Canada’s newly appointed Attorney General, David Lemetti just gave an eleven-minute interview.
Simply put, it was a dumpster fire.
According to the new AG, we should feel reassured about the current state of our justice system because he personally spoke with the Prime Minister, and furthermore because these allegations were only reported in “a newspaper”.
“But to be fair, you are only reassuring based on the prime minister’s word. The entire story hinges on if that’s true. Why would you as the Justice Minister take the prime minister’s word and not want an investigation to preserve the independence of the system?”Evan Solomon
“Again, all we’ve are allegations in a newspaper, the prime minister has said that these allegations are false, we haven’t had any corroborating evidence there, there hasn’t been anything to my mind that justifies committee investigation.”Attorney General David Lemetti
Gee, doesn’t that sound awfully Trumpy?
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Then, the AG digs a further hole for himself and his party during the video.
He notes that he has not actually spoken with Jody Wilson-Raybould regarding this topic, making it extremely difficult to believe that the AG knows anything about the case at all. Especially since many Liberal insiders believe the person who gave this story to the Globe and Mail was Jody Wilson herself.
With so little action taken, I would not be surprised, if some thought the AG was ignoring the glaring evidence on purpose. After all, he seems to be bending over backwards to try to explain why an investigation is unnecessary.
During the video, for example, CTV commentator Evan Solomon reads from the letter published by Jody Wilson-Raybould when she was demoted to veterans affairs.
That letter interestingly notes:
The role of the Attorney General of Canada carries with it unique responsibilities to uphold the rule of law and the administration of
justice,and as such demands a measure of principled independence.
It is a pillar of our democracy that our system of justice be free from even the perception of political interference and uphold the highest levels of public confidence.
As such, it has always been my view that the Attorney General of Canada must be non-partisan, more transparent in the principles that are the basis of decisions, and, in this respect, always willing to speak truth to power. This is how I served throughout my tenure in that role.Jody Wilson-Raybould
The key part that truly matters there is the need for a non-partisan AG going forward.
At this moment, the Trudeau government have not allowed Jody Wilson-Raybould to speak by waiving the right to attorney-client privilege.
They have furthermore said they will block investigations into the matter.
Both of those moves are extremely worrying, and likely highlight why the former AG published that very letter.
Sadly, it seems the current AG has no goals of following through with JWR’s advice.
That should truly worry you, according to Michael Bryant, the executive director and general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association this could be a constitutional crisis or even a crime.
Without non-partisan action at this time, Canada could legitimately become a nation without trust in its own politicians or rule of law.
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