Canada’s Tuesday Night Massacre – The SNC-Lavalin backstory – Salim Mansur

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Apr 122019
 

On Tuesday, April 2th, 2019 former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould and former President of the Treasury Board Jane Philpott were kicked out of the Liberal Party Caucus by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in what Salim Mansur, Professor Emeritus of Western University is calling Canada’s “Tuesday Night Massacre.”

Here Salim delves deeper into the backstory of the SNC-Lavalin scandal suggesting that Wilson-Raybould was right in refusing to grant a Deferred Prosecution Agreement to the Quebec engineering giant for alleged bribes to Libyan officials speculating on possible ‘grim’ consequences from said bribes.

Prof. Mansur explains that Justin Trudeau and his coterie were breaking hundreds of years old traditions by allegedly attempting to interfere in the administration of justice.

602 – SNC-Lavalin and the rule of law – With Salim Mansur

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Apr 042019
 

Justin Trudeau, Jody Wilson-Raybould

Does Canada operate under the ‘rule of law’ or under the ‘rule of Trudeau’ and political expediency? As Canadians find themselves drowning in details about the scandal involving Quebec construction giant SNC-Lavalin, the correct answer to that question may depend on the greater story that has yet to be seen in its full context.

Most people quite correctly understand that the controversy involves alleged political interference and obstruction of justice by the Prime Minister’s office concerning a criminal prosecution case against SNC-Lavalin. But few seem aware of the original circumstances that led to the decision to prosecute the company against the wishes of Prime Minister Trudeau in the first place.

It appears that many have come to cynically conclude it’s just another ‘business-as-usual’ case of bribery and corruption so often encountered when dealing with totalitarian regimes. (In this case, the totalitarian regime in question was the country of Libya during the final days of the period when Muammar Gaddafi was its president.) Not so, says Dr Salim Mansur, professor emeritus, faculty of social science at Western University. Continue reading »

The corruption disruption – The Danielle Metz Show 052

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Mar 122019
 


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The clouds are circling around Prime Minister Justin “Sunny Ways” Trudeau in the form of a scandal regarding Canada’s largest construction company: SNC-Lavalin, based in Trudeau’s home province of Quebec.

The Prime Minister’s Office, officials and even the Prime Minister himself have been accused of pressuring the then Attorney General and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to override the Director of Public Prosecution and give SNC-Lavalin a walk on bribery and fraud charges during an election year. When she didn’t, she was fired.

She did not go quietly.

What does this scandal mean for the fate of the federal Liberals in Canada? Just what does it say about the state of Canadian politics in general? Join Danielle and Robert to find out.

Feb 212019
 

police with megaphones

It’s remarkable how many people passionately support government initiatives for reasons demonstrably false and/or contrary to their own declared intentions or objectives.

Today, we examine three issues where this phenomenon prevails. (1) the promotion of gun control as a means of ‘preventing’ injuries and death; (2) the promotion of a ‘single payer’ state run system to ‘prevent’ those in need of medical care from being unable to pay for such care; and (3) the support of ‘Amber Alerts’ as a means of ‘preventing’ tragic outcomes in criminal child abduction cases.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” goes the old saying. But this once reasonable perspective has now been turned into a ‘pathology’ of ‘preventative prescriptions’ that have more to do with creating narratives, than with ‘preventing’ undesirable outcomes.

The latest example occurred last week when an “Amber Alert” was issued in Ontario regarding the abduction of 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar. Police received hundreds of complaints about how the alert was issued, and with good reason. Continue reading »

Jan 272019
 

Being required to ‘prove a negative’ perhaps defines one of the fundamental roots of injustice (to say nothing of irrationality), and yet, that is what Canada’s latest round of ‘drunk driving’ laws (under Canada’s Bill C-46) actually does.

Under the new ‘drunk driving’ laws, those caught over the ‘legal limit’ any time within two hours after having last driven a motor vehicle, can now be required to ‘prove’ their sobriety when they last drove. Being over the legal alcohol limit any time within two hours after having last driven is now considered an impaired driving offense, even though not driving at the time.

And when a sober Mississauga driver returned what was deemed to be an ‘excessive’ number of bottles for recycling at his Beer Store, he found himself forced to take a breathalyzer to prove his sobriety.

Given an absence of ‘probable cause’ and the requirement of reverse onus, in their assessment of this situation Danielle and Robert entertain the possibility of an encroaching ‘police state.’ Continue reading »

Nov 292018
 

Tommy Robinson with Andrew Lawton

With a first-hand account of several arresting developments in the ‘re-trial’ of Britain’s Tommy Robinson, guest Andrew Lawton shares some of his personal observations about the real story behind the on-going trials of Tommy Robinson. As a fellow of the True North Initiative, Andrew recently found himself face-to-face with members of the British media while attending court proceedings there.

It turned out that there was less to report about Tommy, than about how the British media has (not) been reporting the arresting developments related to his ‘contempt of court’ charges. To complicate matters, discussion about the issue at the core of the entire controversy – immigration and the problems related to political Islam – is not tolerated.

Having declared the media an “enemy of the people,” Tommy Robinson does not risk alienating a media that might otherwise objectively report the facts surrounding the sheer injustice to which he has been subject. Britain’s mainstream media, like the North American mainstream media, is primarily Leftist in nature, cocooned in an environment where ‘facts-don’t-matter.’

In an age where people can see the ‘facts’ for themselves thanks to modern technology and communications, the contrast between what the mainstream reports and what people can see is difficult to avoid. Yet the Left does indeed avoid it, without apology. Continue reading »

Sep 202018
 

The New York Times

That there are those who would regard the New York Times’ anonymous admission of a crime to be an ‘op-ed’ is astounding: “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration. I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations” reads the Sept 5, 2018 headline.

How is it possible that an admission of this sort can be considered ‘opinion’?

This is no ‘opinion.’ It is an assertion of fact on the part of its writer. It is not possible to argue that claiming to be part of a ‘resistance’ is an ‘opinion.’ Nor does the blind rage and hatred expressed against Trump in the same editorial qualify for ‘opinion’ status since it is utterly baseless and presented without a single example or referent on which that ‘opinion’ is based. It is not opinion; it is hate speech.

All participants in this crime, including the New York Times, which has admitted knowing who the criminal is, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent that US law allows. Continue reading »