Friday 1 March 2019

Daily Digest March 1, 2019.

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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>NATIONAL NEWSWATCH<<<<<<<<

Lametti says he didn�t know Wilson-Raybould rejected cutting SNC-Lavalin a deal

Nathan Cullen joins long list of NDP MPs who won�t seek re-election
        Veterans� groups fear their priorities will be lost in the constant shuffle of ministers
Feds green-light formal extradition process for Meng Wanzhou
        Caught in the SNC-Lavalin scandal, Canada�s top civil servant should help us understand his job, expert says

Trudeau shuffles three ministers to fill vacancy left by Wilson-Raybould
        Lametti discussed SNC-Lavalin with PMO after swearing-in
Legal community mixed on whether SNC-Lavalin scandal warrants criminal probe
        Laurentian Consensus at the centre of Trudeau�s latest bungling []

Four important questions in the SNC-Lavalin scandal
        Liberal MPs are rattled in the wake of Wilson-Raybould�s revelations
Wilson-Raybould�s story has ring of familiarity for working women
        It�s time for Justin Trudeau to put his cards on the table
Here�s an inconvenient truth, Trudeau�s brand is broken
        Trudeau needs the magic of doubt and persuasion to defuse SNC-Lavalin scandal

Why all this effort by the Liberal government on behalf of SNC?
        Justin Trudeau needs to live up to his own standards

Deal for SNC-Lavalin could still be on the table, says Trudeau�s public services minister
        Trudeau speaks to Trump about tariffs, sources see little progress
Climate Change Worries Open Minds to Modern Nuclear Technology
        Wary Of Reach Into Media
PM �hiding� behind Ethics Commissioner on SNC affair, opposition says
        Butts to testify after Wilson-Raybould alleges �consistent� pressure on SNC-Lavalin case
Trudeau now finds himself up to his neck in the SNC-Lavalin scandal
        The Trudeau brand takes a hit after Jody Wilson-Raybould testimony
The moral catastrophe of Justin Trudeau
Damning testimony from a principled witness

Today sounded and felt like a death knell for the Liberal government
The unbearable lightness of Justin Trudeau
DND extends life of submarine escape suits beyond expiry date as fleet shows its age
Canada, Mexico divided on Venezuela amid united push for new NAFTA
Can Wilson-Raybould and Wernick both be right?
MPs hold emergency debate on SNC-Lavalin scandal
Quebec�s justice minister says Jody Wilson-Raybould�s allegations raise �troubling� questions
How Quebec is reacting to Jody Wilson-Raybould�s bombshell: �Nobody is a friend of Trudeau�
Bill Morneau denies wrongdoing on SNC-Lavalin
        �I believe that she spoke � her truth,� Freeland says of Wilson-Raybould testimony

Trudeau says ethics watchdog to decide truth in SNC-Lavalin affair as Scheer calls for RCMP investigatation
        Trudeau says RCMP has not contacted him about SNC-Lavalin affair
Trudeau undecided on Wilson-Raybould�s fate in caucus following her testimony
        Legault worried about SNC�s Quebec jobs amid fallout from Wilson-Raybould claims
SNC-Lavalin dispute deepens as Wilson-Raybould testimony at odds with PM�s take
        Wilson-Raybould alleges �consistent and sustained� effort by Trudeau, officials to �politically interfere� in SNC case
Federal auditor general�s office cancels work for lack of money
With more oil to be shipped by rail, train derailments show enduring safety gaps
Notley says new energy assessment bill conflicts with purchase of pipeline
Wilson-Raybould�s convincing testimony may cost Trudeau his job
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE POLITICS<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Michael Wernick�s the last person who should be monitoring election fairness -  
        The Trudeau virtuecrats come tumbling down - Rex Murphy, National Post
Jody Wilson-Raybould testimony was �Canada�s Indigenous constitution in action,� say experts    
        �Constitutional crisis�: MPs hold emergency debate following Jody Wilson-Raybould�s testimony -
Trudeau needs the magic of doubt and persuasion to defuse SNC-Lavalin scandal -
        How the Harper bogeyman is haunting Trudeau�s government - Chris Selley, National Post
Notley and industry forge �common front� fighting Ottawa�s Bill C-69 - Chris Varcoe, Calgary Herald
        Liberals table �historic� Indigenous child welfare bill - The Canadian Press, Toronto Star
Trudeau announces Canada will be partner in NASA-led Lunar Gateway project -
        Conservatives say it�s time to call in the cops - Brian Lilley, Toronto Sun

B.C. Liberal MPs mainly mum on ex-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould�s explosive testimony
        Aeroplan deal, new capacity expected to boost Air Canada this year- Emily Jackson
Huawei pleads not guilty to trade secrets charges in Seattle- CTV News
        How this week�s proposed shakeup of CRTC could lead to cheaper wireless plans-
Alberta to ease oil production cut again, cites lower storage levels-

Ch�timents corporels

        Le pasteur et sa femme formellement accus�s et remis en libert�

�B�tons�, �r�gle en bois� et �2 x 2�

        Un ancien fid�le raconte les s�vices qu'aurait inflig�s le pasteur

D�tention � Vancouver

        D�but du processus d�extradition de la dirigeante de Huawei

Conflit de travail

        Des policiers de Mont-Tremblant sous �coute dans leur propre poste?

Adieu, le froid?

        �On risque de basculer dans le printemps assez vite!�

Lettre commune

        Affaire SNC-Lavalin: l�opposition maintient la pression

Affaire SNC-Lavalin

        Quand Mathieu Bock-C�t� se porte � la d�fense de Justin Trudeau!


        Remaniement � Ottawa: Marie-Claude Bibeau passe � l'Agriculture

Avant la campagne �lectorale

        Lis�e aurait offert son poste de chef du PQ � Hivon

Grogne interne

        Contest� par les militants, le pr�sident du PLQ d�missionne


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOONIE WORLD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Cohen�s Reminder That This Presidency Isn�t Normal - Franklin Foer, The Atlantic
        Sanders compares Trump to Obama in walking away from North Korea deal -
The Media Will Re-Elect Trump - Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal
        House Democrats explode in recriminations as liberals lash out at moderates -
Summiting for Dummies: Why Trump Failed in Hanoi - Samantha Vinograd, The Daily Beast
        Why Cohen�s WWE Body Slam Against Trump Was Credible - Michael Stern, USA Today
A Clash at the Cohen Hearing Reveals the Left�s Racial Divide - Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times
        Labour moving towards plan to let May�s Brexit deal pass if it faces public vote-
Russia and China veto US resolution urging new elections in Venezuela- France 24
        Suitcases in hand, women protest Northern Ireland�s abortion laws- NYT News

Bin Laden: US offers reward for Osama�s son Hamza- BBC News
        Captured Indian pilot at centre of Kashmir crisis to be released- Al Jazeera

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>THE LEBANON DAILY STAR<<<<<<<<

Venezuela's Guaido says 600 military officers have abandoned Maduro
        Chlorine used in attack on Syria's Douma in 2018: watchdog
Pakistan says it has returned downed fighter pilot to India
        US imposes more sanctions on Venezuela amid humanitarian aid fight
Spain to give 400,000 Britons residency in event of hard Brexit deal
        NATO chief: bloc preparing for more Russian missiles
Venezuela's Maduro moves an office of state oil company to Moscow: VP
        No deal preferable to current one: UK ex-Brexit secretary
US-backed SDF expects 'fierce battle' in final Daesh enclave
        Hezbollah says �strongly rejects� British decision to designate it a terrorist organization

Israel's Netanyahu jolted by corruption recommendations
        US, North Korea offer dueling accounts of talks breakdown
Religion and ethnicity: How Turkey controls Syria
        Migration myths versus actual economic facts
Overcoming the ideology of climate inaction
        Record number of robots put to work in 2018 by U.S. firms
As Assad holds on, the EU�s �strategic patience� is tested
        Russia: Syria asylum-seekers need to go back home

Scientists in UAE breed salt-loving crops, but world is slow to bite
        Israeli forces should face justice for Gaza killings: U.N.
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Two facts to add to David and Jeff's writings to us use these on Google:
SNC-Lavalin. Montreal hospital corruption
wilson-raybould pressure judges appointment

From: David Bell
Subject: RE: Daily Digest February 27, 2019.


Re: Jody Wilson-Raybould, M.P. I most certainly welcome her to my Party.
How about you?

As a old businessman and an older trouble-shooter, and an even older and keen enthusiast of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, I have learned and stick (stubbornly) to the principle of never wasting time drawing conclusions based on almost no evidence.

I�ve been following (like many) the SNC story. I am completely confident that the story has been repeated and recited by numerous news writers who do not understand what they�re talking about. News organizations today are starving and cannot afford to hire anyone who knows what they�re talking about.  I am fully confident that I do not have anything approaching a cognizant grasp of what SNC did (overseas) or did not do.

I am therefore unwilling to invest in legal or moral judgment of what they did and how they should be treated by the law. It is easy to imagine, for instance, that they did nothing they should censured for in Canada. I DON�T KNOW.

It is easy to imagine that JWR�s decision on this issue might have been out of touch with reality. I don�t know.  Her judgment/communication following the Colten Boushie trial decision was outrageously prejudicial and illegal. She should have been fired. Please do not interpret this as support for JT (a grievous combination of kindergarten platitudes and condescension).

I can tell you, having worked with over 350 technology businesses, in the 80�s and 90�s, many of whom were doing business overseas, that most were engaged in business practices that were common and required overseas, but were extraordinary and illegal in Canada, the U.S. and western Europe.

APPROXIMATELY any technology business, doing business in at least 50% of the world, follows business practices that are illegal in Canada if tthey are unwilling to do this, there is no business. And yes, for obvious reasons, they don�t want to talk about it.

Paying off Government officials, for instance, to get a contract  is common, expected and required practice in one third of the world.  It�s simply �good manners.� They are offended if you don�t make an offer. There are various forms of this.  In about half of the world, the �law� is only applied to players who do not �cooperate� and so �breaking the law in cooperation with officials� (overseas) is common and required practice. Mexican officials told me in the mid 90�s, that no supplier/importer actually meets Mexican regulations and it would be silly for us to worry about it. This was during NAFTA implementation negotiations.

Earlier I had worked with an exporting technology business in the 80�s. We shipped automation equipment to Brazil, on �overnight� drug delivery boats returning from deliveries to the U.S. There was at the time, no other means of getting product into Brazil because the drug cartel that owned the �Brazilian exportation agency facilities� to facilitate the drug sales, naturally also owned the �Brazilian importation agency facilities.� We paid the key Brazilian Government Official (in getting the order) with a large boatload of bananas (honest) so his fee (for accepting our bid) could not be detected in his bank account.

In parallel and at the time, Australia had decided (in a completely insane moment) to use only local Australian computer technology (there was almost no such thing as Australian computer technology in the 80�s) and to protect their local suppliers by foisting a ludicrous and prohibitive tax on imported computer equipment. This meant Australia had almost no access to automation equipment (which we wanted to sell).

We were able to sneak our industrial automation technology into Australia by moving it on sheep boats, returning from delivering sheep to China, and having the equipment certified by paid off Chinese dock officials as �used equipment� under the pretext that it had been imported into China (for a day).  Since it was therefore �used in China,� it was not subject to the Australian tax. The equipment was delivered to select �used computer equipment redistributors in Australia� who then sold it to our �customers.�

I could tell you story after story after story. But the bottom line is, this is how most of the world operates.  MOTW = Africa, India, China and Indo-China, South and Central America, Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. If you�re an exporter, that�s MOTW.

Make any ethical decision you want but be prepared too live with the physical consequences.

David Bell

From: John Feldsted <>
Subject: Wilson-Raybould a shining hero for standing up for the rule of law

Licia Corbella
Calgary Herald
Updated: February 28, 2019

There are numerous Liberal partisans online referring to Jody Wilson-Raybould as a traitor.

Nothing could be further from the truth. As ancient Roman senator Junius stated before his death in 359 AD: �The subject who is truly loyal to the chief magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures.�

In other words, a truly loyal subject will adhere to the rule of law no matter the political pressure put on them � and oh, my, but it�s a wonder Jody Wilson-Raybould (or JWR as she�s become known) wasn�t turned into a diamond, so intense was the pressure put upon her by the Prime Minister�s Office on behalf of Quebec-based engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin.

That Liberals are upset with JWR for her testimony Wednesday before the Commons Justice Committee is understandable. She delivered a bombshell. Whether the government will survive her revelations in the next election will be up to Canadians and how much they � like JWR � value the rule of law.

JWR testified that she was contacted by 11 officials, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the PMO, the Privy Council Office and Finance Minister Bill Morneau�s office on the SNC issue from September to December 2018, when she �experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the attorney general of Canada in an inappropriate effort to secure a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with SNC-Lavalin,� she said.

During a meeting on Sept. 17, which included Wernick, JWR was asked by Trudeau to �help out� SNC-Lavalin, which lobbied the PMO dozens of times in an effort to avoid criminal charges of bribing officials in Libya between the years of 2001 to 2011, by instead facing a DPA.

�In response, I explained to him the law and what I have the ability to do and not do under the Director of Public Prosecutions Act . . . . I told him that I had done my due diligence and made up my mind on SNC and that I was not going to interfere with the decision of the DPP (director of public prosecutions).�

To that, she said Trudeau told her �that there is an election in Quebec and I am an MP in Quebec � the member for Papineau.� Not surprisingly, JWR said she was �taken aback.�

The pressure, what she called �a barrage of people hounding me and my staff,� continued, she said.

On Dec. 19, Wernick told JWR �that the PM is quite determined, quite firm but he wants to know why the DPA route which Parliament provided for isn�t being used,� she told the committee. �He said: �I think he is gonna find a way to get it done one way or another. So, he is in that kinda mood and I wanted you to be aware of that.�

�I issued a stern warning because as the AG, I cannot act in a manner and the prosecution cannot act in a manner that is not objective, that isn�t independent,� she told the committee in her almost four hours of testimony. �I cannot act in a partisan way and I cannot be politically motivated. And all of this screams of that,� she said.

On Jan. 7, JWR received a call from Trudeau telling her she was being shuffled out of her role as minister of justice and attorney general. �I stated I believed the reason was because of the SNC matter. They denied this to be the case,� she said.

And yet this remarkable woman stood her ground. The pressure didn�t cause her to crumble, rather it turned her into an even finer diamond.

What�s most heartening about JWR is when all of this pressure was being applied on her and her staff to break the law for SNC, she didn�t know that these backroom dealings would ever be exposed for all the world to see, and she did the right thing anyway.

JWR closed her statement by saying that her understanding of the rule of law has been shaped not just by her family and her four years as a Crown prosecutor in Vancouver�s notorious Downtown Eastside, but that �the history of Crown-Indigenous relations in this country includes a history of the rule of law not being respected . . . and I have seen the negative impacts for freedom, equality and a just society this can have first-hand.�

�We either have a system that is based on the rule of law, the independence of the prosecutorial functions and respect for those charged to use their discretion and powers in particular ways � or we do not,� she declared.

So, whether this scandal has a lasting negative impact on Trudeau and his government depends on Canadians and how much they value one of the key foundation stones of our great country � the rule of law and the constitutional principle of prosecutorial independence.

The fact that JWR refused to advise or submit to arbitrary measures even when she believed nobody but those in the room would ever know is the opposite of a traitor. It makes her a truly loyal subject to Canada � which she called �the greatest country in the world.�

For that, the whole country should say, �gilakas�la.� Thank you.

Licia Corbella is a Postmedia opinion columnist.


The attachment is a copy of Wilson-Raybould�s speaking notes, too long to reproduce here.

John Feldsted


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