The opposition is demanding answers.
As the Paradise Papers continue to generate anger across the country and much of the world, the opposition is demanding to know whether or not top Trudeau Fundraiser Stephen Bronfman is being investigated by the Canada Revenue Agency.
Reports on the Paradise Papers revealed that Bronfman had a link to an offshore trust.
The CRA says they will be looking into the Canadians linked to the Paradise Papers, but that’s not exactly what Trudeau seems to be saying.
As noted by iPolitics, “But the CRA and Trudeau are sending conflicting messages. The CRA said the agency has begun a review of Canadians connected to the papers. For Trudeau’s part, he told reporters he’s “satisfied” with Bronfman’s explanation and accepts Bronfman’s public assurances that he has followed all the rules. Bronfman said in a statement Monday that he “has never funded nor used offshore trusts.”‘
It seems Trudeau is quite quick to take his elitist buddy at his word, even before the CRA has done anything. If Trudeau was truly neutral and was looking out for the best interests of all Canadians, he would have waited to see what the CRA found – whether it was positive or negative.
Now, the opposition is pointing out that Trudeau has effectively declared that there’s no issue with Bronfman, which jumps ahead of the CRA and could interfere with any process by the government to look into it.
And notably, when asked directly whether Bronfman would be included in those being looked into by the CRA, the government revenue minister dodged the question.
Where’s all that “openness and transparency” they promised in 2015?