VIDEO: Former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s secretly recorded conversation with now resigned privy council head Michael Wernick about the SNC-Lavalin scandal contradicts claims made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other liberal party members. [Mar. 29, 2019]
In an interview with the West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said the allegations of attempted political interference at the heart of the SNC-Lavalin scandal and the resulting outcry over the affair are likely linked with Trudeau’s “smug” response to Indigenous protesters at a Liberal donor party last week, for which he was forced to apologize the next day.
“Now that he’s under tremendous pressure from the Jody Wilson-Raybould/SNC-Lavalin issue, Mr. Trudeau is really revealing himself to be who he really is, which is a very self-centred, conceited, arrogant individual and I think that was demonstrated with his very smug, mean-spirited response to the Grassy Narrows demonstrators,” said Phillip, who is also president of the B.C. Union of Indian Chiefs.
“He’s such an arrogant individual. It’s very disturbing and very disappointing.”
A video posted to Twitter on Wednesday night showed Trudeau delivering a speech during an event for some of the Liberal Party’s biggest donors at the luxury Omni King Edward Hotel.
Protesters interrupted to call for action from Trudeau to help the First Nations community of Grassy Narrows, which has long suffered the effects of mercury poisoning from industrial dumping.
Trudeau responded to protesters by saying repeatedly, “Thank you for your donation,” while donors gathered in the crowd around him laughed and cheered as the protesters were removed from the venue.