Many people have been speculating who the ‘client’ is following Jody Wilson-Raybould’s statement that she can’t comment on the Trudeau PMO SNC-Lavalin bombshell story due to ‘solicitor-client’ privilege.
Now, it has been made clear – by the federal government itself – that the ‘client’ is the Trudeau government.
Wilson-Raybould was considered the attorney for the government of Canada. As a result, her ability to speak on the issue is controlled by the Trudeau government. Ultimately, it would be up to the federal government (controlled by Trudeau) as to whether she can legally speak about it.
And now, the Trudeau PMO is throwing her under the bus – knowing that she can’t talk about it:
“NEW: The Prime Minister’s Office says @Puglaas brought up the issue of SNC-Lavallin in December with Gerry Butts. PMO says Butts told Wilson-Raybould to bring it up with the clerk of the Privy Council. Unclear if she did or not, yet.”
NEW: The Prime Minister's Office says @Puglaas brought up the issue of SNC-Lavallin in December with Gerry Butts. PMO says Butts told Wilson-Raybould to bring it up with the clerk of the Privy Council. Unclear if she did or not, yet.
— Michel Boyer (@BoyerMichel) February 8, 2019
This is disgusting.
Jody Wilson-Raybould is not allowed to defend herself. The only way she could legally get that chance is if the Trudeau PMO allows it.
So, they’re using that ‘opportunity’ to throw her under the bus.
Here’s how Warren Kinsella put it:
“Oh, look. The Sunny Ways folks are sliming an indigenous woman, knowing she can’t defend herself.”
— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) February 8, 2019
I’ve been very critical of Jody Wilson-Raybould in the past, following her comments on the verdict in the Gerald Stanley trial. However, it’s one thing to criticize someone when they have the legal freedom to push back and speak freely. That’s called free speech and democracy.
It’s another thing to criticize someone and throw them under the bus on a specific issue in which they can’t stand up for themselves.
Jody Wilson-Raybould could say that she was never pressured, but she hasn’t – showing there’s more going on here. And while that speaks volumes, she can’t go further than that. If she was pressured, she can’t say that. If the PMO is lying about her, she can’t talk about that either. She’s in a position where she can either say what Trudeau wants her to say, or say nothing.
What Trudeau and Butts are doing is an absolute disgrace, and they should be deeply ashamed of themselves. In their desperation and lust for power, Trudeau, Butts, and the entire PMO are further revealing themselves as despicable examples of politics at its worst.
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