Controlling the narrative (or attempting to) is the only thing I could give the Liberal government points for if this was a game. Yet it is not – this is our Canada and Canadian values that are being trampled by the Trudeau government.
Ethics, transparency, respect for our Justice system and honesty are out the window. The news release of Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion finding Trudeau in violation of the federal Conflict of Interest Act in relation to the SNC-Lavalin scandal, and that his government tried to influence Jody Wilson-Raybould.
“The Prime Minister, directly and through his senior officials, used various means to exert influence over Ms. Wilson‑Raybould. The authority of the Prime Minister and his office was used to circumvent, undermine and ultimately attempt to discredit the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions as well as the authority of Ms. Wilson‑Raybould as the Crown’s chief law officer.” – Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion
In the report which reviewed the evidence in light of relevant legal and constitutional principles, Dion found Trudeau contravened section nine of the Act, which prohibits public office holders using their position to seek to influence a decision that furthers the interest of a private third party, which was SNC Lavalin.
Disappointed, dismayed and utterly speechless are words to describe Longfield’s continued partisan flag-waving and dumbfounded representation. A perfect example of what Guelph does not need in an elected representative. Longfield is a willing participant in the scandal by virtue of his non-action and support of Trudeau.
Longfield’s comments in Guelph Today that he is “absolutely” convinced that there was no funny business, and it was just business, as usual, is a long cry away from reality and ten football fields away from any ethical and unbiased opinion.
Is he still ‘convinced’? Will he now stand up and apologize to the women his leader silenced and tried to make them seem less than professional? Will Longfield continue to run for a second term knowing for a fact this Liberal government is corrupt?
Longfield is so out of touch from reality and barraged with the partisan mind-speak he decided to go along with the game.
He has stated that it was not his job to get involved. Yet he voted the party line on every opposition motion regarding SNC, including the cover-ups of the investigation. Bluntly said, if Longfield truly felt his job was not to get involved, he should have abstained from voting. Yet true to form our MP voted the party line, without the facts and without foresight. As the saying goes, when there is corruption everyone in an organization knows the fish is sinking from the head down.
Longfield supported every vote and action taken by the Liberal Party and the Justice Committee to deny, curtail and control the narrative of the investigation.
Vote No. 995 Opposition Motion (Appearance of the Prime Minister before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights) Member Voted Nay (against)
Vote No. 992 Opposition Motion (Political interference allegations) Member Voted Nay (against)
Vote No. 991 Opposition Motion (Political interference allegations) (amendment) Member Voted Nay (against)
Longfield is explicitly part of the cover-up and an active participant in the gag order on this investigation and Jody Wilson-Raybould.
Does he really support breaking the law to protect Canadian jobs? Does he still stand by the government’s treatment of Jody Wilson-Raybould? A local MP must represent with values and for the good of the riding, he represents. Had he stood up to the Trudeau government and shown integrity and respect for the rule of law, we could support a second term.
The SNC scandal has taught us that the federal integrity regime needs an overhaul. There must be an oversight on the structure of the decision making into which companies get government contracts with our tax dollars.
Look at the voting pattern of the Liberals and of Longfield.
This scandal broke many weeks prior to Longfield speaking his ‘truth’. Our MP has not answered direct questions about this from concerned residents, even as today’s news broke. When Longfield does speak or posts on social media, he supplies well-scripted partisan talking points. This call for openness and transparency is not a spin of something out of nothing.
Fact is he waited for the go-ahead of the PMO to address residents in the past, so Guelph prepare for another spin.
Lloyd Longfield is not a representative yet a party puppet. His representation is an insult to the intelligence of the Guelph electorate.
SNC Lavalin has a history of corruption and is currently facing a trial for more corruption. What happened with SNC was criminal activity. Is a normal course of business for our federal MP? You know, the grey area of ethics Longfield has referred to in the past.
Update – Longfield remains silent on the SNC scandal, and has not made a public comment apologizing to the women he silenced through his vote and his undying loyality to a corrupt government.
From a previous article educating our MP on what normal course of business is.
To educate our MP, let us talk about the differences between interference and the normal course of business. The normal course is talking to the company and seeing what supports they need to secure jobs. Interference is putting pressure on an Attorney General to change her legal opinion and course of action.
Interference is muzzling her, and not allowing her to speak for a second time at the Justice Committee – and with no barriers. Interference is voting against a motion for Trudeau to testify under oath. Interference is voting against a motion to have Butts testify under oath. Interference is voting against a motion to need Butts to supply evidence to back up his statements.
And surely, interference is not allowing for a full public inquiry yet allowing a committee whose majority is Liberal to decide on the investigation.
Longfield cites confidence in a third-party ethics commissioner who just declared a prolonged absence, and the Justice Committee by their actions is partisan so where is his confidence coming from? The disgusting debacle played out in the vote against having JWR reappear is an afront to all Canadians and should be to Longfield.
Add in the announcement that the OECD anti-bribery officials are ‘concerned’ by SNC-Lavalin affair, plan to ‘closely monitor’ case, as reported by Global News.
Really Longfield? Yes, how we react to things determine the outcome. Educated voters will not buy this. Longfield’s diatribe is nonsense, and just political mind speak. Catchphrases like ‘equal under the law’ and ‘people are nervous’ does not make this go away.
Had Longfield not supported the continuous cover-up of the investigation and independently called out his own party to have a full investigation, the outcome would have been vastly different. We could have seen an MP who stood on his personal values and voted independent of party, and one with a backbone strong enough to weather the storm, answer tough questions and talk to residents before this week.
Sadly, the outcome for Longfield is not good. Committing political suicide for a chance at the second term and the coveted pension is not the best route. Guelph needs a representative, not a mannequin used by Trudeau. The new roadshow, Longfield on Trudeau’s lap while JT pulls the string when he wants him to talk and is an extension of his voice.
Now the global anti-bribery group has put Canada on their watchlist due to the SNC scandal, so the international community is not buying the Liberal view Longfield is clouting. When international groups are picking up the story and listening, time to break the party line. Yet Longfield remains a party faithful.
Values, integrity, and honor win over partisan politics every time. Speaking well of two women who you did not personally nor support while voting (when it mattered) and after that fact make public supportive comments about these professionals is simply wrong and so shady. It is sexist at its lowest level. They experience things differently, you know Lloyd?
When Longfield voted against McClintic motion to reverse a decision to send her back to prison residents taken back that his comments were that the Liberal party does not interfere with the court process. I guess the Stafford family is not strong enough lobbyist or partisan elite to bend the rules. Disgusting.
The law is clear on SNC. The Attorney General is non-partisan and must not exert pressure on the office to bend the rules for partisan interests. Putting pressure on an AG after a decision made is political interference. There is no normalization to apply to this.
SNC does not qualify for a DPA as the first requirement is self-reporting, which does not apply in this case. History of corruption, recent bribes in Libya, the Cartier bridge and recent convictions involving the company throw out this conclusion as well. The primary responsibility of Longfield was to represent the people of Guelph and he has put party politics and personal income and pension prospects ahead of integrity. This is not becoming of the office, nor his oath sworn to serve.
The Justice Committee’s motion voting down a return of JWR to testify is a complete partisan cover-up and a real-life example of the misaligned integrity of the current Liberal government.
We are a country that is humanitarian, open-minded and live with values and intention. Shutting down, muzzling a strong indigenous woman is not Canadian. We do not do cover-ups.
No question about it. An election should be imminent. Canadians do not have any confidence in this government. Yet Longfield does with complete unshakingly loyalty and support. Who knew a pension was enough of a price tag to walk back on your values with complete abandonment?
Reminiscent of the mystical unicorns the Liberal party has nothing to them, they could care less about the destruction around them and are completely oblivious to the reality, or choose to ignore it for the sake of another day of pay to play.
Let us hope and pray Canadians board the Ark and the Liberals face the self-made destruction they have created.