Clerk partisan in SNC-Lavalin affair

Until hearing about the testimony Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council, gave before the Commons Justice Committee last Thursday, I was unaware that omnipresence (being everywhere at the same time, like God) was one of his attributes.

But it must be so, as he was able to unequivocally state that the Trudeau cabal never pressured ex-Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould on the SNC Lavalin file.

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He would surely have had to have that extrasensory capabilities to know that, quite aside from the cabinet meetings - which he does attend and where one would hardly expect illicit pressures to be openly spoken of - nothing was said in any other face-to-face meeting or phone call with the likes of mover-and-shaker Butts.

Of course, if by any chance, Wernick does not have that ability, we'd have to conclude that his testimony was partisan special-pleading, the words of a sycophant who doesn't like it at all when unruly media and everyday citizens, the unwashed hoi polloi, dare to suggest that his bosses are up to no good.

If that is the case, by the way, it's not the first time that Wernick has got ugly when esteemed groups he's part of,come under attack. In 2015, as a member of Carleton University's Board of Governors, Wernick referred publicly to student protests against tuition hikes that disrupted a board meeting, as having "no place in a lawful democratic society - (the) tactics of Brownshirts and Maoists."

Ah, the wonderful, dare I say, sunny view from such high places.

Norman Dale

Prince George

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