History Repeats Itself: Trudeau Rips Page Right from SNC-Lavalin Playbook to Defend Latest Scandal

July 30, 2019

Justin Trudeau has a playbook and he is sticking to it.

After media reports that Trudeau’s office tried to muzzle two former Canadian ambassadors to China, Trudeau is defending himself with the same lawyerly weasel words he used during the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

SNC-Lavalin Corruption Scandal:

Justin Trudeau on February 8, 2019: “At no time did I or my office direct the current or previous Attorney General to make any particular decision in this matter.”

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice Arif Virani on February 8, 2019: “At no point has the current Minister of Justice or the former minister of justice been pressuredor directed by the Prime Minister or the Prime Minister’s Office to make any decision on this or any other matter.”

Trudeau’s office muzzling former career diplomats:

Justin Trudeau on July 29, 2019: “I can confirm that the PMO did not direct that to happen.”

Chrystia Freeland on July 25, 2019: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday that neither she nor the PMO had pressured the former diplomats over their comments on Canada’s China policy.

As Canadians now know, Trudeau’s early denials in SNC-Lavalin scandal turned out to be false.

Now, it’s a different scandal, but the denials are the same.

But that’s not all.

Tomorrow, the Foreign Affairs Committee will meet to discuss whether or not to move forward with a study into these allegations.

Will the Trudeau Liberals crib from the SNC playbook again and use their majority to shut down Parliamentarians’ search for the truth?

Has Justin Trudeau learned anything from the SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal or will history repeat itself once again?

Minister of Justice David Lametti on February 9, 2019: “There hasn’t been anything to my mind that justifies a committee investigation.”

July 30, 2019: The foreign affairs committee will vote on whether or not to proceed with a committee study into the allegations the Prime Minister’s Office muzzled two private citizens and former career diplomats.
 

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Daniel Schow
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