Will we sacrifice integrity, truth, and bend our laws to save jobs?
Is a city offering tax holidays, cheap industrial land and utilities in order to attract new industry or a company headquarters any different from monetary bribes to officials for lucrative contracts?
Justice cannot be treated as a commodity to be traded for a desired outcome.
It is common knowledge that plea bargains buy lighter sentences for the rich and powerful.
Plea bargaining in the court system has become so common place that it has spilled over into national affairs.
Is the final result of the SNC-Lavalin criminal case so important that Canada will soil its justice system?
In fact SNC Lavalin’s head said there had never been discussion of lost jobs with the government.
Cunning rationalizations, threats, and legal arguments were repeated like a dripping tap to bully and wear down an honest person’s integrity.
Would they have pressured a white woman in the same way?
Does saving jobs justify contortion of justice or turning a blind eye to crime?
Can the end ever justify the means years from now?
Seeing only the end result must not blind us to how we get that result. Stolen fruit does not taste as good as fruit paid for.
A country cannot hold its head up as a paragon of justice if truth is traded for a healthy economy.
Former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould’s refusal to yield her belief in justice and truth has cost her friendships and position, but her steadfastness under immense pressure is a bright light in a dark episode.
Her example as an indigenous person doing the right thing is a sharp contrast to the standards of her non indigenous opponents who were willing to rationalize and compromise their principles for a different goal.
Jody Wilson-Raybould is shunned by her former Liberal colleagues except for her brave friend Jane Philpott, who sacrificed her position and reputation to openly stand by Jody.
At the 1924 Paris Olympics, champion runner Eric Liddell faced enormous pressure from the future King of England and the British Olympic Committee to run in a qualifying heat for the 100 metre race which was scheduled for Sunday. The 100m race was his best chance at a medal.
Despite pressure appealing to his loyalty to country and King, Liddell refused to compromise his Christian principles by running on the Sabbath.
Instead during the week he ran in his less favourite 400m race, and won, and his record stood for 12 years. “He that honours me I will honour”.
In the 1920’s Britain was at its peak of power and no one disobeyed the king, but Eric served a different King.
We will all face choices in life that test our values to country, party, family, beliefs.
What price are we willing to pay to preserve our self respect, honour, values, parental teachings and integrity?
Are we ready for the challenge?
Gene Monin can be reached at email@example.com