The Butts testimony : Have I mentioned the 9,000 jobs ? …

A good point of view from Paul Wells from Maclean’s …

But perhaps the most striking thing about Butts’s testimony was his repeated refusal to answer MPs’ repeated questions about Wilson-Raybould’s repeated assertions that a cavalcade of PMO and other staffers , and the Prime Minister himself , warned her repeatedly that Liberals would lose their jobs in elections because of her decision.

That’s important because of this passage from the Trudeau government’s version of the Open and Accountable Government ethics handbook , which the Prime Minister invited every minister to read and take to heart when this government came to office. At section F.5 of that document , we can read the following … “ The Attorney General and the DPP are bound by the constitutional principle that the prosecutorial function be exercised independently of partisan concerns.”

The words that leap out at me from that sentence are bound , constitutional and partisan. The first means that as soon as partisan calculations enter the picture , they are bound … They no longer have any choice. The second elevates this consideration above merely routine or even legal considerations , to the highest plane of our law: that of constitutional principle. And the third is the tripwire. You cannot warn the attorney general of Liberal losses without binding her to protect the prosecutor’s independence.

So did they ? Well , it’s the damnedest thing , Gerry Butts can’t tell you. He has no correspondence with the people concerned, he wasn’t there when Wilson-Raybould claims they said these things , he is pretty sure they would never say such things. But it’s a black hole. Sorry.

Oh , and when Butts was asked where his 9,000 jobs figure came from , he could provide no evidence. This is the puff of smoke one often notes from advocates of so-called evidence-based policy-making.

Taken together , Butts’s testimony adds up to a portrait of a governing inner circle that would not ever take a “ no ” from a director of public prosecutions as final. They would not ever take Jody Wilson-Raybould’s refusal to correct the prosecutor as final. They could not believe an important decision could be made in a week and a half. They could not, themselves , manage a cabinet shuffle in a much longer span of time , except by making a mockery of its central strategic imperative. And they can provide no evidence for the jobs claim that , to this day , Gerald Butts still uses to browbeat anyone who would disagree with the government’s behaviour throughout this saga.

Source: The Butts testimony: Have I mentioned the 9,000 jobs?

OH OH !!! … People are being mean to Mikey !!! …

BWAHAHA !!! … Poor Mikey’s all upset ‘cuz people were being mean to him !!! … Ironic coming from someone who suggested Jody Wilson-Raybold ‘ couldn’t handle the pressure of dissenting viewpoints while working in cabinet ! …

He acted pretty tough quickly shrugging off legitimate questions from opposition parties with curt ‘ no’s ‘ repeatedly in the hearings …

The country’s top public servant received profanity-laced social media messages calling him ” garbage “, a “traitor “, a ” loser ” and a ” liar ” after defending the Trudeau government’s conduct in the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Michael Wernick , clerk of the Privy Council , tabled with the House of Commons justice committee Wednesday some of the messages he’d received since he first testified on the controversy two weeks ago.

Wernick’s office released copies of eight expletive-filled, sometimes barely coherent messages …

” [ You’re ] garbage pal. If you don’t want to be calked name like treason and traitor then don’t indulge in it then , you ( expletive ) idiot goofs ! ” said one.

” You should be ashamed of yourself for the comments about assinations ! Arrogant pos ! Get a real job you ( expletive ) deadbeat ” said another.

” Michael , you are dirty. Your manipulation of the fallout on the SNC-Lavalin criminal bribery scandal does not look good on you,” said one message he received.

” You’re a loser. And a liar. You’ll amount to an absolute nobody in Canadian history. A spineless puppet,” said another.

” YOU SHOULD BE FIRED. A disgrace to Canada … Overpaid , bureaucratic LIBERAL BOZO … protecting liberal LIars !!! ” opined yet another.

he tried to conjure up charges of ‘ witness intimidation ‘ , but fortunately , even the Liberal head of the committee wasn’t buyin’ it and did not enter into the record …Image result for kleenex

Mikey need a tissue ? …

 

 

 

 

Source: Top bureaucrat gets profane messages after defending government on SNC-Lavalin | CBC News

Whatever happened to being a proud ‘ American ‘ ? …

Divided in debate but mostly united in a final vote, the House passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry Thursday, with Democrats trying to push past a dispute that has overwhelmed their agenda and exposed fault lines that could dog them through elections next year.

The one-sided 407-23 vote belied the emotional infighting over how to respond to freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar‘s recent comments suggesting House supporters of Israel have dual allegiances. For days, Democrats wrestled with whether or how to punish the lawmaker, arguing over whether Omar, one of two Muslim-American women in Congress, should be singled out, what other types of bias should be decried and whether the party would tolerate dissenting views on Israel.

The seven-page document details a history of recent attacks not only against Jews in the United States but also Muslims, as it condemns all such discrimination as contradictory to “the values and aspirations” of the people of the United States. The vote was delayed for a time on Thursday to include mention of Latinos to address concerns of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

The addition came under a section that stated in the end, “Whereas white supremacists in the United States have exploited and continue to exploit bigotry and weaponize hate for political gain, targeting traditionally persecuted peoples, including African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders and other people of colour, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and others with verbal attacks, incitement, and violence.”

An earlier version focused more narrowly on anti-Semitism.

Speaking before the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she does not believe that Omar understood the “weight of her words” or that they would be perceived by some as anti-Semitic. The resolution does not mention Omar by name.

“It’s not about her. It’s about these forms of hatred,” Pelosi said. Asked whether the resolution was intended to “police” lawmakers’ words, Pelosi replied: “We are not policing the speech of our members. We are condemning anti-Semitism,” Islamophobia and white supremacy.

Of note … Here’s a ‘ Bernie clause ‘ … “ We must not , however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing , Netanyahu government in Israel ”… Ya see , Bernie doesn’t like Benny … So he wants to keep on slaggin’ him ! …

Although I have many bones to pick with the United States and their policies , and attitudes about themselves for that matter , I’ve always given them credit for , right from the start and through to the bulk of the 1900’s , upon birth or arrival , you were ‘ American ‘ … First , foremost and singularly …

Yet now , as a result of poorly planned integration , based on self serving platitudes of far too many politicians , the country , as well as other western countries , has evolved into ‘ pockets ‘ of dissent that come from other areas of the globe and form to create the conflicts that were unique to them and apart from the country they chose to come to …

We now see ‘ Congessional Hispanic Caucus INSIDE the Whitehouse … Jewish , Muslim , Hindus , Sikhs … Native Americans , Asian Americans … On and on and on …

What did happen to simply being a proud … American ? …

Source: U.S. House passes anti-hate resolution following controversy over Democrat’s Israel remarks – National | Globalnews.ca

Liberals say ” See … No pressure … Move on … No story here “…

Opposition members of the House of Commons committee probing the SNC-Lavalin scandal have called for an emergency meeting on whether Jody Wilson-Raybould should be asked to provide further testimony , which will trigger an emergency meeting to be held within five days.

At the meeting , MPs will consider inviting the former justice minister to provide additional testimony into allegations that senior Liberals tried to interfere in the bribery case against SNC-Lavalin.

Wilson-Raybould said the government’s order-in-council , which partly waived solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality to allow her to testify late last month , only applied to her stint as attorney general.

Now this is where the ‘ lawyer ‘ bullshit comes in large  … PAY ATTENTION !!! … It appears that the PMO and all his cronies like to flit back and forth between those two definitions … It IS quite routine to have back and forth , sometimes ‘ heated ‘ discussions at the Cabinet table … That’s where Jody sits ‘ as the Justice Minister ‘ … However , there are times when the person , also acting as Attorney General , as she  and previous Justice Ministers have had occasion to excuse themselves from those discussions as it is incompatible and therefore inappropriate for the Attorney General ( Who acts as a separate , independent body ) to be a party to …

That’s why Jody can’t speak her points form the Justice Minister portion of her portfolio , thanks to the ‘ solicitor-client privilege ‘… Which in this particular case is pure circular nonsense !!! …

Of course , having a majority has its’ advantages as the committee’s Liberal majority previously voted to debate calling further witnesses until its next meeting , which won’t take place until March 19.

You see , this buys them another week and a half to try and figure out out the Hell they can ward off the huge public outrage that is fomenting over their … You know … BULLSHIT !!! …

All who have testified had the advantage of reading out their carefully written opening statements , but I note that having scrutinized all of them them ‘ live ‘ , Miss Wolison-Raybold eyes darted to her ‘ script ‘ far less times than the all the others …

Both Butts and Wernick have been allowed back to repeat their claims , in numerous different forms , by answering the same questions from the Liberal inquisitors in an attempt to bolster their ‘ case ‘ … 

Yet those same Liberals can look Canadians in the eye and say their is no reason to reconvene in five days to hear Jody rebut those statements and they are fine with waitng until the 19 of March to come back and … Pretty much a safe bet on this one … Vote AGAINST having Wilson-Raybold back on the stand …

 

Source: Emergency meeting called as opposition seeks additional testimony from Jody Wilson-Raybould – National | Globalnews.ca