MP Jody Wilson-Raybould leaves Parliament Hill after a short visit in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Photo: The Canadian Press

LETTER: Sad tale of ineffective politicians

From reader Charles Jeanes

Canadians’ practice of democracy without polarizing into extremes is a wonderful strength, and somewhat rare these days. Within this tradition of balanced partisanship, a prime minister’s character is an important factor. Our present PM, as part of his brand, insisted he stood for “a different kind of politics.”

Justin Trudeau promised it and younger Canadians believed it. It seems that Jody Wilson-Raybould might have attempted an experiment in a new way of governing ethically, but she operated within an unchanged a partisan-parliamentary landscape.

Was she asking for an idealism no one can live up to within the given system? Did she fully grasp the ambiguity of “appropriate” conversation in the deferred prosecution agreement process (a very new and untried process in Canada)?

And, did she really expect Liberals would react any other way than expulsion, to her relentless exposure of their leader’s ineptitude in this tale of very bad communications?

Trudeau has looked incompetent and clumsy for sure, but Wilson-Raybould cannot be cast as an unsullied heroine.

Politics might be changed for the better, to make them more ethical, but Wilson-Raybould has not shown she has understood how to move that worthy objective forward.

She is, it must be emphasized, a neophyte in politics, promoted to a very high post with minimal experience. No one in this sad tale emerges as brilliantly effective at their job.

At the end of any evaluation of this long saga involving Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould, a Canadian will ask if the former ought to be turfed out. If one decides yes, he deserves to lose an election, one is accepting Andrew Scheer and his party as the viable alternative. Quelle horreur!

I cannot imagine preferring Conservatives to Liberals on most issues. I vote Green, but in circumstances where my vote might mean Scheer as PM, should I vote my conscience, I would vote Liberal.

Charles Jeanes


Just Posted

Four fires still burning in West Kootenay

More than 25 fires were started by lightning in the last week.

New residential building under construction at Kerr site

Ground has broken on a four-storey, 44-unit mixed use building

Castlegar police seek dawn home intruder

Man walked into house at 4 a.m., asks son about mother

Nelson woman celebrated for achievement in literacy

Paulina Mason was honoured by the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy

Eleven communities to attract newcomers to support middle-class jobs

The program includes unspecified West Kootenay communities

VIDEO: Sexting teens at risk of depression and substance abuse, Canadian study says

Use of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana were also found to be associated with sexting

VIDEO: Toronto Raptors announcer credited with calming crowds after shooting

Matt Devlin, the Raptors’ play-by-play announcer since 2008, was praised for preventing panic from spreading

Mini-horse visits residents at Lower Mainland care home

Gunner turned a visit with grandpa into a major event for everyone at the residence

Women sue former Vancouver cop over alleged sexual abuse during pimp case

Two women claim James Fisher caused psychological trauma during the Reza Moazami investigation

First ever Indigenous person to join the RCMP to be honoured in B.C.

Hawk Kelly said becoming a Mountie was his dream job as a kid

Deadline for cabinet to decide future of Trans Mountain expansion is today

International Trade Minister Jim Carr described the decision as ‘very significant’

Mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of B.C. inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused B.C. cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Most Read