Twin Sides of the Same Coin: Political Corruption Pervading the West

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This week was a rough one for leaders in North America. President Donald Trump, despite dodging the allegations made against him of collusion with Russia thus far, has found himself in rather hot water over a hearing with Michael Cohen, his former lawyer. Likewise, The Donald’s peace talks in Hanoi with Kim Jong-Un seem to have fallen flat. Even taking this at face value, it doesn’t look good for 45. Cohen has admitted to lying in the past, so one wonders how much of his testimony is truth and how much is fiction, but simultaneously managing to fail on brokering any real peace with North Korea at the same time will quite likely undermine a great deal of the confidence people had in his leadership.

Not to be outdone, however, the Canadian Commander-in-Chief Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also implicated in a scandal of his own this week surrounding Montreal based construction firm SNC-Lavalin. After Attorney-General Jody Wilson-Raybould accused Trudeau and other officials in his cabinet of putting political pressure on her to defer SNC-Lavalin’s criminal corruption hearing in lieu of paying a fine, Trudeau claimed that he denied such allegations. In the Prime Minister’s opinion, it is up to Mario Dion, the federal ethics commissioner, to decide if any corruption occurred. The great irony of this being, of course, that it was that same ethics commissioner who ordered the investigation into the case to begin with.

Of course, the action taken by Trudeau some weeks past now regarding his actions to pay off failing newspapers in the country is something I’ve already discussed, but as more news comes out surrounding Lavalin, we must keep our eyes open and stay diligent to the happenings of the officials around us. What might the motivations of Cohen or Wilson-Raybould be? How likely are their stories? What truth can we, as citizens, uncover surrounding these issues?

I find it highly unlikely that Cohen’s testimony will lead to any action against the Trumps, just as I find it unlikely that Mario Dion will rule against Trudeau. Andrew Scheer, seen loudly demanding for Trudeau to step down following Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, was also happy to discuss the possibility of deferment with Lavalin’s CEO Neil Bruce not even a year ago, though it is not clear what exactly Scheer’s stance was at the time.

More and more it seems to me that the political class in North America is a different breed of beast than the average person, above the law and immune to the repercussions of their actions, an immunity they appear to be all to happy and willing to share with those who help get them into the positions they occupy.