Jody and Jane, now the most powerful politicians in Canada, consider how to wield it

Political prognosticators believe that Jane Philpot is the only Liberal in Ontario with the stature to successfully challenge Progressive Conservative Premier Doug Ford.

Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott — with the sheer force of their own integrity — have emerged as the most influential politicians in the Canadian body politic.  Justin Trudeau has exposed himself plainly as a liar — someone who is willing to repeatedly lie in order to manipulate the electorate, mislead authorities, and to keep a tightly controlled caucus intimidated with a culture of bile and retaliation.

Influence is power in politics, and suddenly these two former Cabinet ministers have all of it.  And Justin Trudeau has none of it.  His tenure in the Prime Minister’s office is quickly fleeting, and even senior members of the Liberal caucus have suffered shocking losses of confidence — not only in his leadership style — but also in his capacity to lead.

The Nation waits with bated breath in anticipation of how the two suddenly senior statesmen — statespeople? — are planning to wield this unprecedented stature.  They are both ambitious and accomplished women willing to risk extraordinarily promising political careers to protect Canada from falling the way of dictators.

Only because they decided to sacrifice themselves, was Trudeau’s coup-de-ta stopped in its tracks.  Unless, of course, Attorney General David Lametti decides that his political career inside the Liberal Party is more important than prosecutorial independence, in which case we can expect SNC Lavalin to receive the deferred prosecution agreement.

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Top tier candidates have been expressing interest in challenging the new Attorney General David Lametti in his LaSalle-Émard-Verdun riding.  The District is thought to be a reliably left-leaning constituency near the heart of Montreal, but the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois are expected to field aggressive campaigns.

In recent days, The Chronicle has spoken with several longtime political operatives who see a slate of strategic possibilities for Wilson-Raybould and Philpott’s new axis of power.  In fact, every one of the twelve political consultants with whom we talked,  all near lust for the opportunity to advise them.

Elizabeth May‘s Green Party extended both women an eager invitation to join her caucus, as did various members of the New Democrats.  Both parties badly want Wilson-Raybould and Philpott to join their caucus in senior leadership roles, but their stature easily outshines that of the New Democrats’ Leader Jagmeet Singh.  

Managing the micro-politics could be difficult.  It’s unclear if Singh or May would be willing to step aside as Leader.  Several senior figures in the NDP fear that, if the women join the Greens, it would be felt like a stunning blow to any energy or momentum that the NDP can hope for ahead of elections.  They dream aloud of a merger between the two parties — The Green Democrats — suddenly led by a slew of substantial nationally known figures.

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is being urged by his caucus to consider stepping aside to invite the former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to serve as Leader.  The NDP fears that Wilson-Raybould, were she to issue a national call for candidates, has the public goodwill to recruit and field a full slate, coast to coast.  That could create an existential crisis for the NDP. 

Several dissident Liberal Party operatives, some with longtime ties to the newly appointed Treasury Board President Joyce Murray, want the MPs to establish a new center-left ‘Progressive Party’ party on a populist platform focused on supply-side housing policy that addresses affordability, in addition to government ethics, and constitutional reforms that protect the independence of the justice system.

That agenda — housing affordability, government ethics, and the independence of the justice system — would substantially replace the Liberal Party in Parliament, by his analysis, appealing to a ‘disaffected majority’ of Liberal voters.

The SNC Lavalin scandal has badly tainted the Liberal MPs who have been most willing to publicly defend Trudeau.  Maryam Monsef‘s mindless nodding behind Trudeau in the House of Commons, as he articulated transparently deceptive assertions, now makes her reelection implausible.  Operatives call it the curse of the camera angle and are already using the footage to test campaign spots against every MP who had approvingly gestured behind Trudeau as he lied to Canadians on the House floor.

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The legal principles on which Wilson-Raybould objected to partisan interference in the justice system highlights a broader need for sweeping new separations of powers.  Too much power in the Canadian system emanates from the Crown rather than from the people or from the Provinces, as is the foundation of the American constitutional system.

Bardish Chagger, the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons who speaks for the Trudeau government when he is not present in the House, has endured embarrassing footage that makes her look untruthful, repetitive, and resistant to facts.

A Liberal operative from Markham describes the caucus members as “dangerously shallow and doting politicos who lack stature and the wisdom of tenure” that have, historically, acted as a check on the power of the Prime Minister.  He argues that the political culture being promoted by Trudeau’s leadership style is built on the kind of bile and retribution that has enabled dictatorships in parliamentary systems around the world.

Now that the Trudeau government is increasingly likely to be ousted in the October elections, many political prognosticators predict that Wilson-Raybould will emerge in the wake of those sweeping losses as the most powerful political figure in Canada — most likely as the Leader of the Official Opposition, he posits.

He only wonders under what Party brand she will decide to lead it.

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Joyce Murray, the new Treasury Board President, has been finding ‘unsettling’ federal payments made on such contrived premises that they strain credulity.  Ostensibly unrelated to the Trans Mountain Pipeline’s approval, the payments are suspectly timed to the government’s push to begin construction on the $7 billion infrastructure project.
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3 Comments

  1. Thank you for your continued coverage and hope you will follow with copy on the threat of lawsuit from PM Trudeau against Andrew Sheer. Censorship is unacceptable to Canadians yet the liberals continue their focus to shut down commentary if it does not fit their narrative. Sharing all your articles.

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