Daniel Jean – the National Security Advisor to Justin Trudeau who first pushed the conspiracy theory blaming India for the Jaspal Atwal invite – is retiring.
Government sources are claiming that Jean told the government in January that he was planning to leave, and say his impending departure has nothing to do with the scandal.
Of course, many will doubt that story, given the convenient timing.
As noted by the CP, “A spokesman for the Privy Council Office, the bureaucracy that serves the Prime Minister’s Office, would not confirm or deny Jean’s impending retirement, saying PCO does not talk publicly about personnel matters. Jean did not respond to requests for comment. His intended departure date — and how it may or may not have been impacted by the current controversy — remains unknown.”
As the Trudeau government was facing embarrassment and negative headlines after Atwal was photographed with Sophie Trudeau in India, Jean gave the media a ‘briefing’ in which he said ‘rogue elements’ in the Indian government were to blame for Atwal’s invite.
The conspiracy theory was discredited by the Trudeau government’s own incompetence, as a Liberal MP took responsibility for the invite, and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called the invite a “mistake.”
So, while the government will likely never reveal whether Jean was planning to leave or is being pushed out, the timing is certainly convenient for the Trudeau government, even as the Atwal scandal shows no sign of going away.
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