What happened to the WE scandal?
What’s Canada’s real deficit?
And, in particular, how can it be that a person has been obviously unethical, to the point of breaking the law, and so often, and still, that person hasn’t been indicted yet?
A series of questions that have been appearing with alarming regularity on sundry social networks, with a serial official silence following them.
One of the posts added another question: how come this person, meaning Canada’s own Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, hasn’t been investigated yet?
For the record: he was investigated, and not only that, he was convicted by his own government’s ethics commissioner.
And, for another record, the WE scandal was peanuts when compared with other affairs, such as the SNC-Lavalin imbroglio.
White as pure lamb
One thing that hit me when the election fraud scandal started down below the 49th parallel: Elections Canada published a statement almost immediately afterwards. The announcement said that this kind of thing couldn’t happen here because, you see, in Canada, we count all the votes by hand. Scrutineers from all parties represented in each riding are present and check the counting, too. Nothing untoward like this can happen in Canada, Elections Canada said, thus indirectly suggesting their officials in fact did believe something untoward was indeed happening in the U.S.
To be precise: Dominion Voting Systems Inc. has not been involved, at least, not officially, in Canada’s federal elections. On the other hand, its fingerprints shine for all to see in a number of other Canadian elections, such as some provincial, municipal, and political party leadership votes.
The speed with which Election Canada went public could have been caused by the undisputable fact that the company whose machines and software have been wreaking such havoc in all disputed elections they were used in (not only in the U.S., but elsewhere, too: Venezuela, anyone?) resides at 215 Spadina Ave., Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2T4, Canada.
Dominion Voting Systems describes itself as a leading industry supplier of election technology across the U.S., Canada and globally.
Dominion further trumpets that it is “the ONLY provider in the market with fully-flexible and scalable election technology that can be customized for any jurisdiction.”
What Dominion Voting Systems does NOT say is that its vice president of U.S. engineering, a self-identified Antifa member Eric Coomer, has been on public record as stating his anti-Trump views and a number of similar beliefs.
But, ignoring all allegations of stolen American elections, the Canadian question still remains unanswered: how is it possible that an accused and convicted law-breaker could have been voted in, and not once, but twice, and the second time it would come on the heels of several massive scandals?
His government’s own ethics commissioner concludes the Prime Minister broke the law. And what would happen? That same Prime Minister would remove the ethics commissioner and place into office a person that, he hopes, would be more pliable.
Systemic or systematic error?
Yes, the Canadian voting system, inherited from Great Britain, is flawed. First-by-the-post just does not cut it ten times out of ten. A government-forming party could have won fewer votes than the party that would end up forming Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.
On the other hand, it still sounds better than the proportional systems that have been favoured in most continental European countries. While they may differ from one country to another, they still lead to much more backdoor politicking than the system we’ve got here.
But, and this is the most important omission in Canada’s election laws, we haven’t any semblance of recall legislation whatsoever. Our so-called politicians (politickers would be more just), with the intrepid Prime Minister leading the charge, have been showing us day in and day out how useful it would be.
As it is, what we’re left with is a statement by Elections Canada that there can be no underhanded skulduggery in our federal elections.
This, by the way, would be the same Elections Canada that a federal election ago granted political party status to a professional association a.k.a. the media guild that runs matters within our public broadcaster, the CBC. That journalists should be above everyday politicking is one side of the coin, as is the fact that this application, in and of itself, should have caused Parliament to stop funding the outfit right then and there, and have it sold for spare parts. But, in any case, the fact that Elections Canada even saw fit to consider this outrageous chutzpah should have led to its own bitter end in the scrapheap of history.
Still, we’re told that we should trust our voting system, just because Elections Canada told us to.
If there is one thing I learnt in my (too) many years in journalism as a profession, it’s this: don’t believe any rumours until they’d been officially denied.
Since I simply can’t accept that so many Canadians would be so stupid as to elect this Liberal Party gang of rascals, and not once but twice, to boot, I have to give way to a paranoia I never knew I had suffered from.
Granted, Andrew Scheer lost the last election for the Conservative Party. Not too many people would accept him as their national leader. And it remains to be seen whether Erin O’Toole shows any better than his predecessor in Conservative office. They have both been guilty of seeking favour from the mainstream media, the only place they should have avoided more than Satan would avoid the cross.
But, no matter these misgivings, we still provide room and board at 24 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 1M4, Canada to an arrogantly illiterate buffoon who only brings worldwide ridicule and shame on our country and will leave it in a terribly worse shape than it used to be when he came on the scene.
Seeing all this, would you believe that Trudeau got in fair and square?
I would not.