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Justin Trudeau ‘doesn’t deserve to be the prime minister any longer,’ says Lisa Raitt

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony about the SNC-Lavalin affair proves that Canadians can no longer trust their prime minister, says Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt.

The former justice minister and attorney general testified Wednesday at the Commons justice committee that Justin Trudeau and other top Liberals repeatedly attempted to coerce her to secure a deal to help the Quebec-based company avoid criminal prosecution on corruption charges — after she’d already decided it would be inappropriate to do so.

Trudeau and the Liberals have denied they acted inappropriately and welcome the results of the justice committee investigation and the ethics commissioner’s probe. But Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said the prime minister should step down and be subject to a criminal investigation.

Here is part of Raitt’s conversation with As It Happens guest host Helen Mann.

The year Canadians woke up to the farce of Trudeau

The second big story of 2018 is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s clown-show tour of India. The fallout from that tour might turn out to have as profound an impact on Canadian politics as any other story this year. Millions of Canadians who admired Trudeau and his “sunny ways” saw him, finally, as the lightweight Mr. Dressup he is.

The India trip shook Trudeau’s credibility to a depth no other faux pas or policy failing has.

A lot of opposition attention has been focused on the cost of the trip (nearly $2 million) and the fact Canadian officials included a convicted Indian terrorist on their invite list for an official reception.

But what voters remember and care about is how ridiculously embarrassing Diva Trudeau’s constant costume changes were.

A Brief History of Gun Control in Canada, 1867 to 1945

Bill C-68’s enormous cost overruns continue to generate intense controversy over the rationale and efficacy of Canada’s firearm controls.

But conflict in Canada over regulating firearms is nothing new. It has occurred many times since Confederation. In the first of two articles, I will provide a brief history of the federal government’s efforts to regulate the ownership and use of firearms, and to outline the context in which these regulatory actions took place.

European settlers to North American viewed their firearms as essential for providing food and necessary for both personal protection and the common defense. The modern idea that private gun ownership constitutes an unacceptable threat to public safety would have been viewed as little short of bizarre by our eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ancestors.

In fact, up until the late twentieth century, private gun ownership was generally regarded as essential to defend Canada against external aggression (virtually every adult male was required to belong to the militia, and to provide their own firearms), and to protect the citizen against domestic tyranny.

No Right to Bear Arms in Canada? You might want to re-check your history.

What!!! you say? That’s preposterous! There is no right to bear arms in Canada. Never has been. Never will be. The basis of our ancient English common law rights, the Magna Carta, established in 1215, enshrined the right of freemen to keep and bear arms for the defense of their homes and the nation. Flash forward almost five centuries later to 1689. For the better part of fifty years, a continuous succession of internal conflicts destabilized England, which had been governed, albeit unsuccessfully, as a republic from 1649 – 1660. Though sympathetic to the Monarchy, our ancestors persevered to severally limit the power of the King and fought to place even stronger protections on their ageless freedoms. This brought about the English Bill of Rights (where America’s founding fathers derived the Second Amendment), a revision of our first great constitution, which unequivocally states: “Subjects which are Protestants may have Arms for their Defence”.

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