Justin Trudeau was sworn into office on November 4th, 2015. In the 14 months he has been Prime Minister, he has managed to do one thing consistently: incur monumental debt with his absurd and careless spending of taxpayers money.
When a new government is elected, said government allocates funds to move their Cabinet and aides to Ottawa. Trudeau spent an estimated $1.1 million to relocate his staff, which is the highest amount in Canadian history. The specifics of this budget, however, are foggy. The Liberals claimed to have spent only $373,921 to reimburse the cost of moving, and only $52,777 on hotel costs.
If it sounds like the numbers do not add up, that is because they don’t.
According to the information provided by Trudeau’s government, there is still a missing $685,118 with no explanation.
In addition to this, two aides were reimbursed over $200,000 to move from Toronto to Ottawa. After the public became aware of this scandal, some of the money was returned and an apology was issued by the Liberals. More information on the moving costs scandal can be found here.
“But wait, there’s more!”, as a Used-Car Salesmen might say.
Since being sworn in, the Trudeau Foundation – a “non-partisan” charity named after Trudeau’s Father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau – has received a massive spike in donations from foreign donors. Also, in May 2016, the Prime Minister held a cash-for-access Liberal party fundraiser with the cost of attendance at $1500 per person. The scandals are simply too many to count.
Over the holidays, Prime Minister Trudeau and other Liberal MPs met with Aga Khan – a billionaire Imam – on his private island in the Bahamas. While many details are still being withheld, the few that have been released are dumbfounding. Trudeau, along with two MPs, brought their families to be privately introduced to Khan. Trudeau has defended his visit by claiming the 80 year old Imam and him to be friends. However, the Aga Khan Foundation actively lobbies Canada, and has received $300 million of public funds since 2004. So perhaps they are “friends”, and perhaps with benefits.
There are Canadian laws emplaced to limit influence from foreign lobbyists, such as prohibits MP’s from accepting gifts of private travel: “No minister of the Crown, minister of state or parliamentary secretary, no member of his or her family and no ministerial adviser or ministerial staff shall accept travel on non-commercial chartered or private aircraft for any purpose unless required in his or her capacity as a public office holder or in exceptional circumstances or with the prior approval of the commissioner”, as per the Conflict of Interest Act.
“The travel back and forth from Nassau to the island happens on the Aga Khan’s private helicopter, which he offered us the use of. That’s something I think we’re in the process of explaining in detail to the media, and its something that certainly we look forward to discussing with the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner but we don’t see an issue on that.”, Trudeau had to say regarding the controversy.
This is not the first time Aga Khan has flaunted his money and vacation destination for political gain, however. In September 2010, Khan was attempting to obtain permission to dredge inside a marine reserve to make room for his enormous luxury yacht. The former Bahamas Environment Minister, Earl Deveaux, also visited Khan as a passenger aboard the private helicopter. Earl Deveaux, however, suffered professional repercussions for his actions.
Recently the Trudeau government announced that he and his cabinet will go on a 3-day retreat in Calgary. The purpose of the trip: to prepare for Donald Trump as the new United States President. The cost of the trip has not yet been disclosed. Could these preparations not happen in Ottawa, saving taxpayers money? Especially so in light of Trudeau’s irresponsible spending habits? Even in the midst of a controversy such as the Aga Khan visit, Trudeau feels no inclination to walk on egg shells. Instead, he spends recklessly on a pointless, exuberant trip across the country.