By Brian Lilley of Sun News Media
As the House of Representatives in Washington voted 232 to 196 to move forward on the impeachment process, I can only imagine Donald Trump was thinking of his friend to the north, “Justin from Canada.”
Trump must wish he had the power to shut down investigations, to fire those who stood in his way with impunity and even to block the police from doing a proper investigation. For all those Canadians looking smugly at what is happening south of the border, it’s worth remembering our own leader has his own problems.
In fact, if Trudeau were dealing with an American style system, he’d probably be on his way out the door.
Trudeau is guilty of far worse than Trump. After the 2016 Presidential election, there were claims of Russian interference and collusion between Russian agents and the Trump campaign. Despite spending nearly two years and tens of millions of dollars, and having the full resources of the Justice Department behind him, Special Counsel Robert Mueller couldn’t prove Trump guilty of anything.
Now they are going to try to remove him from office over a phone call where they say he tried to get benefit for his own personal re-election from a foreign leader.
Let’s compare that to our own newly re-elected PM.
Trudeau, and those in his office, repeatedly interfered in a criminal prosecution of a Canadian company on bribery and corruption charges and part of the reason was his own re-election.
‘I am an MP in Quebec — the member for Papineau,’” Trudeau said to then attorney general Jody Wilson-raybould. Trudeau was asking that Wilsonraybould to step in and stop the prosecution of Snclavalin because Trudeau was worried about the loss of jobs in his riding.
He worried if SNC started shedding jobs in Montreal that it would hurt his own re-election chances. That is what the Americans might call a quid-pro-quo.
He wanted SNC protected so they would keep jobs in Montreal and he could stay the PM and an MP.
“We can have the best policy in the world, but we need to be re-elected,” Trudeau advisor Mathieu Bouchard said at the time, hinting if SNC didn’t get the deal they wanted the Liberals would have trouble at the ballot box.
Of course, when Wilsonraybould wouldn’t do what Trudeau and his advisors wanted, she was fired from the position of attorney general.
If only Trump could fire his attorney general without any issue the way Trudeau could.
When the Justice Committee of the House of Commons tried to look into Snc-lavalin, Trudeau shut it down. When the Ethics Committee tried to do the same, Trudeau’s Liberal MPS voted to stop it.
Even when the RCMP and the Ethics Commissioner tried to investigate and gain access to key witnesses and documents, Trudeau blocked them by refusing to waive privilege and allow access.
These are the powers that Trump could only dream of having.
Objectively, when it comes to Snc-lavalin, Justin Trudeau has committed far more grievous sins than Trump has because we have actual proof.
Yet Trudeau remains in power with the support of 33% of the population and levers of power any American president can only dream of.
A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers. Friedrich August von Hayek