By Dr David Laing Dawson
And God said, “Let them be mean, nasty, and stupid so that I will be entertained.” And thus it came to be.
Four thousand years later I am watching the beginning of the 2020 race for the title of POTUS whilst thinking our campaign for Student Council President in grade 9 was conducted with more maturity and civility.
But, but, then I find myself wishing Justin had learned a little from the intuitive cunning of Donald Trump.
He, Justin, is allowing SNC-Lavalin to take on the gravitas and baggage of Hillary’s emails. He should be asking himself not what would Jesus do, but what would Donald J. Trump do? Well, not exactly what Donald would do. But leaving out the twitter excesses and inanities, the name calling, the non sequitars, while adding a touch of literacy, he could adopt the basic strategy of Donald.
What would that look like?
Something like this I think: “SNC-Lavalin is a great Canadian company doing engineering projects around the world, contributing to jobs and wealth in Canada, just like Nortel and Massey-Ferguson once did. And they know that do do business in most of this world bribes must be paid to government officials even though it would break a Canadian law. They did this in Lybia. They paid bribes to Lybian government officials. That is how business is conducted in at least three quarters of this world.
They got caught. Fair enough. For the sake of a future world with the social contracts and enlightened laws of a few western nations today, we need to punish Lavalin. But we should do that without punishing either the employees of Lavalin or our own economy.
My office lobbied our justice department to do just that.
Big Deal. Jobs and prosperity for all Canadians. NO COLLUSION!
I won’t be taking questions. Merci.”