A high-profile Liberal MP will not be running in this fall’s federal election. Andrew Leslie, a retired lieutenant-general elected in 2015, is stepping away from politics after ONE TERM as a member of parliament.
Leslie took on “special responsibilities” as parliamentary secretary, focusing on the Canada-U.S. relations file. He held the position during NAFTA negotiations last year involving Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.
It’s quite the mass exodus at Liberal government central. Andrew Leslie, Jane Phillpot, Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Nova Scotia MP Rodger Cuzner, Scott Brison, Jody Wilson-Raybould, and several others. Yet, our establishment media do not position the collective resignations as a sign of mass rejection of Justin Trudeau’s government. In this manner, media assist Trudeau by obscuring the essence and meaning of the multiple departures.
The situation with Andrew Leslie relates to the trial of suspended Vice Admiral Mark Norman. Mr. Norman is currently being tried for an alleged leak of cabinet documents related to shipbuilding contracts. Norman is a constituent in the riding MP Leslie represents. Leslie had Norman work on his team when he led the controversial 2010 transformation report on the Canadian military.
Vice-Admiral Norman served as the military’s second-in-command before being suspended and charged with breach of trust for allegedly leaking government secrets to influence cabinet’s decision on a $700-million shipbuilding contract. Mr. Norman denies any wrongdoing. His legal team has alleged the case against him is politically motivated. This should shock no one, as everything the Trudeau government do is politically motivated. Norman is presently being bled dry of his personal finances as government refuse to cover his legal expenses.
As with the case of Jody Wilson-Raybould, the Liberal government are attempting to railroad Norman into silence and complacency. This is how Justin Trudeau operates when MP’s fail to do exactly what he tells them to do. Thus, another one bites the dust. One simple headline could properly encapsulate the broader picture– perhaps “Mass Exodus Within Trudeau Government As Another MP Quits”–or something to this effect.
But it will not happen- at least not within establishment media such as CBC and Globe & Mail. A $600 million pay-out by Trudeau to media ensures limited exposure of political warts within government. Is it enough for Trudeau to pull the wool over voters eyes in anticipation of the October federal election nears? Cultural Action Party Of Canada predict Trudeau will fall, and fall hard.
— B. SALZBERG