VIDEO: [CBC] Astonishing commentary from Sheila Copps: Old-time Liberal slams Wilson-Raybould, Philpott for not quitting party, if they have no confidence in PM. “Hang together, or hang separately.’ [Mar.5, 2019]
It’s a serious question. The Trudeau government is in the midst of its worst political crisis in its existence and one of the worst crises any government has faced in the last 40 years. And the prime minister is the leading character — some might say the precipitating character in this crisis.
The country’s first Indigenous justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, quit cabinet. Why? “I resigned from cabinet because I did not have confidence to sit around the cabinet table.”
Then, a few days after that, the prime minister’s close friend and principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigned. Why? “I could not allow our friendship to be held against him so resigning was the right and necessary thing to do for the office and for the prime minister.”
Then, a few days after that and after watching how Trudeau and his core group of remaining advisers were handling this crisis, Jane Philpott quit cabinet. Why? “I have lost confidence in how the government has dealt with this matter and in how it has responded to the issues raised.”
So, serious question: Prime minister, are you apologizing today?
“I continue to say [there was] no inappropriate pressure,” Trudeau said in reply to that question. “Obviously [we’re] reflecting on lessons learned, Canadians expect that of us, any time we go through periods of internal disagreement, or challenges to internal trust that we have, there are things we have to reflect on, understand and do better on next time.”
Apparently, no one should have been surprised that Trudeau did not apologize.
“He will always double down when under pressure,” an unnamed Liberal source told Reuters news agency. “That’s his way.”