Jaws dropped throughout the Canadian political scene when it was revealed that Gerald Butts had been officially welcomed back into the federal Liberal fold, and would be assisting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his re-election bid.
This news came out earlier last week, with a CBC report explaining the former principal secretary – who resigned smack dab in the middle of Lavscam – would become “senior political strategist.”
This is the same Butts who was one of the subjects of Jody Wilson-Raybould’s damning public testimony earlier this year.
Warren Kinsella put it well in his latest Sun column: “Him, the one who also told the chief of staff to the Attorney-General of Canada that Trudeau’s cabal wanted to short-circuit the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, a Liberal Party donor. Him, ‘Gerry,’ who famously said of interfering in the coming corruption trial of SNC-Lavalin that ‘there is no solution here that does not involve some interference.’”
As noted earlier before news of Butts’ position was made public, it seemed as though the Liberals had their swagger back and the Canadian public had largely forgotten about the troubling scandal that had many prominent individuals calling for the RCMP to investigate the Prime Minister’s Office for obstruction of justice.
Those legal repercussions never surfaced. But that doesn’t mean the players were formally cleared of wrongdoing. It just meant there was no investigation. The stench And so the return of Gerald Butts speaks volumes. It seems Trudeau does not believe Lavscam was a serious problem. Rather, Butts was just shuffled away until things cooled down and brought back when the Liberals believe it was politically safe to do so.
As Lorrie Goldstein argued in his latest column, this is also a sign that the Liberals haven’t turned a page and will just repeat their same old shenanigans if re-elected for a second term.
There’s a term for this: arrogance.
Kinsella sums it up well: “Liberal arrogance has felled many a Liberal government. It is the greatest Grit weakness. And the return of Gerald Butts signals its unfortunate return, in marquee lights.”
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