If you haven’t had the chance to watch the testimony from Jody Wilson-Raybould I suggest you watch it. I think it was very interesting.
It’s a bit interesting because I think the problem is not as much the interference. I’m 100% sure that the previous conservative government would of done (and probably did do) the same thing.
To it me it speaks more that Trudeau was not acting like what he said he would. He said he would be different. I was actually in the room when he addressed the Liberal Leader’s Office’s staff a few days after he won and he said something like this:
“We’re going to try to do what everyone says they want, which is to do things differently”.
What I took from it was that it wasn’t lost on him that many people have said this and have then lost their way.
I’m 99% sure that Harper’s PMO did something like this or even worse. They actually did do many things that I think are far worse. But, that was expected of him. He didn’t pretend to want to do things differently.
I’m clearly not a lawyer but I don’t think the pressure put on Jody was a problem as much as it was that she was shuffled out of that portfolio for her decision. That the PMO did not stick to the sunny ways it promised.
Trump, Harper and countless others have done far worse things. The difference is people expected that from them. I think the only thing people care about is that a politician is consistent. That they are not hypocrites.
If this hurts the Liberals, it’s not because of what they actually did but rather that it means that Trudeau is not who he says he is.
At this point I feel like the best outcome is to admit mistakes were made and apologize for them. Trying to debate the finer points of this isn’t going to end well.
Sadly I worry that this will impact the Liberal’s chances in the fall election, I don’t think this is something that a government should be kicked out for. Perhaps I’m being biased because I’m associated with the party and still support it’s values, but I think things like the child income tax benefit, legalized marijuana, cutting taxes for lower incomes and raising them for higher incomes are the right things to do and those matter more than this.
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