Trudeau Guilty – Media Protect Trudeau
Democracy Watch says Trudeau’s staff should also be found guilty of violating ethics rules in SNC-Lavalin case
The biggest news story in Canada this morning is the ethics commissioner’s report declaring that Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act.
Mario Dion concluded that the prime minister’s actions didn’t conform with section 9 when he tried to influence former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to reconsider the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.
This section prohibits public office holders from using their position to seek to influence a decision of another person so as to advance their own private interests or those of a relative or friend, or to improperly further another person’s private interests.
Trudeau guilty, just before Hell was about to freeze over
Federal Ethics Commission Mary Dawson has given Canadians an early Christmas present by formally finding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau guilty of breaking the law with his Yuletide vacation in 2016 to the sun-drenched private Caribbean island of the Aga Khan.
Most of us thought she was waiting for Hell to freeze over before making her ruling, although she did come close.
Her last day on the job is Jan. 8.
During the two years the Trudeau Liberals have been in power, it has become increasingly obvious that the PM and his cabinet cohorts have a tin ear when it comes to issues involving ethics.
Media freedom under Trudeau’s Liberals is worse than ever
According to Reporters Without Borders’ 2019 World Press Freedom Index, Canada has fallen to 18th in the world in terms of media freedom, well below Jamaica and even Costa Rica. We were 8th in the world in 2013. Such a decline in integrity signifies a major shift in our government’s position on freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and their overall approach to, and growing acceptance of, censorship.
As Reporters Without Borders explains, “Despite recent positive steps, like the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry to investigate Quebec police surveillance of multiple journalists, and the adoption of a federal press “shield law” to protect the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, his [Justin Trudeau’s] first two years in office have been an overall disappointment.”
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson comes out as gay after 40 years
In a column published in the Ottawa Citizen on Saturday, Watson writes that it was a “mistake” not coming out sooner.
He writes that he was worried about how his family, friends and colleagues would react and he struggled coming to terms with his sexuality during his childhood.
Watson says he was inspired to write the column after he raised the pride flag at city hall during the 2014 Olympic Games in Russia to show solidarity with LGBTQ athletes who feared the Russian government’s views on homosexuality.
Watson says he was also convinced to come out of the closet after he was approached by a man in a park two years ago who told him he shouldn’t go to the Ottawa Pride Parade, calling it the “fag parade.”
Liberal ‘One-Percenter’ bemoans family’s wealth: ‘This much money is wrong’
A liberal man who claims to be part of the “One Percent” has recalled his suffering from wealth anxiety in a tone-deaf illustrated essay, saying, “I think having this much money is wrong.”
Adam Roberts, a Boston community organizer working to help wealthy young people “become transformative leaders,” published an illustrated essay at the left-wing Vox outlet explaining the difficulties of being a progressive and wealthy due to his family riches.
One-of-a-Kind 1939 Porsche Predecessor Fails to Sell After Auction Blunder
A bulbous race car from the 1930s was expected to be the most expensive car with the Porsche name ever sold at auction. But the sale was marred by a confusing mix-up on the auction stage.
Technically speaking, the Type 64 isn’t really a Porsche because the company didn’t yet exist when Ferdinand Porsche created the car in Nazi Germany. But its role as the ancestor of today’s Porsche sports cars is clear, and it was expected to sell Saturday for as much as $20 million.