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 just sad watching otherwise decent people obediently disgrace themselves to protect the leader. But such is politics at times. https://t.co/KpwA7U9CpY
— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) April 1, 2019
Imagine if ministers demanded the same accountability for their leaders… pic.twitter.com/gq5tAg0L1E
— Robyn Urback (@RobynUrback) April 1, 2019
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.