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The First Shoe Drops!

Today Gerry Butts resigned. This is not a surprise as someone had to pay the price in PMO for the SNC- Lavalin mess. However, there is nothing at this point to link him directly to the scandal.

All too often political players get attacked in the media with little if any evidence of actual wrong-doing. We have had plenty of evidence of that over the last few years- just think of the Senators who were pilloried in the media as just one example.

While there will be all sorts of speculation and pontification from various pundits and media types trying to link him to the resignation of the minister- no one really knows at this point if he was involved or not. That story has yet to come out.

I spent over 15 years doing political issue management and one thing it taught me was to never fully believe the first days run of any story. As I used to say to staff, this is only the first shoe to drop, do what we have to do, but wait for the second shoe to drop as well.

With the election fast approaching the Liberals had to quickly shut down this issue before it damaged their brand as badly as the sponsorship scandal did to Chretien and Martin. We will see if it worked this time or not.

Either way with the loss of such a skilled political advisor the election dynamic has suddenly changed.

The SNC-Lavalin scandal still has a lot of twists and turns in it. There will be plenty of other shoes to drop before this story is done. It will be quite a ride, sit back and enjoy it.


Reader Comments (3)

There are no other shoes to drop. JWR will be invited back into cabinet and that will be the end of it.

February 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Anon could be right. JWR’s father said long ago that she wanted to be Prime Minister.

February 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMax

As a partisan, I'm glad to see the Liberals squirm.

However, some convincing arguments are being put forward about the rationale for the Liberals trying to allow SNC-Lavalin to escape prosecution because of the potential loss of jobs. Had they explained that position up front from the beginning, the Liberals' future prospects would be just as sunny as before, given the NDP's low standing in the polls.

The blame game they played, with planted rumours about JW-R's difficult character and Scott Brison's sudden 'retirement', sounded ridiculous. The Justin Trudeau mantle of Feminist-in-Chief and the Great Reconciliator is showing some wear.

But whether we conservatives want to admit it or not, our brand is not as marketable as the Liberals' -- particularly since some conservatives are bent on further dividing the vote. Maybe the Liberals will survive this -- much to my chagrin.

February 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGabby in QC

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