Blanche, remember Jody Wilson Raybould? She was Canada’s first Indigenous attorney general. In a nutshell she got thrown under the bus by Justin. Here is the story in a nutshell:
Did the prime minister, someone in his office or other government officials try to pressure Jody Wilson-Raybould when she was attorney general to step in and resolve the corruption and fraud case against SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. in an effort to spare the Montreal-based engineering giant from criminal prosecution?
She was eventually forced to resign from the liberal party, ran as an independent and won. Today she announced she is not running again for anything. What is very interesting is the letter she penned to her constituents. Let’s just say she didn’t hold anything back:
…First clap for her: I have not made this decision in order to spend more time with my family. Unlike most other politicians who cowardly hide behind their families when they should be owning up to their incompetence or whatever they did to force them to resign, JWR told the truth.
…Federal politics is, in my view, increasingly a disgraceful triumph of harmful partisanship over substantive action.
…We’ve been through and continue to go through incredibly challenging times: a pandemic and the first tentative steps down the road to recovery; shattering revelations about our history and the urgent need for true justice and reconciliation; a growing crisis of climate change that is setting villages on fire. If none of this can shake our partisan patterns of behaviour, what can?
And the sentence which we liked the best: The erosion of governing principles and conventions to the point where there are limited or no consequences for wrongful acts undertaken for political benefit.
In other words, nobody in government has any skin in the game. They pass edicts while keeping their salaries and jobs. Nothing in their lives change while the little peeps suffer. No skin in the game.
Good people in government like JWR are few and far between and her leaving is a great loss to all of Canada.
The endless heartbreaking tragedy in Surfside Florida, with the collapse of the Champlain Towers condo building, goes from bad to worse.
Yesterday it was announced that rescuers switched from search and rescue to recovery. One cannot begin to fathom the agony of waiting two weeks to at least be able to bury a loved one, or in some cases, entire families.
Who will pay the price for this catastrophe? In the end, probably no one. Yes, as they do in plane crashes, engineers and other professionals will piece together parts of the building and find out why it collapsed into itself crushing those sleeping in their beds. But who will bear the actual monetary responsibility is anyone’s guess.
Those who survived and have nothing, absolutely nothing but their lives have deal with finding everything from a pair of socks to a place to live to furnishing their new homes. Yes, there are funds set up for them, but that cannot bring back the priceless memories that are gone forever. We guess they are happy to just be alive. How sad.
Woah…how the mighty fall. Big mouth now ex-lawyer Michael Avenatti was sentenced to 30 months in prison today for trying to extort Nike of up to $25 million. It appears he was crying in court after the judge got through with him. Believe it or not, he was actually thinking of running for president at one point.
From the sentencing judge: “Mr. Avenatti had become drunk on the power of his platform, or what he perceived the power of his platform to be. He had become someone who operated as if the laws and rules that apply to everyone else didn’t apply to him.”
Sound familiar? His defense team pleaded with the judge for leniency in the case, arguing that Avenatti had faced enough public humiliation during the case already. This is one instance where someone actually got exactly what they deserved.
The summer olympics in Tokyo are slated to begin July 23 and run through August 8. That is, if they actually happen.
Today Olympics organizers banned all spectators from the games. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Add to that today Japan announced a state of emergency that will begin Monday July 12 and run through Aug. 22. Doesn’t bode well for those games at all. In fact, if they actually happen it will be a miracle.
And now more aggravating news about our borders from the leader of our no-skin-in-the-game prime minister, Justin Trudeau.
At 3:00 pm today he said the following: He will not jeopardize Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by opening the border to unvaccinated foreign travellers any time soon. Agreed.
But what about Canadians who have been double vaccinated? Why can’t Justin tell Biden – ok, you can open the land border to vaccinated Canadians? What’s wrong with that?
Or what about travelers who have been double vaccinated. Why can’t they come into Canada?
Then there’s Health Minister Christian Dubé who says Quebec will rely on a “vaccination passport” to avoid a “general lockdown” in the fall. Can we talk?
We have the QR code that says we were double vaccinated. It says download but guess what? There is no software to download said code. Doesn’t exist.
So how exactly is the government going to issue these vaccination passports? And who is going to monitor them? Does Dube think that stores who were closed for months on end are going to start asking for vaccination passports before allowing their customers in? Not.
Maybe Papa Legault is going to start a new police force called the Passport Police. You know, like the language police. Ya never know.
Haiti is in gehakte (a lot) of trouble. Their president was assassinated in his home Wednesday night. There seems to be zero law and order there and no one able to take charge.
That country literally goes from one catastrophe to the next, with each one worse than the one before. Now they are looking down the barrel of yet another hurricane. What a colossal mess.
Good Shabbos We’ll talk…