, this vote will not only be a gauge of what voters think about policy direction.


James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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