You might be getting tired of saying “I can’t believe my eyes”. So am I, but here I am again.
Former cabinet minister under Chretien, Sheila Copps, had an interview on CBC in which she says that she disapproves of Jody Wilson-Raybould’s decision to remain in cabinet, before releasing her scathing fire and fury against her.
She scolds the former AG saying that “she refused to listen to 11 interventions from colleagues” and that “she’s very vehement that she won’t open her mind to any suggestions but she wants to sit in a group that also is about listening to others and not just moving ahead on what you think“.
She brags about how she was lobbied at “probably 150 meetings” about the Copyright Act and that therefore JWR should have been “able to handle” 11.
She touts how she had the fortitude to resign from caucus when she resigned from cabinet. She had made an election promise to resign if Chretien didn’t abolish the GST. When she was called out on her promise, she resigned and won herself the subsequent by-election.
She goes on to say that the task was seemingly “too much water” for “these two women“, missing the irony of her suggestion that they lacked the guts to make difficult decisions.
And of course, she had to close by claiming that Jody Wilson-Raybould has hurt progress on indigenous issues with her decision, as if reconciliation efforts had been nothing but rosy until now.
What a party culture!
This is far from the first look we have gotten into the extent of Liberal corruption, which in my view is inextricably embedded into the culture of the Liberal Party of Canada.
However, this might have been the best look, and the one to which Canadians have paid the most attention.
I suspect that in another decade, they will be back, and they will be forgiven for simply having a new leader.
Hopefully, those suspicions will be proven wrong.