2:09Here we go !!! …‘ No decision is ever final ’ : Attorney General David Lametti …

This is how ‘ The good ole boys ‘ manage to ‘ Get things done ‘…

Attorney General David Lametti says decisions made by those in his role can always be changed.

In an interview with the West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson , Lametti also suggested the description by his predecessor , Jody Wilson-Raybould, of attempted political interference to pressure her into helping SNC-Lavalin escape a criminal trial is not entirely accurate.

Lawyer Double Take Bullshit Alert !!! …

“ Interference is perhaps the wrong word in that it implies something illegal is going on ” he said. 

Lametti , who became attorney general after Wilson-Raybould was removed from the post six weeks ago , acknowledged in the same interview he had not known when he took over the role and got briefed on the matters facing him that she had already made the decision not to offer a remediation agreement.

Such a deal would have allowed SNC-Lavalin to admit wrongdoing and pay a fine, but avoid the ban on bidding for government contracts that comes with a conviction for the corruption and fraud charges it currently faces.

When asked about the testimony from Wilson-Raybould last week , in which she described the Quebec election and the federal election being raised as issues she was pressured to consider when officials pushed her to change her mind , Lametti reiterated past remarks that the attorney general does not operate alone but needs to take other factors into account when making decisions.

As part of that , he said their decisions can always be changed if new information appears.

“ You do have an ongoing obligation as attorney general in terms of your relationship to prosecutions and the prosecution service to be open to new facts ” he said. “ I can’t speak to the actual facts [ of the SNC-Lavalin affair ] but I know that in principle , an attorney general has to remain open so , in that sense , no decision is ever final ”…

This recently posted meme of mine is worth displaying again …

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Now , despite the following ‘ KNOWN TESTIMONY ‘ of a previous Attorney General , Davey is setting himself up to pave the way for him to do what Junior and his political party has NOT the jurisdiction to do , and  so desperately requires to reverse that decision … DESPITE being aware of this ;

She described one such case as happening on Oct. 26, 2018, after SNC-Lavalin had filed a judicial appeal of the decision not to offer it a deal.

Mathieu Bouchard, a senior adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office, told Wilson-Raybould’s chief of staff, Jessica Prince, that “if six months from the election, SNC announces that they’re moving their headquarters out of Canada, that is bad.”

Wilson-Raybould said Bouchard continued, telling Prince, “We can have the best policy in the world but we need to get re-elected.”

And then … The veritable Gerry Butthead ;

On Dec. 18, Prince was summoned to a meeting with Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s then-principal adviser, and Katie Telford, his chief of staff.

Wilson-Raybould read out text exchanges she had with Prince following the meeting describing what happened in it.

“Gerry said, ‘Jess, there is no solution here that does not involve some interference,’” Wilson-Raybould quoted Prince as telling her, and noted similar remarks were described by Prince as coming from Telford.

“We don’t want to debate legalities anymore,” Wilson-Raybould said Telford told Prince.

And finally , Mikey Wernick , Privvy Council Clerk ;

The next day, comments from Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick to Wilson-Raybould during their final meeting on the matter appeared to suggest the former attorney general’s decision not to intervene didn’t matter.

“I think he is going to find a way to get it done, one way or another,” Wilson-Raybould quoted Wernick as telling her of Trudeau.

“He’s in that kind of mood and I wanted you to be aware of it.”

Dave has no business even considering reversing the decision.

 

Source: ‘No decision is ever final’: Attorney General David Lametti as SNC-Lavalin affair continues – National | Globalnews.ca

12:16 P.M. Scheer ‘ open ‘ to the idea of splitting roles of Attorney General and Justice Minister …

Continuing to call for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to resign , Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says that if his party forms the next government , he’d be ” open to looking at ” splitting up the justice minister and attorney general roles.

Jody Wilson-Raybould holding both titles at the time she alleges she faced high-level ” veiled threats ” and months of ” sustained ” pressure to interfere in the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin is central to the ongoing scandal.

That alleged pressure is at odds with a principle in Canada that asserts that an attorney general is able to consult cabinet colleagues but cannot be directed or considerably pushed towards making a decision related to a prosecution , as that’s a decision only they can make , political considerations aside.

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In an interview with Evan Solomon on CTV’s Question Period , Scheer said he would look at appointing two separate people to hold those roles , so that the attorney general would be insulated and not sit at the cabinet table. This is an approach used in the British parliamentary system.

Now ya see , the first few statements out of Scheer’s yap are typically ‘ partisan bullshit ‘… Throwing in some digs … People following this shit have to toss that shit , from ALL political parties , left , right , Liberal , NDP , Conservative …. Whatever … Don’t pay any attention to that … Focus on ‘ fact ‘ and ‘ reasonable statement ‘…

And then pinpoint the accurate , concise and CLEAR statements …

Andrew Scheer

” That’s something that , you know , I’d certainly be open to looking at as we start to clean up the mess that the Liberals have created on this file ” Scheer said. ” For many , many years the system worked. It’s only when Liberals are in power that we start to have these types of questions “…

There’s a perfect example … Twice he dumps on the Liberal Party … That’s where , as finally , the masses are starting to gain an insight to this bullshit , a lot of people will immediately ‘ tune out ‘ whatever else he’s about to say … They’ll just think ” Here we go … Blamin’ the ‘ other guys ‘ … Same old shit ” sort of thing …

But then he smartens up and states things in the proper context and makes several good points …

During her committee appearance , Wilson-Raybould suggested that separating these roles could be a way to keep future attorneys general removed from the political machinations that the justice minister is privy to.

” There has always been a different aspect of that role within the Canadian cabinet going back over 150 years now. So it’s not just as if a minister executed a program delivery improperly or wasn’t the best communicator it was in her capacity as the chief legal officer of this country. She determined that would be inappropriate to intervene in an independent criminal court case and she lost her job because of that ” Scheer said.

As for what he’d do about deferred prosecution agreements … The newly-passed and still-never-used mechanism tucked into a budget bill after heavy lobbying from SNC-Lavalin … Scheer said that the mechanism isn’t the issue in this controversy. He said it is a tool that Parliament has granted the judicial system , and it’s not meant to be meddled with.

” I’m saying that I at no time when I’m prime minister will I ever pick up the phone and try to get a Crown prosecutor or judicial decision overturned or changed to benefit corporate cronies “… Scheer said.

Something Junior will soon be pondering no doubt …

 

Source: Scheer ‘open’ to the idea of splitting justice, attorney general roles if PM | CTV News

5:47 A.M. Junior is blowin’ things on multiple fronts …

He’s no Pete ! … PET would have had both these issues relegated to the distant sidelines long ago … He had a knack for that … He had that ‘ air of confidence ‘ … Yeah I know , that’s  PolitikSpeak ‘ for ARROGANCE !!! … Hey ! .. His name was ‘ Pierre ‘ !!! … Whaddya expect !!! … But ya have to admit … He was great at it …

Junior … Not so much …

As Canada moves forward with the extradition of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou , the Chinese government is questioning the country’s commitment to the rule of law.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has previously cited the rule of law as the reason he’s unable to interfere in Meng’s case, saying that the government “ respects the independence ” of the judicial process.

But following Jody Wilson-Raybould’s stunning testimony Wednesday alleging that high-level government officials pressured the then-attorney general to intervene in the case of SNC-Lavalin , the Chinese government is using the case to underscore its criticisms.

Chinese Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang was questioned about the SNC-Lavalin case by a state media journalist in Beijing and asked whether it was contradictory for Trudeau to say that his government couldn’t step in for Meng.

Kang said he liked the journalist’s question and said Canadians are paying attention to the issue.

“ Now , in fact , not only Chinese and Canadian citizens , but the whole world is extremely interested to hear how the Canadian government answers this ” Kang said.

Allow me to translate the PolitikSpeak to plain , every day English ; ” Let’s see how they try to BULLSHIT us on this one “…

Meng was arrested in Vancouver in December at the request of U.S. authorities, who later charged both her and Huawei with fraud over alleged efforts to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran.

The arrest is believed to have prompted the detention of several Canadians in China. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor remain in China with limited consular visits.

Experts say the latest development is unlikely to help the government’s chances of freeing them.

“It’s quid pro quo, that’s basically what China is saying,” said extradition expert Gary Botting. “We have your guys and you have ours. Release her and we’ll release them – it’s that simple.”

Meng is scheduled to appear in court next week, beginning the possibly months-long process of deciding whether she will be sent to the U.S. for trial.

“The final result of the Canadian court to handle this case will be a touchstone for testing whether Canada adheres to the judicial independence or not,” the Chinese embassy said. “We will wait and see.”

It’s getting close to the point where Junior’s gonna have to realize that he , and his ‘ watcher’s ‘, have completely lost control … 

He said Trudeau will have a difficult time coming back from the allegations in the months before the October election , though the party does have time to present a compelling case to Canadians — if it has one.

“ Once those kinds of things happen , this is going to dog them all the way through to the election campaign. And governments that are dogged by this kind of thing have a very difficult time convincing Canadians that they actually deserve another term ” he said.

In the meantime , Bricker said , the Conservatives have been steadily pulling ahead in the polls. An Ipsos poll conducted between Feb. 14 and 18 , found that , if an election were held today , the Tories would receive 36 per cent of the decided popular vote versus 34 per cent for the Liberals.

I’ll be looking to see that gap widening in the near future …

Source: As Huawei extradition looms, China slams Canada over SNC-Lavalin | CTV News