Monday, April 1, 2019
Jody Wilson-Raybould launches leadership bid: "I'm running for leader...of the Conservative Party of Canada!"
The revelation emerged after Sun Media reporters discovered a hidden statement she wrote deeply embedded within a 727-page report tucked into an envelope marked "Highly important intellectual stuff" and anonymously slipped under the front door of the Toronto Sun last week.
The first 562 pages of the report rehashed various statements and allegations already made by Wilson-Raybould or her Liberal MP colleague Jane Philpott, some of them copied and pasted over and over for chapters on end.
The explosive new statement appears starting on page 563. It took over a week for Sun reporters to read that far and discover it.
It reads as follows:
"STATEMENT BY JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD - APRIL 2019 - EMPIRE CLUB OF CANADA
"I, Jody Wilson-Raybould, have done my part stabbing Justin Trudeau in the back and the front over and over again for weeks. It's been extremely enjoyable."
"It's true on the surface once the average person sifts through the pages and pages of partisan bullshit and hyperbole that's fronted for news coverage related to this scandal, it doesn't seem like much really happened here. Some might think that this was merely two people disagreeing with their boss, and rather than act like team players in a high stakes environment, we decided instead to burn the house down in an election year. Jane Philpott and me, of course. But that's not what happened. We had good reasons for burning the house down. There were really, really bad things going on behind the scenes at the highest levels of our government and I'm hesitant to talk about them in public. But trust me, there's a lot of nasty things happening that Canadians need to know about. And one day, when I write my autobiography, I'll finally tell them."
"But I know that's a long time to wait for answers. So let me answer one question now. Some people have asked me if my attacks on Justin Trudeau were just part of a big plot to seize the leadership of the Liberals. But please, why would I be doing all this to hurt the Liberals if I hoped to lead that party? I'm not stupid."
"No I have different ambitions, I have to say! Today, ladies and gentlemen, I'm very proud to announce that I'm running for leader (PAUSE FOR IMPACT)...of the Conservative Party of Canada! Sure the leadership isn't vacant at the moment, but so what? I'm running anyway."
"Andrew Scheer has been a great ally and friend throughout this scandal. Where Trudeau offered me nothing but very, very, very inappropriate pressure, Andrew has offered me a friendly boyish smile. But the last few weeks have taught me that you need more to win an election than a nice smile. Canadians want more than that. I know in my heart they want someone else to lead the Conservatives into the next election. And I submit today that person's initials are "J-W-R."
"Let's face it: I've done more damage to Justin Trudeau and the Liberals in just a few weeks than Andrew Scheer has done in two long years. He's a dud. He's got to go."
"I'm calling on Andrew Scheer to step down as leader immediately. And I'm calling on all Conservatives to embrace me as their new leader."
When contacted to confirm the veracity of the statement hidden within the report, Wilson-Raybould replied by email: "It is all true."
When asked if she plans to quit the Liberal caucus now and join the Conservatives, Wilson-Raybould responded:
"I'm running to be a different kind of leader, one that bridges the historic divide of right and left in this country. I intend to keep my seat in the Liberal caucus as the MP for Vancouver Granville. I'm going to be the first person to win the leadership of one party while still sitting in another party's caucus. That's how incredible I am."
Attached to the same page in the report as the speaking notes announcing the leadership bid was a yellow post-it note which reads:
"Great work! I read it last night. Try practicing this in front of the mirror over and over, you can do this, you are awesome! Best, Warren."
When confronted by reporters at a Yellow Vest rally about Wilson-Raybould's leadership challenge, Andrew Scheer looked like a deer caught in headlights. After a few seconds of stammering, his eyes turned red with hatred.
"This is an attack on freedom! Never before in the history of our country has someone been so unfairly treated as I have been today. You can't believe a word she says. Jody Wilson-Raybould is a menace to this country, she will destroy our economy and will bring the entire planet to complete destruction. She must be stopped and only I can stop her," said Scheer, who then darted away from reporters.
When contacted about this latest revelation and if Wilson-Raybould will be allowed to stay in the Liberal caucus while seeking the Conservative leadership, Prime Minister Trudeau’s Issues Management department wouldn't comment but promised a response "within seven to 10 weeks."
“We’re still thinking about how to respond to Wernick’s phone transcript thing. We can only do one thing at a time. We’ll put this on our list of nice-to-dos. We're not making any promises, but stay tuned.”
MORE TO COME...