Justin Trudeau is looking for someone willing to do a very tough job. Susan Delacourt writes:
A new job has opened up. Wanted: someone who can restore people’s faith in democracy against a surge of partisan cynicism rarely seen before in this country.
Justin Trudeau has handed out hard tasks before, but whatever person answers the call for a “special rapporteur” on foreign election interference could well find it to be mission impossible.
And we’re not talking here of the entertaining kind of mission impossible from spy movies, but rather the hard, grinding work of keeping Canada’s democracy spy-free.
So who might volunteer for the job?
[John] Manley’s name is not among those in the mix, as far as I’ve heard. Former governor-general David Johnston, who was also asked to oversee election debates, is one person that seems to be on all kinds of informal wish lists this week. Some names of old, Brian Mulroney-era Conservatives were also floating about, but Poilievre made clear during his leadership bid against Jean Charest what he thinks of most of them. (Hint: they’re really Liberal.)
Pierre Poilievre responded to the proposition in typical Poilievre fashion:
Poilievre said in the Commons during question period, the word dripping with sarcasm. “Does it come with a costume? Maybe a cape and a sword? Is the best that they can come up with — a fake position doing fake work?”
He really is a vile little man.
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