Kelly McParland: For Trudeau, it is always the women, like Wilson-Raybould, who are to blame

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Four times Canada’s prime minister has come up against women angry at his treatment of them, and four times he’s rejected their complaints out of hand. Former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes said she’d been treated as a token in Trudeau’s caucus, trotted out for “my blackness” to greet visiting black leaders but otherwise ignored. When she told him she wouldn’t seek re-election he exploded, she said, accusing her of failing to appreciate all he’d done for her. He “was speaking to me like a child, like someone he happens to own.” Jane Philpott was once a cabinet heavyweight, but when she sided with Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould over the SNC-Lavalin scandal she ended up out of cabinet and out of the party. When she urged Trudeau to apologize in the wake of a devastating ethics probe into the affair, he insisted he had nothing to apologize for. Trudeau similarly maintained his innocence after being accused of groping a female journalist in the years before he entered politics. After “reflecting very carefully on what I remember from that incident” he couldn’t recall anything “negative” taking place and hinted the woman must have misunderstood.

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