The Honourable Patrick K. Gleeson, a judge of the Federal Court of Canada and a former Deputy Judge Advocate General in the Canadian Armed Forces, has, according to an article in the online Blacklock’s Reporter, datelined today (April 16th) “ordered the Commissioner of Lobbying to reopen an investigation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s dealings with the Aga Khan. The ruling follows multiple trips by the Trudeau Family to the Aga Khan’s private Bahamian isle … “The decision is quashed and returned for redetermination,” wrote Justice Patrick Gleeson … [and, the court added] … “It begins and ends with the simple question of monetary payment” … [and] … “Restricting the analysis to this narrow question is inconsistent with both the wording of the Act and the objects and purposes of the Lobbyists’ Code” … [plus] … “The Commissioner was required to take a broad view of the circumstances in addressing the complaint,” said Justice Gleeson. “Instead, the record before the Court reflects a narrow, technical and targeted analysis that is lacking in transparency, justification, and intelligibility when considered in the context the Commissioner’s duties and functions. The decision is unreasonable.”“
The report notes that “Then-Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd in 2017 dismissed a complaint that the Aga Khan violated the Lobbyists’ Code by hosting the Prime Minister and his family at his private island. Shepherd ruled that, since the Aga Khan is not a registered lobbyist, no breach of the Lobbying Act occurred … [and that is the decision which Democracy Watch opposed and which Mr Justice Gleeson overturned, but] … The [former] Commissioner of Ethics in a separate 2017 Trudeau Report concluded the Prime Minister’s acceptance of a $215,000 sun holiday was a breach of the Conflict Of Interest Act. Trudeau claimed had a personal friendship with the Aga Khan, an argument dismissed by the Commissioner. Under the Conflict Of Interest Act, legislators do not have to report gifts over $200 “from a relative or friend” … [but] … In the Aga Khan case, the Commissioner said she could find no evidence of any actual friendship with the Prime Minister. The two met once in a thirty-year period, at a 2000 funeral for Pierre Trudeau … [thus, former ethics commissioner Mary Dawson said] … “There were no private interactions between Mr. Trudeau and the Aga Khan until Mr. Trudeau became leader of the Liberal Party” … [and] … “This led me to conclude their relationship cannot be described as one of friends for the purposes of this Act.”“
So, just when Team Trudeau though that they had managed to change the channel one ethics scandal ~ ‘Lavscam‘ ~ another one comes back from the grave to bite them where it hurts. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s lack of judgment and ethical failings is a gift that keeps on giving, isn’t it?
When, I must ask, are the grownups in the Liberal family, in the Party hierarchy, in the caucus and in the cabinet, going to appreciate that they have been saddled, and they have saddled the country with a loser? I don’t mean that he is bound to lose in 2019; that’s far from certain; he’s a formidable campaigner; he’s attractive and charismatic; but he is, also, clearly a second rate person, at best. He has broken promise after promise, he has sullied Canada’s image and reputation in the world, he’s the only prime minister in history who has been fined for multiple breaches of the ethical rules governing his office and now he may be trying to cover up an actual breach of the criminal law: attempted obstruction of justice. It is past time to dump him.