Justin Trudeau says he looks forward to ethics meeting

Trudeau says he has no problem with answering questions from ethics commissioner Mary Dawson about his party’s controversial fundraising tactics


 
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a town hall with high school students in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 3, 2016. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a town hall with high school students in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 3, 2016. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has no problem with answering questions from ethics commissioner Mary Dawson about his party’s controversial fundraising tactics.

Trudeau has been under fire in the Commons for weeks over a series of private, $1,500-a-ticket Liberal party fundraisers with well-heeled donors.

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose has said the so-called “cash-for-access” practice smacks of corruption and asked Dawson to investigate.

A Globe and Mail report said Dawson agreed to question Trudeau on the issue to determine whether a more comprehensive investigation is warranted.

A spokeswoman for Dawson’s office would not confirm the report Thursday.

Trudeau has been pilloried in question period by the opposition because of a list of rules he handed out to his cabinet on taking office, warning ministers away from offering preferential access or even creating the perception of such access for party donors. However, with the Commons adjourned to the end of January, that public pressure has eased for the moment.

Trudeau told a news conference Thursday he wants to retain public confidence and maintain high ethical standards.

“We will always work with the ethics commissioner and anyone else who has questions of this government,” he said.

“I look forward to making sure we provide answers to anyone who is asking us questions about particular aspects of this government’s functioning, as is responsible for our various commissioners and officials to do.”

He said part of his government’s commitment is to respect rules and laws.

“That is something we have consistently done and will consistently do,” he said. “We have very strict rules on fundraising at the federal level and no one is suggesting we are not following those rules.”

NDP ethics critic Alexandre Boulerice welcomed the news that Dawson will look into the matter.

“For us, it’s a demonstration it’s a serious issue, that Mr. Trudeau and the Liberal party are in trouble, they have a problem with that,” he said in an interview.

Boulerice said he and his party want to see a full report on the discussion between Trudeau and Dawson.

“We hope it will not be … a flash in the pan with no tomorrow.”


 

Justin Trudeau says he looks forward to ethics meeting

  1. This is only a Witch Hunt and a smear campaign by the opposition parties and the right leaning conservative MSM. Glad to hear Trudeau has confidence about this situation, because if that Ethics Commissioner comes back with nothing ambiguous, the opposition parties and the right leaning MSM will have a lot of eggs to wipe off of their faces, and i can’t wait to see this to backfire on the opposition, as i always said, and i will say it again, don’t underestimate Justin Trudeau. What happens if the MSM finds out from the commissioner the same, will they retract their comments and smear campaign, no they won’t, they have to sell paper, not retract, it makes them look bad.

    • This will not move Trudeau’s numbers, and if this turns out bad for the opposition, trudeau’s numbers will lock in for the next election. The opposition may as well move to another country, because all the credibility they will have left from the last election, may just flush down the St Lawrence and Gulf, like the rest of the other thousands of litre’s of toxic waste, that floods out into the oceans daily.

    • I’ll be interested to see your comment if it were to go the other way…will you retract, or would that make you look bad

  2. If 1500 dinners represent unfair access then what does lobbyists no represent?

    I seriously doubt That there are a lot of poor people that can afford to hire lobbyists that have access to some minister so that their concerns can be heard.

    In other words if access to ministers should not involve money then we should start by eliminating lobbying.