Fear and Loathing on Parliament Hill: Will #MeToo Implicate Justin Trudeau?
Is a “very, very powerful” politician about to be outed?
High-profile Liberal operative, Warren Kinsella, has thrown the Canadian political scene into high anxiety by stating a “very, very powerful” politician is about to be outed by the #MeToo movement.
When? Well, soon, apparently. Maybe within hours.
Those not in the loop can be forgiven for not noticing, but those who live in the bubble of federal and provincial politics are more than simply intrigued by the potential of a famous name being destroyed.
They are on the edge of their seats.
“There are other men who are about to be exposed. Count on it,” Kinsella recently promised. “The media have been on their trail for many weeks.
“Once it gets through the editors — once it is okayed by the lawyers — other men will be going down.
“It is overdue. It is needed,” added Kinsella.
“One of these men is very, very powerful. The stories have been known about him for three years. There are affidavits, plural.
“His name will shock you.”
It took such a grip on the political set that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked point blank during a media scrum Tuesday if he knew the identity of the politician Kinsella was alluding to.
Trudeau had a one-word answer: “No.”
Prior to that, the PM was asked if he had any skeletons in his moral closet as he reflected on all the politicians on the recent landscape — former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown, for example, Ontario PC Party president Rick Dykstra, former federal Liberal cabinet minister Kent Hehr … the list goes on — falling like disgraced dominoes over sexual impropriety allegations, their careers not only circling the bowl but effectively flushed down the toilet.
His answer was long and convoluted. Lots of hems, and a fair amount of haws.
What he said, basically, was that he had been a women’s advocate since his days 25-plus years ago while attending Montreal’s McGill University when he helped lead the charge as a feminist collegian and put women’s issues on the highest of pedestals.
In other words, his answer was “No.”
But, suffice, those questions would not have been asked of Trudeau if many in the media scrum did not think he might end up having to do a lot more explaining as prime minister of this country.
So, when is this “very, very powerful” politician expected to be outed and become political roadkill once unspecified media agencies get their lawyers to give it the green light?
Friday, it is now speculated.
In an interview with CBC radio’s The House, to be aired Saturday, Trudeau said his government is attempting the balance listening to the victims and giving the accused politician a modicum of due process.
It was his way of partially explaining why Hehr is still in caucus while other offenders in his fold, such as Hunter Tootoo and Darshan Kang (who also offered his accuser $100,000 in hush money), are sitting in the back benches as independents.
“Every case will be different,” said Trudeau, adding “I don’t have a rule book that’s been handed down to me from Wilfrid Laurier, as leader of the Liberal party, on how to handle these situations.
“This is new for organizations to have to deal with in this way,” he said. “And, we are doing the best we can on a case-by-case basis.
In the meantime, a senior Liberal source told the Sun MPs are running scared at the prospect of the rumoured bombshell and the political media are waiting with bated breath for the big penny to drop concerning the “very, very important” person whose name according to Warren Kinsella will “shock you.”
This is like red meat to a starving dog.