May. 31, 2019

Would Trudeau be impeached under U.S. constitution?

With all the talk of Impeachment in the U.S. I got to thinking. If the U.S. Constitution applied here, would our dear Princeling be in danger of beingimpeached?

Consider:

A. Breaking the Law Four times  

The Trudeau Report made under The Conflict of Interest Act 

And The Conflict of Interest Code for members of the House of Commons

Mary Dawson, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's verdict, December 20, 2017.

“For the reasons set out above, I find that Mr. Trudeau was in contravention of section 11 of the Act when members of his family accepted the Aga Khan’s gift of hospitality and the use of his private island in March, 2016 and when he and his family accepted the Aga Khan’s gift of hospitality in December, 2016.”

"As set out above, I determined that Mr. Trudeau had a number of official dealings relating to the Aga Khan and his institutions where he was exercising an official power, duty or function. I also determined that he was provided with an opportunity to improperly further the private interests of the Global Centre for Pluralism on two occasions in May, 2016 during which discussions involved the outstanding $15-million grant to the endowment fund of the Global Centre for Pluralism and should have recused himself from those discussions."

 I find that Mr. Trudeau contravened section 21 of the Act when he failed to recuse himself on two occasions in May, 2016.’

 “For these reasons, I find that Mr. Trudeau failed to meet the general duty set out in section 5 of the Act.’

 “For the reasons stated above, I find that Mr. Trudeau contravened section 12 of the Act when he and his family accepted travel on the Aga Khan’s helicopter in December, 2016 and when his family accepted travel on the non-commercial chartered aircraft arranged by the Aga Khan in March, 2016."

The Global Centre for Pluralism is an independent, charitable organization founded in Ottawa by Aga Khan in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Inspired by Canada’s experience as a diverse and inclusive country, the Centre was created to advance positive responses to the challenge of living peacefully and productively together in diverse societies.

B. Obstruction of Justice 

Attempting to interfere the normal course of justice involving the Independent Prosecution Service of our Justice System. 

Testimony of Judy Wilson Raybould, former Attorney General of Canada, before the House of Commons Committee 

 House of Commons Committee February 27, 2019

 “For a period of approximately four months, between September and December, 2018, I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the Attorney General of Canada in an inappropriate effort to secure a deferred prosecution agreement with SNC-Lavalin.

These events involved 11 people, excluding myself and my political staff, from the Prime Minister's Office, the Privy Council Office and the office of the Minister of Finance. This included in-person conversations, telephone calls, emails and text messages. There were approximately 10 phone calls and 10 meetings specifically about SNC, and I and/or my staff were a part of these meetings.’

The clause in the U.S. Constitution on impeachment refers to “crimes and misdemeanours’ and it is not further defined. 

Section 4. Impeachment

"The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."

Given that today many Democrats, you know Liberals like our Princeling, talk about actions that violate the “public trust”as being ones that qualify as high crimes and misdemeanours, it is entirely possible that our PM would face impeachment proceedings if U.S. law was applicable. 

P.S. Additionally, the abuse of the Parliamentary system by deliberately shutting down further Parliamentary Committee Hearings on the SNC Lavalin scandal would possibly also qualify as a violation of the public’s trust.