Jumping the SNC shark
Andrew Scheer disturbed everyone’s weekend responding to a notice from Justin Trudeau’s lawyer threatening with libel lawsuit for suggestion the PM had politically interfered.
I have a simple question. Why?
Scheer apparently received the notice March 31, and he waited a week to let everyone know. Why? His interest is to bring this on, like, yesterday. Because if the lawsuit goes forward, anyone can be called to testify, under oath, and any and all documents can be requested as evidence. It’s the perfect opportunity for the Opposition to make sure nobody in the country forgets about this story, and stretch this along all the way to the election. Why wait? It’s to his advantage to parade around stiffly asserting his intention to stand by his words.
But the bigger why is for Trudeau’s strategy in this. Is there even one? In a courtroom he doesn’t control anything. Timing, proceedings, list of witnesses. That’s all out of his hands. What possessed him to think a lawsuit might be a good idea?
A trial takes time, guaranteeing the issue doesn’t go away for weeks and months. The drip-drip-drip can be deadly to one’s reelection chances. Even if Trudeau is convinced Scheer was wrong to suggest political interference, why not leave this in the political sphere, where he has more control than in a court of law?
Now, every day that he doesn’t proceed journalists are going to ask Trudeau why not. If he does proceed he finds himself embroiled in a long, detailed exposition of what went on, an endless rehashing of everything he’s desperately hoping he can put behind him.
Like just about everyone, I want to know exactly what happened and would enjoy it if those who thought shielding that company was a good idea could get what they deserve. So maybe for us voters a trial is a good idea, especially if we make sure we have enough popcorn.
But if I were a Trudeau supporter, this would make me doubt his ability to know what to do in a political crisis of his own making. I might even be tempted to start thinking about replacing him before he does any more damage.