Cut from the same cloth

Cut from the same cloth


By Lyonel Doherty

Can’t help but think that Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump were cut from the same greasy cloth. 

Did anyone really expect the prime minister to apologize after the ethics commissioner ruled that he violated the Conflict of Interest Act? 

Such an apology would surely admit guilt that Trudeau improperly pressured the former attorney general (Wilson-Raybould) to halt a criminal investigation against engineering firm SNC-Lavalin. 

This was a clear violation – using his position to influence a decision that would ultimately benefit the company. 

Of course, Trudeau argues that he’s not going to apologize for standing up for Canadian jobs and the families who rely on them. Good comeback, but an apology would go much further to repair his tainted reputation. 

Crime and politics 

Crime is (and should be) a big election issue. 

That was evident last week in Oliver when Alberta MP Glen Motz and Conservative candidate Helena Konanz addressed a small group of supporters at Medici’s. 

One would think that Motz, being a former police officer, would have a genuine passion to bring change to a broken system – a system that grants bail to violent individuals and relaxes statutory release conditions for convicted rapists. 

But our justice system is so entrenched in protecting offenders’ rights that even Motz would have a tough time in the ring. 

The problem is, if a judge stepped outside of protocol during sentencing, an appeal by a defence lawyer would likely be successful. 

However, it was refreshing to see Penticton Judge Greg Koturbash reject a joint submission from the Crown and defence recently in the case of a woman who led police on a drug-fueled chase last year. 

Korturbash thought 17 months in jail was too lenient, so he added another 11 months to the woman’s sentence. 

Speaking of jail, one has to wonder if the Okanagan Correctional Centre is making any difference in reducing crime. 

The correctional officers are doing their best to rehabilitate the inmates, but it’s difficult the way the system is set up. 

That’s because the inmates basically have all of their needs taken care of in prison. With three meals a day, their favourite TV shows, a roof over their head, health coverage, schooling and learning a trade, where is the incentive to make it on the outside? 

We wouldn’t be surprised if released inmates purposely commit more crimes to get back in. Sounds crazy but it really isn’t.