Rex Murphy: Who speaks for Canada? Not Trudeau, but Jody Wilson-Raybould

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As the only MP for everyone, for every party, for every leader, she put an end to a major change and a disastrous precedent involving the Canadian constitution

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I agree that some things are so strange, so wandering, that they are at least very difficult to ignore. Almost impossible to miss it or pretend it didn’t happen.

Imagine a person in a position of strength – okay, let’s unwind the whole rope. Imagine an MP treating his office as if it were an exit station for a nudist colony, and going all over Adam, full of darlings, while communicating with other MPs on the Zoom machine. They were wearing clothes.

He explained that this was an oops-a-daisy (my bad) moment, which would never happen again, and that deep down he knew Zoom wasn’t much of a strip joint hearing aid. -tease more progressive.

A week or so later, he treats the world, well – Ottawa anyway – with another back to nature moment, again on Zoom, where he makes a projection of himself by diffusing a golden arch in the office coffee mug. Taken aback, he was. In his defense, he pointed out that he was on a landline this time, and it should be noted that the toilet was a good six feet away.

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It’s, I agree, a storm in a cup of coffee, but still hard to completely ignore. But think about it. This cup of coffee as port-a-pot will garner at least as much, perhaps more attention than Jody Wilson Raybould’s one-woman stand against Bill 96. That’s the stalwart Wilson- Raybould, who was the only one last week to deny the Bloc Québécois. motion that the House recognize the right of Quebec to amend the Constitution itself. Wilson-Raybould, although I don’t know how many recognize that this has taken us away from a constitutional precipice.

The Constitution is the fundamental law. It is the law upon which all other laws derive their integrity. It is the law that feeds all other laws. You don’t play with it. You are not playing with him for political ends, in this case to garner votes in Quebec. Constitution is greater than politics. And yet there they were, our parliamentary sentries on a late spring afternoon, on the verge of giving unanimous support to a separatist resolution granting one province and one province the authority and right to change this constitution.

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  1. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses for photos during the National Day festivities June 24, 2016 in Ste.  Thérèse, Quebec.

    Rex Murphy: Justin Trudeau kneels for the “nation” of Quebec

  2. Independent MP Jody Wilson-Raybould speaks in the House of Commons in 2020.

    Wilson-Raybould cancels hopes of unanimously adopting Bloc motion on Quebec nation and constitutional change

Is this kindergarten in Ottawa? Is there an adult in this large room elsewhere? Yes. But there is only one: Wilson-Raybould. And she’s shown herself that twice. Once, under the wrath of PMO and Justin Trudeau, she refused to bend the criminal justice system to accommodate the wishes of “high ranking officers” in her own government.

Now, as the only Member of Parliament for everyone, for every party, for every leader, she has put an end to a major change and a disastrous precedent involving the Canadian constitution. To Elder Trudeau’s necessary question during a time of national conflict: Who speaks for Canada? – today’s answer is JWB.

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She spoke for Canada. And she is independent. Hit a coin and put this woman’s face on it.

Jean Chrétien’s sage and wizarding advisor, Eddie Goldenberg, broke the silence on this, and he is right to do so. He has memory, experience, and a brain, and there is no over-supply in our current policy.

He published an opinion piece in this Another Place, warning the young Trudeau, that attempting this unfathomable concession is dangerous, that he “falls into the trap of the (first) Legault”, that “there is nothing unilateral in what Quebec proposes ”, and sternly warns that once the Pandora’s box of constitutional change is opened, the division is stoked.

Now the Liberals go hand in hand, unanimously with the Bloc, I can understand. Don’t forgive, understand. They see political advantage, and political advantage is their polar star and their ark and the holy grail of the natural ruling party. For Quebec to change the constitution it refuses to sign, that is the road to electoral victory.

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But why do the rest of the MPs robotically agree with the Liberal strategy? Why are Conservative MPs from Alberta voting for a separatist resolution? Is there no MP in all the Prairies who can see the uproar it will bring, the precedent it will set and the anger it will create in their constituents? Why has Erin O’Toole, with so little to no public consultation, jumped on the bandwagon and offered a lying yes to this mischief?

I can’t figure it out. Why are its members not asserting themselves? All the members of this caucus voted for this daring madness.

From Jagmeet Singh and the NDP, it is not worth raising the issue. He and they have voluntarily, if not eagerly, moved from “Commons consciousness” to clones of the Trudeau wish-maker.

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Above all, there is this earthquake of irony. The only province that has not signed the Constitution seeks the power to change it, and exclusively to its advantage.

It is increasingly difficult not to simply despair of our politics. We are not a serious nation, we are more and more divided, more fragments of a still cohesive nation than a mature country.

And this is the worst possible time to be ruled by insecure people. The current government is superficial, its management incompetent, its recklessness (Constitution, budget and vaccines) unprecedented, and its understanding of the whole country is fatally curtailed. They know Ontario, they really know Quebec, and the rest to them is just foggy wheat, tundra, and some sort of Disneyland – beautiful beaches, Tofino in particular – to the west of the West. .

It is a sad time for Canada. It will soon be, when COVID finally retires, will be both sad and sinister.

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