LILLY: Trudeau says he has no “undue influence” on the RCMP commissioner, in the same language as in the SNC.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has finally spoken out about allegations that he interfered in the investigation into the 2020 Nova Scotia massacre for political reasons. His choice of words should be a wake-up call to Canadians who don’t believe politicians should use cops or tragedies to advance their political agendas.

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In evidence released this week by the Mass Victims Commission, the public inquiry into the April 18-19, 2020 massacre repeatedly raised allegations of political interference. Handwritten notes from one of the investigation’s leaders stated that RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucky had requested release of information that officers said could jeopardize the investigation.

“Did your office, or any other office, exert pressure, luck or negotiation with the commissioner to release specific information about these killings to help advance gun legislation?” Trudeau was asked.

“We didn’t exert undue influence or pressure,” Trudeau said.

He went on to state repeatedly that Commissioner Lucky’s statement made it clear that there was no promise to release information that would help the government develop gun control legislation. The truth is that there was no such denial in Lucky’s statement. Her statement is a rather weak denial of political interference in the investigation.

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When politicians speak, especially on such matters, their words are carefully chosen. Trudeau didn’t say, “We didn’t exert undue influence or pressure,” in a casual manner. These words were carefully chosen by his staff to make sure he was telling the truth.

It has been influenced whether Trudeau or someone in his office pressured the commissioner to push for disclosure, Trudeau just doesn’t see it as inappropriate. It was just the right amount of pressure and influence, and in the end it was for a good reason, meaning what he wanted to do.

Similarly, he talked about the pressure he put on Jody Wilson-Raybould, his former Attorney General. Trudeau met with Wilson-Raybould and his staff held several meetings with her to try to convince her to change her mind as part of the prosecution.

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When she didn’t want to do what he wanted, he pushed her out of the closet. He actually fired her for refusing to intervene in a criminal case.

When he was caught, Trudeau first called the story false and then claimed he had no “undue” influence on Wilson-Raybould. In the end, he said that he acted – that is, intervened in a criminal case – to save jobs, so that the end justifies the means.

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He now says he did not put undue pressure on the RCMP commissioner to release the information. When we see more evidence that he or his staff actually did it, Trudeau will say it was all for the common good, to make Canadians safer with his gun bans.

In other countries, corrupt countries, politicians are in charge of the police and are involved in deciding who to accuse and who not to blame. This should not be the case in Canada, we should have independent police, prosecutors and judges.

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We have already seen that Trudeau tried to influence prosecutors in the criminal case against SNC-Lavalin, now we have evidence that his government tried to influence the police in connection with the horrific massacre – all to advance his political agenda.

This is not something we should accept, even if you support Trudeau or his gun control plans. If he is again allowed to get away with this kind of interference because the public accepts him, what will they say when another politician they do not support tries to do so in the future.

Canadians deserve better.

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