Jody Wilson-Raybould – Ah, Buh-Bye.

Jody Wilson surreptitiously recorded a member of the Cabinet, Michael Wernick – and possibly has recorded others according to a Tweet sent out by Warren Kinsella. Take what you will from that Tweet, but we do know that connections exist between the two.

The concept of an Attorney General recording privileged conversations with a Prime Minister, who she represents as a client is an ethical and professional breach of epic proportions. Who knows how many private conversations were secretly recorded and what classified information could be contained in these calls. This question has to be asked of Jody Wilson-Raybould. The truth is, could we trust her if she said no? She did not disclose the existence of the unethically recorded call of Michael Wernick during 4 hours of testimony in front of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, nor in the evidence she initially gave to the committee.

If you are a member of the Liberal Caucus, you have to ask yourself if you can trust that any conversation or meeting with Jody WIlson-Raybould is not being recorded. This is no longer about SNC-Lavalin but about the ethics and morality of decisions made by the former Attorney General. Wilson-Raybould was the chief law officer of the Crown, the government’s lawyer and if the Prime Minister is seeking advice or having a conversation with Jody Wilson-Raybould in her role as Attorney General, it should be like a lawyer helping a client with an expectation of confidentiality. Full stop. End of story. The ethic implications of this cannot be understated.

I realize that all could be speculation, but based on the recent revelations of recorded phone calls – it is a fair question and scenario to consider.

Regardless of the possibility of more salacious details, it is time for the Liberal caucus to remove Jody Wilson-Raybould and quite possibly Jane Philpott. Of course, according to the Andrew Coyne echo chamber, fellow Liberal Ministers have no right to ask any questions of both former Cabinet ministers.

It is entirely fair of fellow caucus members to have questions and criticisms of both Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott. Robyn Urback has obviously never have been present for a caucus meeting – if you feel that no one has openly questioned Justin Trudeau regarding SNC-Lavalin, or in Cabinet would require a suspension of logic not befitting a journalist. Accountability is circular, and both Wilson-Raybould and Philpott owe answers to their colleagues.

The Liberals have to focus for the upcoming campaign and having Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott in caucus would be a distraction that will continue to derail Liberal messaging and planning. It is better to pull the band-aid off and take the manufactured media and opposition outrage, then pull together as a unified caucus without the constant interruption of conveniently timed leaks from inside the party.

Jody Wilson-Raybould is going to be sainted by Canadian media regardless of what happens, the press reaction will be highly negative, but removing both from caucus is the only path forward for the Liberal Party.

2 thoughts on “Jody Wilson-Raybould – Ah, Buh-Bye.”

  1. As a former constituent of that riding, I spoke with a few others who are still in Jody’s riding. They seem pretty solidly behind her and my impression is that J W-R could hold that riding as an independent. What’s more, there is a growing distrust out here of the prime minister and the Liberal government. Attitudes are beginning to harden thanks to being pushed around on Trans Mountain, the perils it poses to our coastal ecosystem, and a litany of lies from this prime minister stretching from the Athabasca tar pits to the tanker docks in Burnaby (surrounded by walls of razor wire that make the place look like a prison compound).

    What has Justin done “for” British Columbia rather than “to” it? He says his government has “done the science” but won’t produce any. Meanwhile his own Environment Canada , along with the Royal Society of Canada, and prominent scientists say he hasn’t done the science. Trudeau shuts critics down by claiming this infernal pipeline a matter of “national interest.”

    Trudeau has already lost the First Nations from Grassy Narrows to the Salish Sea. By all means throw out Jody but realize you may be throwing a hand grenade into the Liberal party apparatus in this province and you’ll alienate a good part of the Liberal base in this province.

    Jody is not your problem. Your leader is your problem.


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