The Globe and Mail, which is not exactly an enemy of the Trudeau regime, asks, in an editorial: “Ever wondered what a conflict of interest looks like?” The Globe answers its own question by saying that if one is looking for an answer they need only “Consider the Trudeau government’s decision to award a large contract to WE Charity. WE withdrew from the deal last Friday, but federal conflict-of-interest commissioner Mario Dion will be looking into it nonetheless … [and the Good Grey Globe‘s editorial board opines] … He should, because Ottawa’s handling of this arrangement has been troubling from the day it was announced … [because] … For starters, the contract was untendered. Even small government procurement jobs are put out for competitive bids; this was a deal to oversee and administer a $912-million program. Why no competition? … [and] … Then there is the fact that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his mother, Margaret Trudeau, his brother Alexandre and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, have a long relationship with WE Charity and its founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger … [and] … Over the years, all have appeared on WE stages in front of massive, WE-provided audiences – events that are a cross between political rallies and pop concerts.“
In short, this is what conflict of interest looks like:
Conflict of interest is the Kielburgers using their registered charity, which gets considerable tax breaks, to campaign, actively, for Justin Trudeau’s election and then receiving tens of millions of our tax dollars in return, as a quid pro quo. It is the Laurentian Elites not even trying to be subtle anymore … just rolling in their entitlements.
The Globe and Mail explains that the notion of volunteerism is all but lost in this. Everyone, including the so-called volunteers, gets paid. It is, mainly, a way to hand out money and then remind recipients that Justin Trudeau is behind it so please remember that when an election is called. The Globe‘s editorial board concludes that “The whole thing raises questions about the Trudeau government from start to finish – questions that aren’t put to rest just because WE Charity is no longer administering the program and has said any government funds it has received will be returned.“
The editorial board also says that “The Trudeau government initially said that WE was the only body in Canada capable of running the program and that’s why it was chosen … [but] … In the end, the program will continue, but it will be managed by the federal bureaucracy, which must now somehow muster the competence that Mr. Trudeau once insisted could only be found in a private organization that has given him a valuable platform throughout his political career … [and that, they say, is] … what a conflict of interest looks like.“
The conflict of interest seems quite clear to me. What also seems clear is that the Kielburgher’s charity needs to lose its charitable status, for tax purposes, and it and the Liberal Party of Canada both need to face charges, brought by Elections Canada, for making and accepting illegal campaign contributions.
Remember Dean DelMastro? He was guilty of making illegal campaign contributions with his own money. A court decided that after a fair trial and an appeal court upheld the verdict. He did wrong. He was punished for that. But he complained of unequal treatment. It looks like he may have been right. I’m not suggesting that Mr DelMastro was improperly charged, tried and convicted … but I am suggesting that those handcuffs would look good on Justin Trudeau, Gerald Butts, Katie Telford and the Kielburger brothers, too.
The Liberal Party of Canada needs a thorough cleaning, an Augean Stables type of task, I think. Maybe, if honest, responsible Liberals ~ and there are many, most of the several hundred thousand registered Liberals are good, honest people ~ can come together and do the right thing Canada can avoid the sight of its political leaders in the dock.
There are many good choices to lead the Party in opposition …
… which is what it will need, for a decade, while it restores itself to what Canada both needs and deserves.
If the Liberal Pary chooses Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Andrew Leslie, or Dr Jane Philpott to lead it then it will, very clearly, tell Canadians that it has learned from the Trudeau experience and that it puts ethics first ~ all three resigned or were expelled from caucus or refused to run again for “ethical” reasons. Those are the reasons that the Liberals need to change.