Canada has been getting whumped in a global game of Go for a very long time. We caught the attention of and offended players more cunning and powerful than Justin Trudeau, that’s plain enough. He is conniving, but not cunning. He thinks he’s cunning, but he has gotten away with what he has because there was always a secret playpen to keep him in. Someone has decided to kick away the gates, and that is very troubling.
For the record, I don’t believe that he bought SNC-Lavalin’s “bluff” that they would leave the country. Artful people don’t worry about bluffs; they just look to see what’s in it for them. For instance, you can give away generous party favours, and you can call the shots and call in your own favours when you are in a scrape or in need of a paper crown and pay check if old gig is taken away from you on election day.
Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony was crushing, but the Grits were prepared for it beforehand, and with Gerald Butts testifying, he will, like Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, spin the optics, and may drop a little grenade or two. This will backfire on the Grits, but not the way most people would think.
Wilson-Raybould has more, and as I said, most likely something radioactive, but that isn’t likely to cause the government to fall, but it is a mistake to think that this all has to do with her travails with the Prime Minister. If you have a government enslaved and fellating one crooked company, they are doing other things, too. Not that the company didn’t make diva demands, but players don’t just resort to a single ruse.
And someone has been keeping careful notes.
SNC-Lavalin won’t likely survive, and it will cost Quebec plenty, but over the course of the last couple of years, more and more things about the Trudeau Grits have been coming out, and they are getting progressively worse. The SNC-Lavalin scandal is small potatoes. This is a boxing match. You don’t knock down an opponent with a single punch. You hit them when their guard is down, and you begin to do that by first psyching them out, and then probing their weaknesses, and then successively hitting them from all sides and when they try to defend one weak area, they cannot cover or plan to cover others, and that is where you hit them.
As of now, Trudeau, once seen as “charming” (lord only knows why; he always reminded me of a lounge lizard), has had that façade knocked away from him, and now is seen as sleazy.
And this new narrative of him has gotten traction on a global scale. One Globe and Mail column made reference to this tweet:
When in the history of Canada would that assessment crossed anyone’s mind?
While Wilson-Raybould testified that she doesn’t believe what transpired was illegal, no one is to say that something that is illegal won’t crop up within a couple of months — most likely right before the election kicks off.
Is this still a game of Go? Yes, but the stones have turned to snakes, surrounding the player with a tangle of locks. This entanglement is not something a conniving person can pull away from.
Wernick tried to propagandize the outcome by fear-mongering about potential “assassination” — and I have no doubt there will be more threats from the Grits, as well as dismissive insults. Once upon a time that would have worked like a charm. Not now. And no, Toronto Star, both Wernick and Wilson-Raybould cannot both be right. The fact that Wernick tried to shut down debate trying to equate honesty with violence tells you all you need to know.
Whatever the Grits throw, someone else will let loose another strategic lock. SNC-Lavalin is a global company — and all it will take is one country to decide that it broke the law, and then blame the Grits for it, but there can be other unrelated skullduggery waiting to be unleashed on cue.
This game is far from over. We can easily find this country torn apart with both Quebec and Alberta deciding they may just want to strike it on their own. It wouldn’t be the first time in history, it most likely won’t be the last, but this is a regime that has connived and bungled things from Day One, and will leave very hard feelings and a truckload of crises in their wake.
But it is interesting to watch the sucker circus all the same…