Liberals the Party of “do as I say, not as I do”

January 16, 2017

The people of Saskatchewan are beginning to see Justin Trudeau and his Liberals for what they really are – the party of “do as I say, not as I do.”  The actions of this Liberal government over this last year have shown that all of their election talk about listening to and helping the middle class was simply empty campaign rhetoric. 

A party that values the opinion of hard-working moms, dads, farmers, business owners and seniors would not find itself accused of holding cash-for-access fundraisers.  There have been over 80 of these fundraisers held so far.  They have advertised special access to cabinet ministers and to the Prime Minister in exchange for a hefty political donation for entrance.  Toronto lawyers who were willing to pay $500 were given special access to the Justice Minister.  The elite of Nova Scotia willing to pay $1,500 were given special access to the Minister of Finance when he was in Halifax.  Even more astonishing, Chinese-Canadian billionaires willing to pay $1,500 to the Liberal Party were given personal access to the Prime Minister.  As a show of gratitude, one of these billionaires donated $1 million to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.  Regular hard-working Canadians cannot afford this steep fee to have the Prime Minister and his Ministers listen to their concerns. 

Then there’s the Prime Minister’s family vacation over Christmas on the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas – a vacation in which the Trudeau’s were joined by the President of the Liberal Party of Canada.  It is a fact that the Aga Khan’s foundation receives millions of dollars from the Canadian government each year for its projects around the world. The foundation is also listed as a registered lobbyist in Ottawa.  There are clear rules that govern how the Prime Minister and his Cabinet must conduct themselves with lobbyists. For the Prime Minister to accept the gift of a luxury vacation on the Aga Khan’s private island appears to be a clear violation of these rules.  It shows again that if you’re willing to pay for it, the Prime Minister is willing to listen.  At the very least, it shows that the Prime Minister thinks he’s above the rules when it comes to rubbing elbows with lobbyists.

It is clear that these elitist actions are starting to catch up with Justin Trudeau because his previously scheduled plans for January have hastily been cancelled.  Instead, he will be travelling across the country on a tour to “reconnect” with Canadians.  After only a year in Ottawa, why would a Prime Minister feel the need to reconnect with the people who elected him to office?  If he had been doing the job that he had been elected to do, if he had been listening to middle-class Canadians all along, perhaps he wouldn’t be finding himself so out of touch after just one year.

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