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Justin Trudeau distances himself from private Liberal fundraiser

Trudeau says he has not been associated in any formal or informal way with the foundation bearing his father’s name since he was first elected in 2008


 

MONROVIA, Liberia — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is distancing himself from a growing opposition furor over a private Liberal fundraiser where one attendee subsequently donated $1 million to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Trudeau — speaking in the Liberian capital of Monrovia — says he has not been associated in any formal or informal way with the foundation bearing his father’s name since he was first elected to the House of Commons.

The prime minister says he made the split to show there is a “tremendous separation” between himself and the foundation.

Trudeau pointed out two members of the board of directors — former Conservative cabinet minister Chuck Strahl and former NDP deputy leader Megan Leslie — as assurance that the foundation’s operations are separate from anything he does as prime minister or as party leader.

Liberal MPs have dismissed opposition concerns about Trudeau’s appearance at the $1,500-a-ticket private fundraiser in May, labelling as conspiracy theory any links between the party and the $1 million donation.

Opposition MPs say Trudeau broke the spirit of the law and his own ethical standards set out to cabinet ministers that they must avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.


 

Justin Trudeau distances himself from private Liberal fundraiser

  1. PERCEPTION … I believe the information regarding the donation rules include the word perception. JT attends a gathering where Chinese business people end up donating huge sums of $$$ to his FATHER’s foundation, including a sum to construct a statue of P.E.T. I’m sorry but the spirit of the guidelines have not been upheld.

  2. Just the media and Opposition doing their usual ‘nibbled to death by ducks’ routine.

    No wonder we don’t get much done in this country.

    • Sounds very much like a DT comment without the expletives ….

  3. It should be useful to have a greater understanding of Chinese business culture. Chinese businesses may, generally speaking, involve themselves in Canadian business without the PM’s involvement. But for a Chinese person (in China) to visit the office of a CEO with a huge picture of himself together with The Prime Minister of Canada on the wall (or the same picture on the Website) is worth 10 times the value of any actual contract. “The Prime Minister, Justin, is my best friend.” is worth more than $1 million, and with kowtowing followers clambering to shake his hand, you can be sure that he will exploit such pictures to his utmost.

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