Lots of politicians are hypocrites. Some of them might even claim it’s in the job description to say one thing and do another. But Justin Trudeau would never say that — not the Justin Trudeau of 2015, at least. But 2019’s Justin Trudeau? Well, there’s been a whole lot of “business as usual” claims from his government in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
So what happened to sunny ways — the transparent and positive governance Trudeau promised Canada when he became prime minister? Was it always a lie? How did we get from there to … this? And would this scandal be so damaging to a “normal” politician? Or is it the fact that Trudeau had the gall to brand himself so differently that makes the revelations of the past three weeks so damaging?
GUEST: David Moscrop, political theorist, writer (Maclean’s, Washington Post), author of Too Dumb for Democracy?
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