by Brad Salzberg
April 3, 2022
At the time of the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman on December 15th, 2017, Mr. Sherman was in the process of being investigated by the Federal Government Lobbying Commission.
At the centre of the investigations were events such as a Liberal party fundraiser Sherman hosted at his home in August, 2015. The guest of honour at the event was Justin Trudeau, at this time the Liberal candidate for prime minister.
The legal issue was whether Barry Sherman had committed an illegal act based on a breach of the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct. At the time of the deaths, Barry Sherman was the chairman of Apotex Corp, Canada’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturer. Apotex was an early player in Covid vaccine development.
According to Maclean’s magazine, Sherman responded to the investigation with a Federal Court challenge in an attempt to dispel the investigation before it had concluded. This situation was unprecedented– never before in Canada had a person gone to court to derail an active probe by the lobbying commissioner.
Over a four-year period since the murders, law authorities have yet to uncover even one quality lead. There has been no indication of potential suspects, or publicly announced motivation for the grisly double-murder. One can assume there never will be. The association of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with this case is too close for comfort for a police investigation– let alone media– to deliver any form of concrete information on the killings.
All we are left with is conjecture. Within Canadian media, the Trudeau-Sherman connection has been underplayed to the point of non-existence. Yet, there had to be some serious stakes at play for a targeted hit of this nature to occur at the Sherman home.
Could an issue related to the candidacy of Justin Trudeau have been a motive for the murders? Is it possible that a guilty verdict against Sherman for breaching the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct would have placed an irreparable black mark upon Justin Trudeau?
Maybe– and maybe not. After all, no scandal thus far has done so. From SNC Lavalin to the Aga Khan to WE Charity, Justin Trudeau escapes media scrutiny to the degree that he is able to win subsequent federal elections. Despite the sketchy circumstances — as well as lack of punitive measures– one point remains a reality: because Barry Sherman is dead, Canadians will never the degree to which a guilty verdict would have impacted a re-election of Justin Trudeau.
Was career devastation for Trudeau a potential result, and therefore a possible motive for the murders? Neither investigators, nor media, appear to be in a position to answer this question. No thinking Canadian should expect this to change.
Toronto Police stated at that time that authorities would continue to investigate. Over four years from the date of the murders, not a single piece of concrete evidence has come to light.
Is it fair to say nothing of the sort ever will?
Originally Published: January 31, 2022