The question of what is Trudeau hiding is not going to go away
Andrew Coyne: The question of what is Trudeau hiding is not going to go away
The issues involved in the SNC-Lavalin affair are too important to be
treated flippantly. This isn’t some question of policy on which people
of goodwill can differ.
Updated: September 11, 2019
Another campaign begun in the shadow of scandal. The first weeks
of the 2015 election campaign were dominated by the trial of Sen. Mike
Duffy, at much subsequent cost to Stephen Harper’s re-election chances.
Whether or not the latest revelations in the SNC-Lavalin affair prove to
be as consequential to the current campaign, the implications are
Not only is the RCMP reported to have been
inquiring into the affair, in which the prime minister and other
government officials attempted to interfere in a criminal prosecution,
as a possible case of obstruction of justice, but investigators have
apparently been prevented from gathering evidence from key witnesses —
obstructed, if you will — by the government’s continuing refusal to
release them from the bonds of cabinet confidentiality.
not yet a formal criminal investigation, and yes, whatever else you want
to call it has been “paused” until after the election — a protocol
installed after the 2006 campaign, which was knocked sideways by the
revelation that the RCMP was investigating the then minister of finance.
No doubt that will be of some relief to the Liberal campaign, but it
does leave the public in a bind: it would be a hell of a thing to
re-elect the government only to have its top officials charged afterward
with serious crimes.