Oct. 22, 2019

Truth and ethics take a back seat in Canadian politics

How come a leader who breaks the Conflict of Interest Ethics Law, and one who obstructed justice, gets re-elected Prime Minister? Oh, his party lost 31 seats and the Conservatives gained 24 and won the popular vote but the Liberal party has the most seats, a strong minority government. 
 
This is the puzzling question for me. In a world where we Canadians talk environmental justice, justice in trade, human rights all over the globe, how can we then ignore the law breaking of our own Prime Minister?
 
Why is it that a lady like Jody Wilson-Raybould is fighting for her political life and her friend in Toronto area has lost her seat when they stood up for truth in Politics, and fought the underhanded unethical behaviour of the Prime Minister, his minions and the Ottawa swamp. 
 
It was interesting watching the CBC and CTV coverage: never did one of the dozens of commentators mention ethics, honesty or truth in politics. The closest they came was to reference the scandal of SNC Lavalin infrequently. The word ‘corruption ‘ was not in the studio.
 
Convenient lapses of memory seem common in our society today.
 
No one, but no one, quoted the ethics and conflict of interest commissioner:
 
"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.
 
If that is not obstruction of justice the Pope is not Catholic!
 
It is a sad day for Canada’s energy economy. It is difficult, given this result, to not conclude that Canadians support the blocking of Alberta’s oil being transported east to other Canadians. That it supports legislation that makes it more difficult to get new oil and gas projects off the ground and hence discourages new investment in the energy industry.
 
Not one commentator mentioned when talking about the Green Party that its written policy is to close down the energy and mining industry of this country. Some of the commentators seemed overjoyed with the Greens’ political result. 
 
Veteran commentators Craig Oliver and Lloyd Robertson and even Ann McLellan on CTV showed that they do not understand the country, what has happened, what has happened in this country — that laws have been passed that retard energy development, two pipelines have been cancelled . This is fact. That an environmental program has been launched that will inhibit energy development. That tens of billions of dollars of investment have left and more leaving every day. That resource revenue will be reduced and hence the country’s ability to fund heath, education, social services and responsible environmental programs will be curtailed. 
 
The west knows that the Liberals don’t care. That's why the Conservatives gained so many seats in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan. 
 
It is not a pretty country when two important provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan feel so strongly that the ongoing governing Liberal Party was shut out. 
 
When truth and ethics and energy development take a back seat in Canada we are not in a good place!