As the summer comes to a close, Burlingtonians have time to reflect before they head to the polls. Top of mind should be Justin Trudeau’s violation of the Conflict of Interest Act in the SNC-Lavalin affair. At the heart of the issue, Justin Trudeau abused his authority as Prime Minister to intimidate the Attorney General – Jody Wilson Raybould – and in so doing, violated the constitutional principles of prosecutorial independence and the rule of law. This issue illustrates something about Justin Trudeau. He is not someone who operates according to the same rules as everyone else. He considers himself and his party’s vision to be above the law.
This is not a partisan issue, as Conservatives, the NDP, the Green party, and even some members of his own cabinet have repeatedly denounced Mr. Trudeau’s actions, calling them out for what they are.
Time and again, Justin Trudeau’s actions have shown contempt for Canadians, the integrity of our institutions and the dignity of our public officials. Four more years of this would do lasting damage to the core features of our democracy.
‘Peace, order and good governance’ characterizes our history of government and is something that all Canadians are rightly proud of and want to maintain.