Can the Trudeau government even go one day without a new scandal?
A new report reveals that Liberal MP Raj Grewal put a business that he profits from on the guest list for events during Trudeau’s India trip
Despite his link to the company, it seems Grewal may not have gotten ethics commissioner approval first.
As reported by the National Post, “The head of a Greater Toronto Area construction company from which Grewal profits went to receptions attended by senior government officials in India last month, posing for photos with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, who is responsible for managing Canada’s massive infrastructure portfolio. In the company’s photo album on Facebook, Yusuf Yenilmez, CEO of Zgemi Inc., also appears in photos with Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, House Leader Bardish Chagger and Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, along with Grewal and other Liberal MPs.”
The report points out that Grewal’s justification for the invites is similar to the justifications used for how Jaspal Atwal was able to attend events in India, saying that they are glad to invite any person “interested in attending.”
And yet, for such a ‘nice’ and ‘open’ invite process, the Trudeau government doesn’t seem to wish to talk about it:
Reportedly, the PMO won’t give any on-the-record comments, and Grewal won’t say whether they knew about it. Also, “Grewal would not give a yes-or-no answer when asked if the ethics commissioner had reviewed whether the invitations from his office were appropriate.”
What makes this such an interesting story is that the Trudeau government appears to be following the exact same strategy that has gotten them in so much trouble: Release the bare minimum amount of info after apparently either skirting, or outright breaking the rules, then refuse to comment further while the scandal grows and people ask more and more questions.
What’s next, blaming Harper and Scheer?
Whatever the final outcome of Grewal’s actions, it will reinforce the growing perception that the Trudeau government simply doesn’t care about the rules, and doesn’t take the rules seriously. It’s an attitude that is spreading from the top down, as Trudeau’s arrogance is increasingly infecting the entire federal government.
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