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Jonas Smith and Larry Bagnell

MP, challenger assess latest SNC-Lavalin twist

Jonas Smith, the Yukon’s Conservative candidate for the coming federal election, is calling on Yukon MP Larry Bagnell to clarify where he stands on the latest instalment of the SNC-Lavalin saga.

By Whitehorse Star on August 15, 2019

Jonas Smith, the Yukon’s Conservative candidate for the coming federal election, is calling on Yukon MP Larry Bagnell to clarify where he stands on the latest instalment of the SNC-Lavalin saga.

Bagnell, meanwhile, says he’s happy with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s acceptance of the report Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion released Wednesday.

The report concluded that Trudeau broke the Conflict of Interest Act by attempting to interfere in a criminal investigation involving the company.

Dion cited a series of “flagrant attempts to influence” then-Justice minister and then-Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to reach an agreement with SNC-Lavalin to avoid criminal prosecution on fraud and bribery charges.

In April, Smith recalled Wednesday, when Wilson-Raybould and ex-cabinet minister Jane Philpott were expelled from the Liberal caucus, Bagnell told local media he was “saddened” by their departure.

“However, television footage of the announcement showed Bagnell applauding the decision and leading a standing ovation celebrating their removal,” Smith said.

“Mr. Bagnell owes Yukoners answers. In light of the ethics commissioner’s damning report into the SNC-Lavalin scandal, does he believe breaking the Conflict of Interest Act is acceptable?

“Does he still support Prime Minister Trudeau and his handling of this affair?” Smith asked.

“Does Mr. Bagnell consider breaking the Conflict of Interest Act twice an acceptable action?”

This is the second time Trudeau has been found guilty of violating the Ethics Act, Smith pointed out.

“Repeatedly, we’ve seen Mr. Bagnell say one thing to Yukoners and do the opposite in Ottawa,” Smith said.

“Whether it’s failing to support Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s attempts to speak truth to power and uphold the integrity of our justice system, or failing to support law-abiding Yukon gun owners, it’s time to elect a representative who will stand up for Yukoners in Ottawa.”

Speaking to the Star Thursday, Bagnell said he is “very happy that the prime minister has accepted the report, that he’s taken responsibility for the report, and that he says the buck stops with the prime minister.

“I’m very happy he’s going to implement recommendations from (former Justice minister) Anne McClellen’s report, one of which is to make sure there’s a protocol of minsters dealing with the attorney general so this type of situation doesn’t arise in future governments.”

Bagnell said he knocked on doors Wednesday evening in Whitehorse.

“This issue came up, I think, twice, but both times they said it wasn’t affecting their vote,” the MP said. “There’s more things that are current, issues they’re bringing up; I think that there’s so much stuff.”

Those priorities include bringing children out of poverty, more money for seniors and students, and projects to reduce greenhouse gases, he said.

As for the effectiveness of Trudeau’s management of the SNC-Lavalin affair, Bagnell said, “I wasn’t involved in that handling, so that’s up to the prime minister to respond to that.

“The prime minister made it quite clear that steps were taken that shouldn’t have been taken, and I agree, and my position is that I’m happy that he acknowledged the report.

“I’m glad he accepted responsibility and said things should have been done differently and will take steps to make sure they are in the future.”

Smith recalled that in 2017, then-ethics commissioner Mary Dawson found that when Trudeau took a Christmas 2016 trip with his family to the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas, he contravened the act in several ways related to accepting gifts from someone registered to lobby his office.

Comments (50)

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No Excuse for Failure on Aug 21, 2019 at 7:06 pm

The problem is not that T2 is an incompetent, entitled, lying, virtue-signaling, backstabbing, fake, idiot, who has no qualifications for leading a country, the problem is his supporters don't care.

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Cons make for dreary Canada on Aug 21, 2019 at 6:17 pm

No divisiveness under Harper?? I seem to remember Harper preferring "Old Stock Canadians" as opposed to the recent new comers. If allowed, I will bring some highlights from the Cons time in office, may we never return to those times:
ABUSING PARLIAMENT: SABOTAGE, SCANDALS, CORRUPTION AND CONTEMPT

This section includes examples of willful misgoverning by the PM and his team, 31 times they have lied, flouted rules and stymied democracy to achieve political and ideological ends.

PMO Tied to Senate Hush Money Scandal
An RCMP affidavit reported widespread involvement by PMO staffers in a secret payment to Senator Mike Duffy to try and make a political problem go away. The Senate expenses scandal brought on allegations of a cover-up, a breach of the public trust, and a whitewashing of a Senate report. The PMO was found to have hand in the altering of a damning Deloitte audit.

Harper Found in Contempt of Parliament
For refusing to disclose information on the costing of programs to Parliament, which Parliament was entitled to receive, the Harper government became the first in Canadian history to be found in contempt of Parliament.

Against Court Order, Refusal to Share Budget Info
Even though it lost a court case and was ordered to comply, the Harper government nevertheless refused to share 170 times reasons and impacts for cuts with Canada’s independent budget watchdog, mocking Parliament’s right to control the public purse.

Conservative Cabinet Staffers Granted Immunity from Testimony
A PMO edict absolved political staffers from ever having to testify before parliamentary committees.

Conservatives Falsify Reports and Documents
Among documents deliberately altered in the writing or the quoting by the government: CIDA document by Bev Oda’s office on Kairos; the Senate Committee Report on the Duffy affair; a report by former auditor general Sheila Fraser on financial management.

Repeated Duplicity in Afghan Detainees Controversy
Among the abuses: Parliament was misled and denied documents. An inquiry was shut down. Tories attempted to discredit diplomat Richard Colvin whose testimony diverted from the government’s line.

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Mr M on Aug 21, 2019 at 5:14 pm

@ Vlad. If you support Trump with all the ignorant comments he has made toward women and other ethnic cultures he is not a good leader and in my opinion he is an idiot. I did not say that people that voted for him are idiots. The people that voted for him are realizing what kind of a leader they voted for. He is a racist and a bigot. Maybe look at yourself for being a Trump supporter. No desire to go to the States with him in power. Another person who grew up in a money family and thinks they are all that. He doesn't even have nice hair.

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vlad on Aug 21, 2019 at 12:52 pm

Dear Mr. M, I would be careful with that " at least everyone knows etc." He received votes from almost 50% of Americans. Do you suggest they are all idiots? Perhaps look at yourself.

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I remember on Aug 21, 2019 at 12:17 pm

commenting @ Remember dreary Canada;

Yes, I remember Canada under Harper.

None of this divisive politics like under Trudeau.
None of the refugee crisis, including people just walking into Canada from upstate New York.
None of the liberal insanity of bringing back ISIS fighters and spending our tax dollars or "re-education" of them.
etc. etc. etc.
Oh an least I forget, under Harper I had more money in my pocket, due to tax breaks, income splitting and better child related benefits, which is weird considering Trudeau won't shut up about how he is all for the middle class, something he knows zero about being born into a wealthy family and enjoying a trust fund forever.

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steve on Aug 21, 2019 at 9:02 am

I laugh at how suckered in you all are concerning the SNC affair and what MP is supporting the leader or not.

People need to understand after the Cons screwed up in power they brought in a law saying any company being found guilty of a crime could not enter into a contract with the Government of Canada for 10 years. In a sense they are black balled because of the leadership of the company doing something illegal. Educate yourselves people.

Now it does not matter if it was the Cons or Libs in power they would get it wrong.
Simple fact is the SCN board, CEO and any other manager who broke the law should go to jail. Being incorporated does not protect the leadership when the law is broken.

So the questions to be asked are:
1) From the sitting MP or potential MP why are you not pushing to have the SNC Board, CEO and any manager involved in breaking the law prosecuted and put in jail?
2) Why is the media not following up on this line of inquiry?
3) Why did JT and Jodie (who is a lawyer) not do their job and go after those responsible? You could have easily fined SNC.

Ask those questions and you may just start to get to the truth and not be suckered by all the smoke and mirrors.

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Remember dreary Canada on Aug 20, 2019 at 7:15 pm

Dear open minded Yukoners, remember the Canada under the Harper goverment? Remember how it felt like we were living under a dictatorship, remember being embarrassed to be a Canadian in a foreign country? Remember all the corruption, intimidation that was a everyday event? Remember all the court cases, if it was not for the Courts we would be living in a much different Canada. On voting day I am supporting Larry and the Liberals!!

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ralpH on Aug 20, 2019 at 9:40 am

My last post makes it look like I am supporting the Liberals. In truth I am Liberal but this time I cannot support Larry. The part of the Territory I am from has not seen him or has had no support from Him. Not sure where I will park My vote this time.

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Bob Folster on Aug 19, 2019 at 2:21 pm

PFFFT !
Harper - guilty of contempt of parliament , maligning the Supreme Court Chief Justice and MANY other things
https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2015/08/06/Stephen-Harper-Abuses-of-Power-2/

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No Excuse for Failure on Aug 18, 2019 at 8:12 pm

OMG, the alt-Left is still flogging the "blame Harper" excuse for their corrupt LIB govt.
... and how many times did the Ethics Commissioner find Harper guilty of anything?

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Wilf on Aug 18, 2019 at 3:17 pm

Why do liberal lie so much??? I watch Larry tell one fib after another. He knows he can never deliver on 90% of his promises

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Juniper Jackson on Aug 18, 2019 at 1:42 pm

SR, thanks for going to all that trouble. I always fact check.. but I should have clarified. Trudeau has 2 violations under criminal law for "conflict of interest" he has 4 violations for taking bribes, they start with the Aga Khan, and end with SNL. Mary Dawson found him guilty on the first 4, Dion on this one. https://globalnews.ca/news/4951921/justin-trudeau-ethics-investigation-stephen-harper/

The damage Trudeau will cause Canada will be irreversible. We are experiencing the most corrupt, unethical and criminal regime in Canadian history. Canadians need to stand up for our Country.
Make your vote count in 2019

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Rick of the Universe on Aug 18, 2019 at 1:35 pm

"Give me a break on Aug 17, 2019 at 1:59 pm" - LOL - post of the week !

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Dean LaRue on Aug 18, 2019 at 1:14 pm

It's hilarious that Sanctimonious Smith never mentions anything about his tenure as Darryl Pasloski's Number One Toady.

He needs to replace his current campaign slogan with FOR MY CRONIES YUKON

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sr on Aug 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm

"In 2004, Arthur Porter became head of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), and in 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper named him to the security intelligence review committee, which he later chaired before resigning in December 2011.
Harper's office declined on Wednesday to comment ...

In 2011, Porter left his job at the MUHC, which under his leadership was finally building a $1.4-billion mega-hospital.
Within a year, news broke that $22.5 million in alleged kickbacks had been paid by the winning contractor, SNC-Lavalin."
From the above CBC article.

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sr on Aug 17, 2019 at 6:29 pm

I really hope Jonas and the Cons do not win. Have we forgotten the way Harper and the Conservatives looked the other way when their appointee as chair of the oversight committee for CSIS, was the front man for SNC Lavalin, doling out bribes of $22 million (successfully!), so that SNC got the $1.4 billion contract to construct the McMaster Health Unit? Have we all forgotten this? Not bribing a corrupt overseas regime in Libya, as with SNC's much smaller bribes that the Libbies were willing to overlook, but $22 million right here in Canada, in Hamilton, Ontario. Funny, I don't remember Harper apologizing for that. SNC carried on bidding and winning contracts from the Canadian government, as Trudeau was attempting to ensure they could after their more recent bribery case (that they were caught for).

Both of our esteemed major parties are quite comfortable with playing the game and tolerating corruption. SNC has been deemed, 'Too Big To Fail', by both. Trudeau got burned by a minister who could not be trusted to tell lies. That's all.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/arthur-porter-ex-mcgill-hospital-ceo-accused-in-22-5m-kickback-scheme-dies-in-panama-1.3134535

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Always fact check June on Aug 17, 2019 at 4:46 pm

Oh, sorry I should have included the link. Here it is, Scheer was speaking in Thunder Bay on the 14 th. Sorry Grouchy and June but it's lunch time.
http://www.netnewsledger.com/2019/08/14/conservatives-justin-trudeau-is-guilty-again/

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Always fact check June on Aug 17, 2019 at 3:49 pm

“Earlier today, and for the second time in just four years, the Ethics Commissioner has found Trudeau guilty of violating the Conflict of Interest Act in connection with his role in the SNC-Lavalin corruption trial. And today, Justin Trudeau has been found guilty of illegally interfering to block the fraud and bribery trial of a Liberal linked corporation."
@June, this is a quote from Andrew Scheer himself on Aug 14, 2019. He has this being the second time in four years not the 6 you are falsely claiming. Your like Trump, everything has to be fact checked because you can't help yourself from exaggerating.

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Give me a break on Aug 17, 2019 at 1:59 pm

Ryan Leef was 100% Mr. Sock Puppet for Harper, Bagnell is a sock puppet for Trudeau, and you can be sure Jonas Smith would be a marionette dancing on strings for 'Smilin' Andy' Scheer.

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Dave on Aug 17, 2019 at 12:27 pm

Trudeau must be all out of apologies, he’s been on a four year he’s sorry tour for all the alleged mistakes he says everyone else has made but has got nothing to say for himself when it comes to his f——-ups. What a slimy little hypocrite! He’s not worthy to shine the shoes of the previous generations of Canadians he’s always throwing under the bus. We need to get rid of this bum in October.

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Don Trump on Aug 16, 2019 at 10:21 pm

JT did nothing wrong, the issue is that JWR did not take the hints and see the merit of a prosecution agreement that would have saved a lot of time and money and put 10s of millions of dollars into the coffers.

This whole thing was a disaster when it should have been a smooth transaction of admitted lawbreaking and a settlement that benefited everyone.
Let's move on.

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JonUs on Aug 16, 2019 at 10:12 pm

Hey JonUs, when did you ever stake a claim outside of diapers
So caviler so clever so self righteous can you give me a comma?
So the Conservative Part of Canada is running on an anti-Liberal platform.

What is this candidate saying about protecting the North? Oh that’s right, he has no clue about the military.
Sit back, and pretend you have all the answers. Just remember the hair products and the selective group gatherings aren’t going to bring you a desired result,

You can hide behind a poster with cuffs and provide a citizens arrest if you care to.

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Allan Stanley on Aug 16, 2019 at 5:49 pm

Smith is running for the political party that gave us Dean Del Mastro,
Bruce Carson, Bev Oda, Chuck Cadman, Arthur Porter, Jerry Band,
Tim Dautour, Mike Duffy, Michael Sona and Christiane Ouimet.

He needs to do a lot of research before his next infantile attack on his rival candidates.

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Juniper Jackson on Aug 16, 2019 at 5:46 pm

BnR: Most of the commenters vilifying Trudeau and by default Larry would be absolutely fine with the whole SNC affair if it was a Conservative government."
Do not presume to speak for me.

I do not care WHO is in power, especially the person holding the highest office in the land, no one is above the law. Mr. Trudeau has picked up 6 charges of guilty. He has done things that would land anyone else in prison. If I brought 200 ISIS fighters into Canada, funded them.. I would be in prison. I hope Trudeau goes to jail for the SNC Lavalin interference. If I told a judge or a cop, let this guy go, or I'm firing you.. or offered money, or any other consequence... Yup..I'd go to prison. In addition to just this one issue.. I have 18 pages of Trudeau's malfeasance. I will send to the Star under separate cover.

I read you all the time..I am so surprised this law breaking scum bag liar is ok with you.

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Mr M on Aug 16, 2019 at 5:41 pm

All politicians are the same. One thing I never ever hear them say is Sorry for what I did wrong. Next election it will be some other idiot in there and they will do the same thing as the last idiot. I have said it before the only time you hear from them is when they want your vote. Promise after promise after promise and then it is broken. Promise after broken promise after broken promise. Don't come knocking on my door.
I went to Larry's office once for a family matter regarding my deceased mother in-law and the secretary said Larry was busy. Yep, busy texting on his phone. I watched him from the waiting room. No mention of having a meeting or setting up a time with him. You don't have time for me Larry I don't have time for you. Bye Bye.

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Bob Ablanalp on Aug 16, 2019 at 3:52 pm

Has Smith ever had a real job?

Political sycophant is not one of those !

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BnR on Aug 16, 2019 at 3:37 pm

Judging by the negative votes on my previous comment, there were lots of folks googling hyperbole....

Facts.
1. Most of the commenters vilifying Trudeau and by default Larry would be absolutely fine with the whole SNC affair if it was a Conservative government.
2. If anyone thinks for one minute that any Yukon MP can just go ahead and say whatever they want regardless of the party line, get your head out of the sand. Who Jonas gets in, he's going to have a quick lesson in realpolitik. For one, he's a bartender who happened to become a Yukon Party apparatchik. He's never had to work WITH anyone or any other party. Break with party lines, and where do you think the Yukon ends up? Money? Ha! Gone.
3. Yeah, things are soooo bad in Canada. FFS, wake up, we have it so good in Canada and especially good here in The Yukon. The economy is rolling right along, unemployment is as low as it can get. If this is "insanity", sign me up for some more.

Bunch of entitled old boomers.....

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Ginger Johnson on Aug 16, 2019 at 2:42 pm

The recent Pasloski Party reelection campaign was arrogant, condescending and self-serving.
It made no effort to address any of Yukoners' valid concerns.
Darryl finished LAST in his riding and deserved to do so.

SMITH RAN THAT CAMPAIGN!
He's simply not good enough to be the Yukon's sole MP.

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Henry Wensleydale on Aug 16, 2019 at 2:36 pm

MEH !
"Rusty Pasloski" (Darryl's red-headed step child) has been campaigning for a year
and still hasn't revealed anything that HE actually stands for or would do for MY YUKON.
His opinions about Sheer's well documented anti-abortion and pro HIS religion voting record would be a good place to start.

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Wilf on Aug 16, 2019 at 1:44 pm

It another Friday afternoon and another liberal scandalized filled week. By Trudeau not omitting he was wrong and saying that he does not agree with the report he just shows how unfit he is to be a politician let alone MP and PM.
Like all parties, there is good and bad but the liberals just take Yukoners and Canadians for granted. Not taking responsibility for doing wrong shows Trudeau is a just a rich kid who got his way all the time.
Larry just follows what he is told to do as Yukoners have said for the last four years. We need real people that has real roots in the Yukon and have an understanding of the future and can work to build a better future for all of us. If they have their way, they will close the Yukon down. By the way, how many Yukoners want a $300 million debt with liberal promises by Larry?

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joe zelezny on Aug 16, 2019 at 11:48 am

Every Canadian should watch this video. There is now NO difference between the Conservatives and Liberals + NDP. The Qatar Papers will soon reveal - likely as we get closer to or on the date of the SNC trial date in September. Stay tuned, this is the greatest scandal in Canadian history most likely. The PPC stands for Canadians - for full platform check yukonppc.com/issues and there is more coming shortly including a game changing platform for Veterans and First Nations! Exciting times ahead as we drain the Ottawa swamp and stop billions from being spent on corrupt UN etc.

This all goes much deeper - for more info, look up Tom Quiggin & Quiggin Report.
Canadians have been sold out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2HMeBVxDac

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Mr M on Aug 16, 2019 at 11:46 am

And I thought the United States had it bad with Trump. We aren't much better with Truedumb at the wheel. At least everyone knows Trumps an idiot. Hopefully the Liberals don't get elected in the next election. We can always hope.

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Waiting for the other shoe to drop! on Aug 16, 2019 at 9:23 am

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Parliament.
But then I repeat myself.

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Chuck Farley on Aug 16, 2019 at 9:00 am

lol - so funny this fiasco has turned out to be with everyone hollering for JT's head just like we did when Harper was in power and all of his scandals and what did we do .. gave him a majority. Doesn't matter who is in power crap happens time to move on.

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In the end, we're screwed on Aug 16, 2019 at 8:47 am

Let's face it, we're screwed in the next election - both locally and federally. I guess we need to pick the best of worst to run our country.

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jc on Aug 15, 2019 at 9:31 pm

How many times after screwing up has JT told Canadians he is just learning. Well, he has 4 years now, and still hasn't learned anything. He just keeps screwing up. I think he honestly believes that the world loves him so much, he will be forgiven. And Larry of course continues to be the yes man and cheque delivery boy.

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jc on Aug 15, 2019 at 9:20 pm

Bagel says, more money for seniors. Sorry Mr. Bagnell, that's just a blatant lie. Since January, Bagnell has handed out tens of millions of dollars, mostly to 1st Nations. But not one cent to seniors. Don't think we oldies will forget you come October Larry. Many of us are living on a shoe string, while the illegal refugees are living next to luxury.

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Really? on Aug 15, 2019 at 8:47 pm

@spud, the women cannot be trusted? Are you kidding? The PM bald faced lied in the House of Commons saying nothing happened here. Now the ethics commissioner has vindicated what both women said before being ousted by the spoiled brat. So now your willing to put your trust in this man? He’s even so bold that he brings back his disgraced sidekick, Butts to just rub our noses in it a little more. I have no problem with Larry. He has worked hard. But the Liberals should toss that waste of skin for a leader and pick anyone else. This is their election to lose, and with Trudeau at the helm it’s almost as if they are trying. Or he’s so arrogant that he just doesn’t care.

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Gloria on Aug 15, 2019 at 6:10 pm

What is Jonas Smith's stand on abortion?

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Beans 63 on Aug 15, 2019 at 5:24 pm

Wow! Again no mention of a lack of an apology to all women, especially Jodie and Jane. These two women stood up for what they believed in and were made out to be liars by the PM bully. He and his bully party ousted them from the Liberal Caucus. Now who is the LIAR? Trudeau has been flying around the country promising this and that to various groups of people, all to garner VOTES. He brought in enough immigrants to garner votes, he promises Aboriginal people this and that all to garner votes.
I agree with a comment above that Mr. Bagnell says one thing to Yukoners but says another thing in Ottawa. He is way past his time. The good ole boys club has to be disbanded. He needs to go. Don't fall for all the promises and money Trudeau says he is going to dish out. You cannot believe someone who lie's for a living. One question that I still have is why was Trudeau only interested in protecting SNC Lavalin jobs and not all Canadians?

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BnR on Aug 15, 2019 at 4:55 pm

I do loves coming to the comments section and gettin me a heaping helpin of some good ol' fashion hyperbole.
Mmmmmmm good.

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Randy on Aug 15, 2019 at 4:36 pm

Remember the time Jonas was too old/young to serve in the military?

Pepperidge Farm remembers. Maybe after he loses the election he can get a job driving a city bus he has his face plastered all over.

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Groucho d'North on Aug 15, 2019 at 4:23 pm

PM Trudeau has been found guilty of breaking the laws of our country, five times I think is the present tally. He is not above the law and should be held accountable the same as any other citizen.
What say you Larry? Prosecute him or give him a pass? Simple question & I hope for a simple answer.

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ralpH on Aug 15, 2019 at 3:49 pm

Non starter conflict or no conflict. Canadians want jobs, jobs, and jobs. They also want investment in infrastructure that helps with their daily lives. Oh and the biggest issue facing us, the Environment. Telling Canadians there is a path back to the way it used to be is bunk, and it is not resonating with voters.

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Spud on Aug 15, 2019 at 3:31 pm

After reading Jonas’ remarks he sounds far too much like Dimples Harper. I thought I would give him a chance this time around - but not now - he cannot think for himself - we need a leader, not a puppy dog. Those two women were not accepted by their caucus, could not be trusted, and deserved being removed. How would you like to have cohorts like them? I am thinking I will give Larry a chance. I expect I can influence 10 acquaintances that it is time to forgive that old gun registration BS and give Larry another chance or perhaps the NDP.

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If not the Liberals, then who? on Aug 15, 2019 at 3:09 pm

Let there be no doubt, there has not been a better MP for Yukon then Mr. Bagnell. That man is always available and at 10 times the events of any other MP that I have seen in my time with an elected MP. He always has time for people whether in Ottawa or back in the Yukon and not just Whitehorse.
If the neo cons were in power, we would not have heard a word about SNC, and guaranteed SNC would not be going to trial.
Yukoners don't forget the gong show that we had before Larry. Mr. Bagnell is still the best choice for Yukon as our MP.

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Drain the swamp on Aug 15, 2019 at 2:44 pm

This is Larry's response:
"I’m glad he accepted responsibility and said things should have been done differently and will take steps to make sure they are in the future.”
Spoken like a true politician. If that is what you call taking responsibility I want to know how he sleeps at night. Zero responsibility and dragging Ms WilsonRaybould's name through the mud. Trudeau is a immature, narcissistic trust fund kid that shouldn't be allowed to run a lemonade stand, let alone a country as great as Canada. He has done more to divide Canada and Canadians than anyone I can remember since I was old enough to pay attention to politics.
Larry and his boss need to go. Four years of this insanity is enough.

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Juniper Jackson on Aug 15, 2019 at 2:43 pm

Trudeau accepts the report, but disagrees? Then says, he was saving Canadian jobs. hmmm it seems to me, that if SNC didn't get a contract, someone else would..so, no jobs lost.. what would be lost is the HUGE contributions SNC makes to the Liberal party and has paid Trudeau under his "Pay for Access" program. (thats where you pay Trudeau https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeau-defends-cash-for-access-fundraising/article32523956/
a lot of dollars for private time with the PM.
There are over 100 complaints to the Ethics office about Trudeau and other Liberals, (Like Morneau forgetting he had a millions dollar chalet in France and a corporation he shares with his wife.) Many were dismissed, but 6 has found Trudeau guilty. Morneau is not the only Cabinet member to be found guilty either.. MacAuley was found guilty as well. Trudeau's speaking fee's are enormous. All MPs receive requests to attend or speak, and they do it for free. Go to high schools, charity fundraisers...Not Trudeau. He charged the Grace Foundation $20,000 in New Brunswick. They lost money on the event and asked Trudeau for the $20,000 back. I don't think he ever repaid it..but not sure. He doesn't even take a holiday on his own dime.

There is nothing about Trudeau that is honest and 'transparent'.

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Al on Aug 15, 2019 at 2:39 pm

Holding the standard high Larry should also mean that you hold your ethics even higher. JT - I can not express enough how distasteful I feel about this PM. His arrogance of putting his own self interests above all else is a portrayal of the saddest of our species. "I did it for the greater good" sounds more like something one would hear from a despot in a third world country.

This individual does not deserve to be an MP let alone PM ! He is a disgrace both ethically and morally. He is an embarrassment to this once great country (I say once because he has placed us in anything but the lower of the places).

How embarrassed you musts feel Larry. By you standing with this individual puts "you" by his side. Disgraceful. Larry you do not deserve to be our MP.

He embodies what is truly rank in politics. When folks talk about what they detest most with politicians JT fits that picture. Not only has he managed to appear corrupt - he is. Of all our PM's since confederation he is the first to have besmeared the title as being the most unethical.

A truly a sad day for all Canadians...

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Not Surprised on Aug 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Larry has always been a Liberal first and a Yukoner second. If the Liberals planned on winning here they would have replaced him. Now he can walk off into the sunset after the election.

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