Rapporteur David Johnson, Eminent Canadian

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Yeah, I’m not a Trump fan boy by any means, but he did flub it on that one… and I’m not a fan of Freeland, especially since she got caught lying…sorry, “manipulated media” bullshit… but he did make a good point about the rats leaving the sinking ship.
Ms. Freeland is a "bobble head" - I call her that because every time Trudeau speaks, she's nodding her head - just like a bobble head. It's funny (maybe a little disheartening) to watch!!
 

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Is he though? Or is he a former friend of Papa Trudeau, but not Justin Trudeau, that might actually be impartial maybe and not the Slam-Dunk Justin would be banking on or he wouldn’t have been chosen I’d assume.
You are generous , but he can sit on this indefinitely and still preserve his reputation. He will simply release his report calling for an inquiry to take the next big mess off the front page . Trudeau can stand up before Canadians and call for an inquiry like the great leader he is . Of course the results from said inquiry will not be known until the next election is over .
 
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Is he though? Or is he a former friend of Papa Trudeau, but not Justin Trudeau, that might actually be impartial maybe and not the Slam-Dunk Justin would be banking on or he wouldn’t have been chosen I’d assume.
Trudeau picked him , do you not think they spoke first ?
 

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You are generous , but he can sit on this indefinitely and still preserve his reputation. He will simply release his report calling for an inquiry to take the next big mess off the front page . Trudeau can stand up before Canadians and call for an inquiry like the great leader he is . Of course the results from said inquiry will not be known until the next election is over .
Its all up to Singh. The only slam dunk in Justins future is the opposition going with a non-confidence vote.
 

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended naming former governor general David Johnston as the special rapporteur to investigate foreign interference in Canadian elections, a day after opposition parties criticized the choice.

“He has served as a governor general, he has served in many capacities, and the integrity and the character that he has demonstrated every step of the way, is absolutely unimpeachable,” Trudeau said Friday.

Johnston was appointed governor general under former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, and served in the role from 2010 to 2017. On Wednesday, Trudeau named Johnston as the special rapporteur, following weeks of media reports that the Chinese government meddled in the 2019 and 2021 election campaigns.

In the press conference Friday, Trudeau in turn criticized the Conservatives, saying the party is “simply not interested in actually getting answers.”

“They are engaging in horrific partisan attacks against a man of extraordinary integrity, and if everyone needed a really clear indication that partisanship is more important to Conservatives then actual facts in reality, their completely unfounded attacks on David Johnston are exactly that.”

Trudeau sidestepped reporters’ questions about his own relationship with Johnston or his role on the foundation bearing his father’s name.

The details of Johnston’s mandate haven’t been released yet. The Liberal government has said it will follow Johnston’s recommendations, which will be made public. Those recommendations “couldinclude a formal inquiry or judicial review.

Trudeau and senior Liberals have characterized opposition questions about China interfering in Canada’s elections as “partisanship.” Since this line of attack has been persistently and loudly vocalized, it is obviously a deliberate tactic.
 

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended naming former governor general David Johnston as the special rapporteur to investigate foreign interference in Canadian elections, a day after opposition parties criticized the choice.

“He has served as a governor general, he has served in many capacities, and the integrity and the character that he has demonstrated every step of the way, is absolutely unimpeachable,” Trudeau said Friday.

Johnston was appointed governor general under former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, and served in the role from 2010 to 2017. On Wednesday, Trudeau named Johnston as the special rapporteur, following weeks of media reports that the Chinese government meddled in the 2019 and 2021 election campaigns.

In the press conference Friday, Trudeau in turn criticized the Conservatives, saying the party is “simply not interested in actually getting answers.”

“They are engaging in horrific partisan attacks against a man of extraordinary integrity, and if everyone needed a really clear indication that partisanship is more important to Conservatives then actual facts in reality, their completely unfounded attacks on David Johnston are exactly that.”

Trudeau sidestepped reporters’ questions about his own relationship with Johnston or his role on the foundation bearing his father’s name.

The details of Johnston’s mandate haven’t been released yet. The Liberal government has said it will follow Johnston’s recommendations, which will be made public. Those recommendations “couldinclude a formal inquiry or judicial review.

Trudeau and senior Liberals have characterized opposition questions about China interfering in Canada’s elections as “partisanship.” Since this line of attack has been persistently and loudly vocalized, it is obviously a deliberate tactic.
He appoints this special rapper to hide and says the conservatives don’t want answers . Unbelievable.
 

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Is he though? Or is he a former friend of Papa Trudeau, but not Justin Trudeau, that might actually be impartial maybe and not the Slam-Dunk Justin would be banking on or he wouldn’t have been chosen I’d assume.
I don't see him being chosen unless turdOWE was positive of the outcome.
 
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended naming former governor general David Johnston as the special rapporteur to investigate foreign interference in Canadian elections, a day after opposition parties criticized the choice.

“He has served as a governor general, he has served in many capacities, and the integrity and the character that he has demonstrated every step of the way, is absolutely unimpeachable,” Trudeau said Friday.

Johnston was appointed governor general under former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, and served in the role from 2010 to 2017. On Wednesday, Trudeau named Johnston as the special rapporteur, following weeks of media reports that the Chinese government meddled in the 2019 and 2021 election campaigns.

In the press conference Friday, Trudeau in turn criticized the Conservatives, saying the party is “simply not interested in actually getting answers.”

“They are engaging in horrific partisan attacks against a man of extraordinary integrity, and if everyone needed a really clear indication that partisanship is more important to Conservatives then actual facts in reality, their completely unfounded attacks on David Johnston are exactly that.”

Trudeau sidestepped reporters’ questions about his own relationship with Johnston or his role on the foundation bearing his father’s name.

The details of Johnston’s mandate haven’t been released yet. The Liberal government has said it will follow Johnston’s recommendations, which will be made public. Those recommendations “couldinclude a formal inquiry or judicial review.

Trudeau and senior Liberals have characterized opposition questions about China interfering in Canada’s elections as “partisanship.” Since this line of attack has been persistently and loudly vocalized, it is obviously a deliberate tactic.
Don't forget that Harper had a minority government. There had to be a certain amount of tradeoffs to stay in power.
 

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Justin Trudeau wants you to know that it’s “horrific” to question his decision to pick a family friend to investigate election interference involving him and his Liberal Party.

Trudeau went out of his way on Friday to blast questions about China’s election meddling as nothing but partisan games while telling Canadians repeatedly that he takes this issue seriously.

“We need to be able to deal with serious issues responsibly and seriously, because that’s what Canadians deserve,” Trudeau said.

Trudeau takes the issue so seriously that he appointed David Johnston — a family friend, according to the PM — to look into the matter.

Country over party, country over everything — that’s how our society should work.
But, sadly, it doesn’t.

How can Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accuse the Conservatives of playing partisan politics about foreign interference in the last two federal elections, while Liberal MPs are working to prevent his chief of staff, Katie Telford, from testifying about what she knows?

They are filibustering at a parliamentary committee looking into the issue of election interference, which basically means hogging the floor by talking endlessly about irrelevant issues in order to prevent a vote on requiring Telford to appear before it.

The opposition parties want to question Telford — Trudeau’s most powerful aide — on whether the Prime Minister’s Office was briefed about allegations of interference in Canada’s elections.

It’s not a complicated question and if her answer is a convincing “no,” then her appearance before the committee to testify shouldn’t take long.

If her answer is “yes,” that will lead to other questions about what, exactly, the Prime Minister’s Office knew about allegations of interference by China in the last two federal elections, when did it know about it and what did it do about it?

Anyway, a couple interesting links…
 

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s appointment of former governor general David Johnston as his “eminent rapporteur” on foreign interference by China in the last two federal elections is a classic “wag the dog” political strategy.

Wag the dog, short for the tail wagging the dog, means distracting from a politically damaging issue by creating a diversion.

Trudeau appointing Johnston is the diversion.

The damaging issue is Trudeau’s refusal to call a public inquiry into election interference, which the opposition parties, many security experts and 70% of the public want, according to the polls.

Adding to the controversy, Trudeau has refused to answer basic questions on what he knew about foreign interference and when he knew it, raising a concern about whether he declined to act because China was reportedly working to re-elect a Liberal government, albeit a minority one.

Trudeau’s dismissive approach to the issue had him taking fire from all sides, including the media.

His answer was to wag the dog. On March 6, Trudeau announced he would appoint a yet-to-be named “eminent rapporteur” to advise him on whether to hold a public inquiry. Nine days later, on March 15, he announced Johnston would be his “eminent rapporteur.”

In the wake of that, the public debate has now shifted away from why Trudeau won’t answer basic questions about foreign interference, why he won’t order a public inquiry and why the Liberals won’t allow his chief of staff, Katie Telford, to appear before a parliamentary committee to answer questions about what the Prime Minister’s Office knew about foreign interference.

Now it’s about whether Johnston has an apparent conflict of interest because of his long-standing friendship with Trudeau, with Trudeau responding to criticism of his appointment by defending Johnston’s integrity as a non-partisan appointee because he was appointed governor general by former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper.
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This is how wagging the dog works.

Obviously Trudeau is playing for time, believing public interest in the issue will die away as other issues take over the news cycle.

As Terry Glavin of the National Post rightly observed, Trudeau is ragging the puck by using Johnston’s appointment “to run interference for him in the matter of what he knew, when he knew it and why he didn’t say or do anything about Beijing’s interference operations in the 2019 and 2021 federal elections.”

Next up for debate will be the mandate Trudeau gives to Johnston to advise him on foreign interference, and, after that, what advice Johnston gives to Trudeau, weeks or months from now, about whether to hold a public inquiry.

Something that will keep the story alive is the security official who leaked secret and top-secret documents to the Globe and Mail about election interference anonymously explaining his reasons in a Globe column Friday, titled “Why I blew the whistle on Chinese interference in Canada’s elections.”

The source, described as a “national security official,” said he (or she) acted because despite years of warnings about the growing threat of foreign interference in Canada’s elections, “no serious action was being considered” and “evidence of senior public officials ignoring interference was beginning to mount.”

The source said while he (or she) doesn’t believe foreign interference “dictated the present composition of our federal government” or that “any of our elected leaders is a traitor to our country … the growing impact of foreign interference on our ability to enjoy a free and fair political process is undeniable.”
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The Liberals have been obstructing a parliamentary committee that has attempted to force Telford to testify on the issue. The Liberals on the committee have mounted a filibuster each time the committee meets to prevent a vote on a Conservative motion to call Telford. They maintain that political staff should not be subjected to hours-long interrogations by MPs. So far, they have clocked 24 hours in speeches.

Blocked at committee, the Conservatives plan to force the House of Commons to vote on the matter next week (which at this point should be in tomorrow being Monday 03/20/23).

They have tabled a notice on the Parliament’s website that they intend on using their opposition day motion on Monday to call on Telford to appear at one of two parliamentary committees probing Chinese interference in the last two elections. The motion says she would testify for no fewer than three hours and no later than April 14. The vote on the motion should technically take place on the next sitting day, which is Tuesday.

The question is now whether other opposition parties (= Jagmeet Singh, ‘cuz the Conservatives & Bloc…& supposedly the NDP unless they waffle) will vote in favour of this new motion, which could possibly find Telford in contempt of Parliament if she still refuses to testify.

Trudeau would not say whether his government would make the motion a vote of confidence next week, when asked by a reporter during a press availability in Guelph, Ont., on Friday….& that Cry Wolf Bullshit is getting pretty tired.

A confidence vote would raise the stakes for all the parties as it would mean the government could fall if they lost it. That would put the NDP in a “delicate” position, as the party agreed through a confidence-and-supply non-coalition coalition’s coalition to keep the minority Liberals in power until 2025 and Damn the Torpedoes!!
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The whole plan seems to be yell squirrel until they find someone to throw under the bus. So fat, TurdOWE is trying to focus attention on the whistle blower for letting the cat out of the bag.
we must not let this happen, otherwise our whistleblower protection laws will become useless.
 

Ron in Regina

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The Laurentian elite, typified by both Johnston and Trudeau, is principally of British and French descent, uniformly white and actively keeps Canadians of other backgrounds out of the corridors of power. The stubborn persistence of this privileged class is hardly synonymous with the racial justice our prime minister so breathlessly trumpets.

Times change but the Liberal party stays essentially the same. The party may have picked up a fashionable anti-racist patois in recent years, but it remains, foundationally, a party of the Laurentian elite. Trudeau’s recent appointment of close chum David Johnston shows just how insular this ruling clique truly is.
 
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OTTAWA — All eyes will be on New Democrats on Tuesday as they decide whether they will support the Conservatives’ motion to compel the prime minister’s chief of staff to testify on alleged Chinese interference in past elections.
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Conservatives used their opposition day motion — which provides an opportunity for parties to bring forward a motion of their choice in the House of Commons — on Monday to force a debate on the issue that the Liberals have been fighting for weeks.
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Since early March the Liberal members on a Commons committee have been filibustering to prevent a vote on the Conservative motion calling for Katie Telford to testify.
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So Monday, the Conservatives brought a similar motion to the entire House.

They say Telford holds the key to understanding what Justin Trudeau knew about reports that Beijing attempted to sway the outcome of some of the races in the 2019 and 2021 federal elections and what he did about it.
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While the NDP members of the committee supported the motion, it is less clear if Jagmeet Singh’s entire caucus is willing to back it. The party signed a non-coalition coalition agreement with the minority Liberal government last year to support them on key bills until 2025 to ensure the government doesn’t fall.
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In a rare move, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre called out the leader of the NDP during question period, insisting that he has the “deciding vote” on Tuesday.

Holland (a Liberal MP & Government House leader) declined to confirm, however, that the Liberal government is considering making Tuesday’s vote a matter of confidence. If so, it could bring down the government if it failed to pass.
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That option would put the NDP in the awkward position of being responsible for plunging the country into an election if they decided to vote against the government??? No no no no….The NDP wouldn’t be responsible for the the Liberals deciding to make this vote a matter of confidence…for “they” wouldn’t be responsible for Trudeau’s game of chicken or crying wolf….the NDP would just be the woman Trudeau throws under the bus this time ‘cuz it’s 2015-ish.
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