Sunday, November 29

Political Ethics

LILLEY: Trudeau appears to have used WE language when announcing student deal
Canada, Columnists, Government Of Canada, Justin Trudeau, Liberals, Political Ethics

LILLEY: Trudeau appears to have used WE language when announcing student deal

Article content continuedThe problem is that between early 2016 and early 2020, Justin Trudeau’s mother was paid more than $312,00 in speaking fees and $167,944 in travel and other expenses to speak at WE Days and other associated events.Trudeau though never saw his giving a massive contract to a charity he was closely tied to as being a problem. In fact, he denied he was ever in a conflict of interest.We apologize, but this video has failed to load.According to the details provided by WE themselves, they were pitching Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Small Business Minister Mary Ng and Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth Bardish Chagger by early April in relation to a youth entrepreneurship program.By May 5, WE began to incur expenses in relation to the program even though Trudeau...
LILLEY: The charity scandal that rocked the Trudeau government and how it happened
Bill Morneau, Canada, Columnists, Justin Trudeau, Liberals, Political Ethics

LILLEY: The charity scandal that rocked the Trudeau government and how it happened

It’s a scandal like none I’ve seen that has rocked the Trudeau government and spawned at least five investigations into the government actions.Even CNN has speculated that this could bring down the Trudeau Liberals.I’m not sure about that but it is a story that keeps on revealing more.What started out as an attempt to help young people financially by introducing the Canada Student Service Grant has morphed into something else. The allegation is that this contract was just too cozy, that Justin Trudeau and others in his government were simply too close to the people getting a $912 million sole-sourced contract.Along with giving the government headaches, this saga has shaken one of the biggest charities in the country.Keeping track of it all can be difficult so let me try and help ...
Bill Morneau, Canada, Columnists, Government Of Canada, Justin Trudeau, Liberals, Political Ethics

LILLEY: Liberal connections to WE continue to pile up

It’s getting harder to tell where the Liberal Party of Canada ends and WE Charity begins.After finding out, despite denials, that the Prime Minister’s family was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to appear at WE Day events and that Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s two daughters have been involved – one even working for WE now – we find out more.Did you know the Morneau clan took a trip to Ecuador with WE in December 2017? That’s right, Morneau, his wife Nancy McCain and their children were hosted by WE near Tena in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest. This was after Ms. McCain and the couple’s daughter Clare Morneau were part of a trip to Kenya earlier that same year.“In both cases the Morneau family covered all associated costs and expenses,” said Morneau’s spokesman Pierre-Olivier H...
Columnists, federal government, Justin Trudeau, Opinion Columnists, Political Ethics

GUNTER: Here’s why Trudeau keeps making ethics blunders

On Wednesday, during one of the House of Common’s rare sitting days permitted by our current Liberal minority government, there was an exchange between Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that does as much as anything to explain why Trudeau keeps making ethics blunders.It also explains why Liberal voters continue to stand by him.Scheer asked the PM whether he would waive “privileges and confidences” in the ethics commissioner’s investigation of the WE Charity scandal.“Privileges and confidences” refers, mostly, to rules governing the confidentiality of cabinet discussions. What ministers say at cabinet and among themselves (and in many cases with senior civil servants) cannot be divulged to the public until decades later.Like doctor-patient and law...
Canada, Columnists, Government Of Canada, Justin Trudeau, Liberals, Political Ethics

GOLDSTEIN: Eastern Canada unfazed by Trudeau’s lack of ethics

As recent political history shows, the Conservatives should not pin their hopes on the Trudeau-WE Charity scandal alone bringing down the Liberals.To win, the next Conservative leader will have to convince voters they can safely hand the keys of government to the Tories and they won’t wreck the place.Voters already knew Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lacks any sense of ethics when it comes to conflict of interest laws.They re-elected him anyway last October, or, more accurately, Eastern Canadian voters did — albeit reducing his majority government to a minority — because they didn’t consider Andrew Scheer a viable alternative.They knew Trudeau acts like an arrogant elitist who believes he’s entitled to break the rules lesser mortals must follow.They knew that when caught, Trudeau ...
Canada, Columnists, Government Of Canada, Liberals, Political Ethics, Trudeau

LILLEY: More family ties and call for cops to probe Trudeau-WE fiasco

It really is a family affair between the Trudeau government and the WE organizations. Yep, turns out Finance Minister Bill Morneau has a couple of family connections to WE – his daughters.The news comes the day after it was revealed Trudeau family members were paid more than $353,000 to speak at various WE Day events. At this point I’m getting the feeling it might be easier to ask which senior Liberals around the PM don’t have a connection to one of the many WE organizations.Oh, and just like Trudeau, it seems Morneau didn’t think he should have recused himself from approving a nearly $1 billion sole sourced government contract for WE to run a student grant program.Unlike the Trudeau family members – the PM’s mother, brother and wife – Morneau has a family member currently on the...