Trudeau Liberals get “F” for lack of transparency & contempt of Parliament

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Ministers are clearly showing contempt for Canadian voters and the Canadian Parliament. In December, the PM and his family took a trip to a private island owned by billionaire the Aga Khan billing Canadian taxpayers $100,000+ to pay for the trip. Talk about an attitude of entitlement! As a result, the whole matter is being investigated by the Ethics Commissioner.

Then, recently, we heard that Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan exaggerated his war record in Afghanistan in a speech he gave in India on April 18, 2017 when he claimed that he was “the” architect of Operation Medusa. In fact, this exaggerated claim was made before in a CBC interview in 2015. (See also this Google search page for videos of that earlier interview.) So, how was it only a mistake this time?

Anyway, you would think that both of them would be more than ready to set the record straight in Question Period. Yes, apologize but pay the consequences as well. In Sajjan’s case, by resigning. In the PM’s case, by paying the travel expenses out of his own pocket.

Yet, when asked questions on those matters this week, both used robotic non-answers that showed nothing but contempt for their questioners and Parliament itself. Sad really, But, as a former professor, if I were grading the Trudeau Liberals, using their own criteria regarding transparency and accountability, I would have to give them an “F” for failure.

And, here are two examples that illustrate that failure, courtesy of a May 12, 2017 CBC column by Robyn Urback. (H/T NewswatchCanada)

(1) Prime Minister Trudeau was asked how many times he has met with the Ethics Commissioner regarding his December 2016 trip to the private island of the Aga Khan.

  • His first reply: “Mr. Speaker, as you know, I am always pleased to work with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner to answer any questions she may have.”
  • Asked a second time: “Mr. Speaker, as I have always said, I am very pleased to meet with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner and work with her to answer any questions she may have on this subject or any other.”
  • Asked a third time: “Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to work with the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner to answer any questions she may have. That is what Canadians expect of the prime minister and that is exactly what I am doing.”

(2) Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was asked why he claimed he was the architect of Operation Medusa in Afghanistan — when he was not.

  • His first reply: “I in no way intended to diminish the great work that our men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces have done, and their superiors, and I am truly sorry for it.”
  • Asked a second time: “Mr. Speaker, I am not here to talk about my service record. I am here to apologize for my mistake and to be able to learn from it.”
  • Asked a third time: “Mr. Speaker, I am not here to talk about my service record. I am here to apologize for my mistake and to be able to learn from it.”

And, on and on it goes and we are not even half way through the Liberals’ four year mandate. The crux of the matter is that the PM and Sajjin’s responses show contempt, not only for the voters who gave the Liberals a majority government, but for Parliament itself. What Sajjin did was certainly a “mistake” as both he and the PM claimed, but it was more than that as well– especially since it was the second time he made the “mistake.” Meaning, from the get-go, it was a lie. As for the PM’s contempt, billing more than $100,000 to the taxpayers for his family’s deluxe trip showed a complete lack of judgement.

Canadian PM Trudeau’s “sunny ways” really meant entitled “arrogant ways”

Trudeau caucus swearing in at Rideau Hall October 2015. Click for photo credit Ottawa Citizen.

How many Canadians remember the results of the Canadian federal election in 2015? It was a majority Liberal government under Justin Trudeau’s leadership. How did that happen?

It happened because the Liberals and the liberal media convinced voters that the Trudeau Liberals were different from the Adscam Liberals. They were “sunny ways” from beginning to end! Transparent, fair and equitable!

And, most important, of course, unlike the Harper Conservatives, the Liberal Cabinet would not be governing from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). No, no, never!

What hogwash that spin was.

Here we are, only a year and a half  later and we now know that these new Liberals are just as arrogant and entitled as the old ones — perhaps even more so.

A few examples of that attitude:

(1) The Trudeau Liberals continually try to shut down opposition debate and standing orders in the House of Commons by pretending they are trying to “modernize it.” In fact, the Liberals recently tried to change parliamentary rules so that the PM only had to be in Question Period once a week;

(2) Trudeau Cabinet Ministers take no personal responsibility to resign when they have been caught in outright lies. For example, Minister Maryam Monsef and the Liberal Party of Canada lied during the 2015 election campaign about where she was born– Iran as opposed to Afghanistan. Then, this past week, we learned that Defence Minister Harjjit Sajjan claimed to be Operation Medusa architect when he was not. A mistake? For sure. But an untruth nonetheless.

(3) PM Trudeau said in January, 2017, that the Liberals were going to end the cash-for-access Liberal fundraising. Well, he did something but it wasn’t to end them. We learned this week, he simply tweaked the policy around the edges. All they are going to change is to claim that all Liberal fundraising events are open to the public. Yea, sure. What non-Liberal is going to pay big bucks to attend such a partisan event?

(4) PM Trudeau billed Canadians taxpayers $127,000 for a Christmas vacation on a billionaires private island. That certainly takes a certain moxie of entitlement doesn’t it? So much for helping the middle class taxpayer.

(5) Then, of course, there is the issue of the role of staff in the PMO. Remember how the Liberals and liberal media berated the Harper PMO as too controlling. Well, guess what? The PMO under Trudeau is even more controlling. In fact, there are jokes that the PM’s senior adviser Gerald Butts is the man behind the curtain — meaning the real PM. Remember too that each Minister was given their marching orders after being sworn in.

(6) Today I learned that political correctness and identity politics is now running the country’s university human resource departments. Specifically, Chris Hannay of the Globe and Mail writes about the “targets” universities have to meet in terms of diversity of hiring — if they don’t want to lose their federal research chair funds. Pathetic to say the least.

Of course, I could go on and on (e.g., I didn’t even get into their outdated and unrealistic climate policies) but I believe my point is clear. Liberal progressive ideology is destroying the very fabric of Canada. The crux of the matter is that 2019 can’t come soon enough for Canadian voters to show the Trudeau gang the door.

Trudeau Liberals returning to “entitlement” roots in just over a year?

piggy-bank-3Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Ministers have been having questionable fundraising activities and the media basically yawns.

Not only that, Mary Dawson, the Parliamentary Ethics Commissioner, who so easily and quickly went after the Conservatives, symbolically yawns as well when she suggests there is no obvious reason for an investigation into those activities.

For example, a CBC column states (H/T NewsWatchCanada): “In a letter responding to requests for an inquiry from the Conservatives and the NDP, Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson said there is no evidence to date that demonstrates Trudeau … violated the Conflict of Interest Act.

‘While the information provided in support of the allegations is not sufficient to cause me to initiate an examination under the act at this time, your letter and media articles leave me with concerns …. Consequently, I will follow up with Mr. Trudeau regarding his involvement with the fundraising events …. I will inform you of the outcome in due course.

So, Dawson will do an Opposition “follow-up” but not an investigation under the Conflict of Interest Act? Why not? Is not following up on the allegations an investigation?

Let me help the Dawson Ethics researchers with facts that we know.

(1) We know that PM Trudeau attends fundraising receptions that, according to a Globe and Mail article, cost $1,500 a ticket and are held in homes of well-heeled business executives where up to $120,000 can be collected in a single reception. As the Sun’s Lorrie Goldstein writes, Mr. Trudeau has admitted that he is lobbied  (H/T NewsWatchCanada) at those events.

As Rona Ambrose, the Conservative Interim Opposition Leader says in the Globe column: “Everyone knows they [the donors] are not writing … cheques out of the goodness of their hearts … [but] to buy access to him.”

(2) We also know that some Chinese billionaires are donating to the Trudeau Foundation because, not being Canadian citizens, they cannot donate to the Liberal Party. Why would they do that suddenly now? In the Globe column linked above, Ambrose says she believes it is so that they can gain influence with the government.  

Paying for access? Sounds very close to similar allegations against the Clinton Foundation in the U.S. when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. See this link, for example, at JacksNewswatch.

Pathetic whatever it is and shades of Ontario Liberal arrogance. Remember, right after being elected, Trudeau said his Liberal Government would do things differently. Now we know that is not true and actually was never intended to be true given Trudeau’s expectations for the Foundation prior to his party even becoming the governing party. On that earlier history, J.J. McCullough has something to say at Loonie Politics. 

Anyway, talk about double standards! Can you just imagine if the government involved in this sordidness was the Conservative Party of Canada and the PM was Stephen Harper? There would be non-stop 24/7 hysteria — as this Google page reminds us.

The crux of the matter is that there is obviously one standard of ethics for Conservatives and another, much lower standard for Liberals — which might explain why Mary Dawson doesn’t see the need for an investigation yet.

As the popular expression goes — “same old, same old.” I can only hope that Canadian voters will not be fooled in 2019 and will reject Trudeau and his Liberals, not only for his and their arrogant entitled attitude once in power, but their lies to get and stay there as well.