Let's cut through the BS and call it like it is.
The Alberta Premier, Rachel Notley is ranting, disingenuously in my view, that the The Leap Manifesto presented to the NDP convention a few weeks ago is an affront to democracy. As a long time environmentalist and NDP supporter, she must be cringing every time she opens her mouth and tells the voters in Alberta that she's all for pipe lines and oil sands. What she's really "all for" is getting reelected.
I've read this manifesto and it doesn't include anything new other than the need to speed up the implementation of policies that are already in place and agreed to by most of the world governments. It sounds so damn obvious and reasonable to me...what's all the damn fuss?
Secondly, the Duffy exoneration cannot come as a surprise to anyone who has been following this trial. The fact is, this has never been about Duffy. It's been the judicial system lashing out at their number one enemy, Stephen Harper. It was the perfect storm for the judges and lawyers hoping to stick to to Harper...the timing of the trial, the perfect mouthy and petulant defendant, a subject that appealed to the electorate (who have never been able to relate to Senators and their privileged lives)...all too good to pass up.
And while I'm cutting through the media bullshit, a similar scene was playing out in Toronto at the Ghomeshi trial, although for a more worthy cause. Again, as pretty much everyone knew, he was never going to be convicted. It wasn't about that. It was really about finding justice through the back door. Many, perhaps most Canadians believe Ghomeshi to be guilty. Yes, there was no guilty verdict, but at least this way, he's been exposed and his lofty position in the Canadian elite knocked flying. The bonus was the ongoing societal debate about how to proceed with trials like this. Lots of good came of this trial.