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Should the Prime Minister Resign?

Tue, March 05, 2019   |   Author: Peter Vogel   |   Volume 26    Issue 9 | Share: Facebook | Twitter   

After the testimony of former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould last week, the Leader of the Official Opposition, Andrew Scheer called on Prime Minister Trudeau to resign. It seemed like the logical and right thing to do. Respect for the rule of law is at stake, and no one should presume to be above that.

This saga has now led to the resignation of Treasury Minister Jane Philpott and has spawned more news stories and opinion pieces than any in recent memory. The fact that Canadians are engaged (and enraged) is encouraging. It is a big issue.

So, will Mr. Trudeau lose his position as Canada’s Prime Minister? Not automatically; there is no mechanism to force any MP out unless he or she is convicted of an indictable offence. OK, but with all the embarrassment, resignations, and rumours swirling will the Prime Minister resign on his own?

It is not possible to predict the future on that question, but it doesn’t seem likely. So far, like many politicians, he seems to think he can still cling to power in spite of the scandal. This undercuts the image he has been trying to project—of a nicer and better politician who would do things differently and not resort to old tricks.

His projected persona has conveyed high-sounding ‘commitments’ to feminism and reconciliation with indigenous people. Now that the testimony of an indigenous woman has put him in a bad light, has he done things differently and apologized? No, he has disparaged her and sought to discredit her testimony.

Loyalty has its limits. Even those close to him are not buying it anymore. The President of the Treasury Board, the Hon. Jane Philpott, resigned saying she has lost confidence in the PM and his handling of the issue. A few days earlier, MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes had announced that she would not be seeking re-election; although there is no official connection, the timing is curious. And don’t forget that is was another female MP, Leona Alleslev, who had conspicuously crossed the floor last year—it does make one wonder what kind of a feminist Trudeau is to have so many women lose confidence in him.

So with all of these marks against him, should we join our voice to Andrew Scheer’s and call on the Prime Minister to resign? Not necessarily.

Why not? The resignation of Mr. Trudeau would leave intact the network of corruption that he helped create, but it could give Canadians the false impression that the problem has been solved. Some would assume that once the disgraced party leader is gone the remaining Liberal majority will do things properly. That would be a huge mistake.

The current exposé of corruption is helpful, but the resignations to this point do not undo the damage that has been done to Canada by the Trudeau government. When we consider all of the other issues we have to remember that most, if not all, of these ministers and MPs went along with or helped up to this point. They were (nearly) all okay with severely unbalanced budgets, open borders, legalized recreational marijuana, and assisted suicide (to name a few). These are also scandals, moral scandals, that will have long-term effects.

Mr. Trudeau does not deserve to continue as Prime Minister, but neither does the rest of his party deserve to continue governing. We should be skeptical of the “quick fix” of the PM’s resignation; it may allow a stronger Liberal leader, untainted by the SNC-Lavalin scandal, to lead the Liberal Party into the Fall Election. The Liberals, and particularly Trudeau, should wear this disgrace into the election. Voters should be given the opportunity to hold him to account for it.

This issue is far from over. Trudeau’s former principle secretary Mr. Gerald Butts also resigned, but not from any pristine motives; he will testify this week and he will certainly give a different version of events than that of Ms. Wilson-Raybould. More spin will follow. Canadians need to remember the clear and concise testimony of Ms. Wilson Raybould, in contrast to the “political-speak” of the majority of MPs in the Liberal government who have not yet broken ranks with the PM.

When lies are exposed, when truth prevails, even the government can change! We have a responsibility to present truth and offer a responsible alternative to more of the same corruption. We believe that integrity and adherence to the truth are absolutely essential to good governance. If you agree, please continue to support the CHP; if you’re not yet a member, join here and help us restore freedom, biblical morality and justice to the Canadian government.

Some people need to see how bad it can get before they will do anything about it. Let’s be thankful that the media is telling it like it is.

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