Parliament’s ethics commissioner has launched an investigation into Justin Trudeau giving $912 million of taxpayers’ money to distribute to a charity to which he’s personally connected.
The WE Charity, was sole sourced the contract that would give $5,000 for volunteer work done by students over the summer.
Trudeau justified it as saying “only the WE organization had the capacity” to deliver the program.
However, that claim has been rejected by experts.
Those experts have noted that there are many different organizations that would’ve been better placed to manage the program.
Yet, despite better options available, Trudeau chose to grant nearly a billion dollars of public money to his friends to distribute.
That’s nepotism at its worst. But it’s something we’ve come to expect from Trudeau.
This isn’t the first time Trudeau has run afoul of ethics laws either.
He’s already been found guilty twice. Now he’s going for the hat-trick.
His first offence was for his vacation at the private island of a registered lobbyist.
The second time was for his unlawful pressuring of the then-Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to interfere in a criminal trial in the SNC-Lavalin affair.
After our Conservative Official Opposition raised the alarm, WE Charity pulled out of the program. But Canadians deserve answers as to why they were granted it in the first place.
Grounded by COVID-19, many of the world’s airlines have begun to resemble dubious strangers hanging around school playgrounds with offers of confectionery. “Look what I have here,” they say. “Change your dates or cancel your flight altogether. It’s free! Come and see.”
Sitting squeezed into a metal tube for hours, breathing the same air as a crowd of strangers has probably never seemed less appealing, so the chance to delay or cancel a flight without penalty may be an unexpected blessing.
If the airline cancels the flight, a complete refund may be your legal right, but accept their offer and cancel yourself and the resulting terms and conditions – the requirement to rebook only on exactly the same route and within a limited time, for instance – may leave a bitter aftertaste.
“The best advice in this situation is not to cancel until the airline cancels,” says Dr Gábor Lukács, president of Canadian non-profit organisation Air Passenger Rights.
(Read the full column by Peter Neville-Hadley here)
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Here are a couple of recent comments:
“Thanks so much for the Canada Day video. And for the other videos as well. The one about Ezio the policeman was well done and much appreciated, as are our men and women in the Police Service. Canada absolutely could NOT do without them!! The alternative is frightening when we see what is happening in the States. Anyway, Happy Canada Day to you and your family!” — Bob K.
“Happy Canada Day to you all. Hope you enjoy your day and stay safe. Also I’m sure you’ll agree with me that we really do live in the best country on the planet.” — Tom D.
“The Chretien Liberals had Adscam hidden away from the public eye. The Trudeau Liberals are flaunting their corruption right under our noses.” — Toni S.
“So the federal public service sits on their hands while Justin Trudeau gives control of 900 million dollars of Canadian Taxpayer funds to friends and financial supporters that will siphon money back to the Trudeau Foundation!!!” — Brett N.
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