In Victoria, the legislature spending scandal enters an unpredictable new phase, while in Ottawa, the SNC-Lavalin affair is about to get even wilder.Two capital cities, two raging scandals.In Ottawa, the SNC-Lavalin affair is producing steady eruptions of bad news for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.And in Victoria, Speaker Darry Plecas keeps swinging his political wrecking ball in the shocking legislature spending scandal.Both could get even wilder and crazier in the days ahead, with immediate impacts set to be felt in the crucial Burnaby South byelection.Monday’s byelection battle pits federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh against Liberal candidate Richard Lee.This one looked like a walk in the proverbial park for Singh after the Liberals’ original candidate, Karen Wang, was replaced for singling out Singh’s South Asian ethnicity in a social-media post.The Liberals brought in an emergency pinch-hitter in Lee, a former provincial MLA who won four straight elections for the B.C. Liberals.Ironically, the Wang affair may have actually helped the Liberals because Lee is arguably a better candidate.But then things went berserk back in Ottawa, where Trudeau’s office was accused of pressuring former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to give a cushy plea-bargain deal to Montreal-based corporation SNC-Lavalin, which is facing criminal corruption charges.The timing was perfect for Singh, who demanded a public inquiry.“Canadians deserve to know if their government is working for them or for a massive corporation with deep ties to the Liberal party,” Singh said.Will the SNC-Lavalin scandal help Singh beat his Liberal opponent on Monday? He’d better hope so.If Singh loses — and the Liberals came awfully close to winning the riding less than four years ago — he will likely be forced out as NDP leader with a federal election looming in the fall.Lee has tiptoed carefully around the SNC-Lavalin affair, avoiding direct comments while insisting he stands for clean, honest government.“I believe in transparent, better politics,” Lee said.On paper, Singh should finally win a seat in the House of Commons Monday. In reality, he is in tough, in a riding where he’s seen as an outsider from Ontario.Ironically, many Liberals might be secretly hoping Singh wins the byelection and continues his uninspiring leadership of the NDP, which is trailing badly in national polls.But, even if they still have Singh to kick around, the SNC-Lavalin affair is still damaging Trudeau.The drama has unfolded in the worst possible way for the prime minister and his Liberal government: A daily drip-by-drip series of damaging revelations. And the worst could be yet to come.Wilson-Raybould is now set to testify in front of the federal justice committee. Her appearance could come as early as Monday, at the same time Burnaby South voters are heading to the polls.What will the former AG have to say? She has so far refused to comment, insisting her former role as the country’s top lawyer prevents her from speaking because of solicitor-client confidentiality.She clearly wants to tell her story. Ottawa is awash in whispers that she already told cabinet colleagues that she was pushed to give SNC-Lavalin a get-out-of-jail-free card.If Wilson-Raybould tells the committee this week that she was inappropriately pressured to let a Liberal-linked company off the hook on criminal charges, Trudeau’s troubles are going to deepen.In Victoria, meanwhile, the Darryl Plecas Show continues to shake the people’s house to its foundations.Last week, the Speaker released yet another report on the legislature spending scandal, insisting suspended officials Craig James and Gary Lenz took lavish “business” trips that were more like vacations.A trip to study earthquake preparedness was really a whale-watching adventure, Plecas wrote, while a getaway to Seattle to review “emergency evacuation procedures” at Safeco Field turned into a group outing to a Seattle Mariners baseball game.“What in fact appears to be the case is that their extensive ‘work’ travels served as their de facto holidays,” Plecas wrote.The sour cherry on top of this rotten sundae for taxpayers? Plecas said James and Lenz routinely demanded cash payouts for their vacation time, insisting they didn’t take holidays.Where does it all go from here? The all-party committee that “manages” your money at the legislature voted last week to bring in a retired judge to review the whole stinking mess.Alan Mullen, the Speaker’s chief of staff, said he expects the former judge to review the findings in a matter of weeks rather than months.Could that lead to James and Lenz being fired? The two men, who insist they have done nothing wrong and want their jobs back, are currently on paid leave.“I don’t think the information contained in these reports is leadership,” Mullen said.“I’m not a member of the house, so it would be inappropriate for me to say whether they should or should not be fired. But as a British Columbian, that’s not leadership.”Plecas, meanwhile, has no plans to stop swinging his wrecking ball and will issue more reports on wrongdoing at the legislature.Said Mullen: “We’ve got a job to do and British Columbians are screaming loud and clear, ‘Please don’t stop. Please keep going.’ Oh my goodness, are we going to keep going? That’s a big Yes.”In this tale of two political cities, don’t expect the drama to email@example.com/MikeSmythNewsCLICK HERE to report a typo. Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.