Trudeau’s Dumb Expulsions and Strange Compulsions

JWR and Philpott are gone. So are any illusions about the PM’s allegiance to corporate masters.

Jody Wilson-RaybouldNone of this needed to happen. Jody Wilson-Raybould was kicked out of the Liberal Party of Canada caucus on April 2. Photo by Sean Kilpatrick, Canadian Press.

They got Jody Wilson-Raybould, and Jane Philpott too, but this is just the beginning.

You know you are in trouble in politics when your damage control is more damaging than what made it necessary.

…What should bother Canadians about the PM’s …stand on SNC-Lavalin is not just a one-off. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was the first federal leader to argue that Trudeau is not the champion of the middle class he claims to be, but rather a consistent corporate cheerleader. He talks the talk for the environment, Indigenous rights, and human rights; but for Big Business, he walks the walk.

Canadians saw Trudeau the corporate cheerleader in Houston, where he told a group of Texas oilmen that no country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and leave it there.

They saw the same thing when the PM dismissed the solid opposition of coastal British Columbians to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, and instead paid the Texas oil company $4.3 billion for this leaky relic and vowed to get the expansion to tidewater.

They saw it again on Canada’s East Coast, where Trudeau denied that Ottawa had environmental jurisdiction over a project that plans to dump toxic pollutants from a kraft pulp mill owned by Northern Pulp into prime fishing grounds in the Northumberland Strait.

And now, they see it once more with the PM and his minions interfering in an active criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin. That violates the heart of the judicial system: the complete independence of the prosecution service under the law.

If, as Singh has argued, the SNC-Lavalin scandal outs the prime minister as a corporate enabler, and not the champion of the middle class he claims to be, it has also sunk the Liberal caucus to a new low. MORE

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The silence/shame double bind for women in power

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Jody Wilson-Raybould is just the latest high-profile woman to face the dilemma of staying silent or speaking out, of being powerless or shamed.

The saga unfolding around former Liberal cabinet minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has been characterized as many things – evidence of the old guard that still pulls the levers in Ottawa, of the over-centralization of power in the PMO, and of hypocrisy in the Liberal government’s promises of reconciliation and feminist government. But it is also fundamentally about gender and power – about shaming and silencing. It’s about who is expected to keep quiet and whose voices are heard.

Powerful women are often ridiculed and disgraced for their public speech, as I detail in my book Ms. Prime Minister.

For example, former prime minister Kim Campbell’s speaking style was characterized as shrill, strident, arrogant and hectoring, reflecting unease with her desire to seek and hold power. A vocabulary of expletives is routinely mobilized to condemn women who speak out.

Political scientist Kathleen Hall Jamieson calls this the “silence/shame” double bind: Stay silent and be powerless, speak out and be shamed. After all, women’s silence represents submission to patriarchal authority structures. Speech, on the other hand, epitomizes defiance of such authority, and it evokes fear. What will women say? What kind of damage might it do to the men who hold power? The discomfort with women’s speech is evident in the attempts to silence and shame Jody Wilson-Raybould. SOURCE

 

Tell Premier Horgan: Use all the tools in your toolbox to stop Trans Mountain!

It’s outrageous.

Premier Horgan is in court, defending a Christy Clark-era decision and opposing the Squamish Nation’s legal challenge that seeks to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers.

This isn’t what they were elected to do. The BC government promised to use all the tools in its toolbox to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers project.

So why is Horgan now fighting to uphold the pipeline project’s approval – and against the Squamish Nation – in court?

When the project was first approved in 2016, then-Leader of the Opposition John Horgan asked of the Premier, “Why is Christy Clark hiding behind a flawed process created by Stephen Harper?” [1]

Now that he’s Premier, we’re forced to ask the same question of him.

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