“He was too high and too mighty for such silly rules.”
I can assure Canadians, if we are honoured to get the chance to run this great country of ours… fines and punishments will not be token amounts. Actually they will not be amounts at all, they will be percentages of salary. So, when a silver spooned person like Trudeau breaks the rules, he won’t have received a tiny fine such as the $500 Justin Faces. $500 to Justin Trudeau is like $1.00 to the average Canadian. The percentage will be high enough to make those that need to follow the rules think twice before thinking the rules don’t apply to them.
Oh, and while on the subject, our leaders won’t be spending the tax payer’s money in foreign counties on lavish vacations. There are way too many beautiful locations in Canada to explore… not to mention keeping the money where it belongs… in Canada.
There is no question that $500 is pocket change to our silver-spooned prime minister, and probably less than the cost of one well-tailored sleeve on one of his many bespoke suits.
It is, however, the maximum fine Justin Trudeau will incur if Canada’s Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson finds him guilty of breaking rules with his secretive fun-in-the-sun jaunt to the Aga Khan’s private Bahamian island over the New Year.
But surely it strips Trudeau of any claim to personal integrity.
Surely it leaves him naked.
There is no doubt Trudeau broke rules and, worse, he broke his own — rules he laid down when first elected prime minister to give the illusion to the electorate that he was would be a prime minister where everything would be transparent and above board.
He claimed he would be everything that Stephen Harper wasn’t, leaving the impression that his Conservative predecessor was secretive and therefore suspect of some undisclosed wrongs.
Instead, Trudeau has now become the first PM to ever have the ethics watchdog sniffing him out.
Trudeau’s own Open and Accountable Government guidelines, to cite one example, restricts sponsored travel unless it is “exceptional circumstances and only with the prior approval” of the ethics commissioner.
Trudeau never sought permission to flit off to the Aga Khan’s $100-million private island with his pals, and he admitted as much.
If it crossed his mind, he crossed it off.
He was too high and too mighty for such silly rules.
He wasn’t going to let the opportunity for an expense-paid vacation of high-end luxury be lost over a $500 fine.
So, what did he do? He called up his pal, Liberal MP Seamus O’Regan, told him and his husband to pack their bags, and did the same with Liberal Party President Ann Gainey and her husband.
And, oh yes, there was one caveat: Keep your mouths shut.
And keep them shut about everything, including the bit about getting to the Aga Khan’s island some 115 kilometres from Nassau on the billionaire religious leader’s private helicopter, something that is also prohibited by government rules.
The trip was so much on the down-low, in fact, that Trudeau ordered his press office at the PMO to provide absolutely no details of his whereabouts, other than he was “out of the country.”
Add to this the cash-for-access fiasco, including Trudeau’s private dining in a Toronto mansion with Chinese billionaires connected to Beijing, and all of his claims of running a transparent government have been lost.
Not to go too deep into the weeds, but the left-wing crowd certainly had their field day with fiscally-conservative former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford back in 2012 for an alleged ethics breach after he used his City Hall letterhead to solicit $3,150 in comparatively chump-change money for his football charity aimed at underprivileged kids.
Where are these same self-righteous moralists now that their hero has been tagged playing an off-limits game of hide-and-seek?
They are silent, of course, as most hypocrites are when the tables unexpectedly get turned.