Three of his political concubines have already quit. Where will it go from here?[Ted Byfield Blog] A rebellion has broken out in the Trudeau harem, said a friend of mine gleefully last week. Three of his favorite lady MPs have already left, and more may follow. The sultan of that harem obviously has no idea what to do about this, and his efforts to resolve things keep making them worse.
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The harem, needless to say, is the half of the Liberal caucus at Ottawa which by decree of the sultan, the Right Honorable Mr. Justin Trudeau, must be female. I dealt last week with the first insurrectionist, the Honorable Ms. Jody Wilson-Raybould, the ex-attorney general. The second was the Honorable Ms. Jane Philpott, the ex-chairwoman of the Treasury Board. Both these attributed their departure to the incompetence of the sultan’s administration. This really hurt the poor man because he deeply wants people to love and admire him. Some plainly have stopped doing both.
The Philpott resignation was terse but also telling. She gave her reason for resigning as the government’s (some-would-say) squalid handling of the SNC-Lavalin case. She writes: “I must abide by my core values, my ethical responsibilities and constitutional obligations. There can be a cost to acting on my principles, but there is a bigger cost to abandoning them.”
With the third woman to resign, things got decidedly worse. This was Celina Caesar-Chavannes, the ex-parliamentary secretary to the prime minister who answers for him when he’s not in the House. She was not entitled to be called “the Honorable” but she was certainly female. Her criticism did not so much concern the Trudeau style of dealing with the government as with his style of dealing with people. Her accounts in the media of the prime minister’s behavior, after she told him she wouldn’t be running again, sound like the script of a bad soap opera.
“He was yelling,” reports Ms. Caesar-Chavannes in the Globe and Mail. “He was yelling that I didn’t appreciate him, and he’d given me so much.” He promptly apologized, she continues, and she agreed to reconsider her decision. When she approached him a week later, “I was again met with hostility. This stare-down… then him stomping out of the room without a word.
“He came back and said, ‘I’m sorry; I shouldn’t have done that.’ I was upset and left. I was angry.” Ms. Caesar-Chavannes later sounded penitent but wasn’t: “I was angry because this guy holds a lot of power. In the first conversation I asked him to consider the impact on my family, and he didn’t do that.”
This article continues at [Ted Byfield Blog] New problem for Sultan Trudeau: his parliamentary harem is in revolt