It is interesting to see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blame the media and opposition parties for the latest uproar over his and his party’s “cash for access” issue.
Isn’t this the standard fallback position for every government that got caught doing something that they shouldn’t be doing? So what happened to Trudeau’s much promised and repeated new way of doing things? What happened to being open and accountable?
Trudeau set the guidelines for his ministers, IE avoid even the slightest hint of conflict of interest. His mutterings about following the guidelines are just a lot of hot air.
Let us not forget that he wrote the guidelines and he is the one who would therefore know the loopholes. Clearly he is exploiting a loophole that large numbers of Canadians, politicians of all political stripes and media types find distasteful. Rather than a new way of doing things this is a return to the old way of doing things.
Trudeau had a choice to demonstrate some leadership and he blew it big time. He could have admitted the guidelines that he wrote needed to be toughened up to prevent these “cash for access” situations from arising. He could have walked away from the issue and salvaged something from it. Instead he fell back on the standard talking point followed by many a politician before him when caught doing something he shouldn’t be doing.
His arrogant response was to blame the media and blame the opposition parties instead of looking in the mirror and admitting that he screwed up!
In just over a year the old Liberal arrogance is back; proof positive for the Conservatives and NDP that this guy can be beaten in 2019.