I will resist the temptation to buy into the opposition narrative that this is somehow buying access
Allie, Colin and David talk about Trudeau’s statement on Castro, the Liberal “cash-for-access” scandal, and the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline.
Trudeau’s statement on Castro: The most traction
Fidel Castro died on Friday, November 25 at the age of 90. Following his death, the Prime Minister issued a statement on his passing that sparked substantial backlash online and in the House. Many, in Canada and abroad, felt the statement glossed over the human rights violations that occurred under Castro’s regime and that Trudeau – as the leader of a democratic nation – was entirely too warm toward the late dictator. For some context, the Trudeau’s have a history with Castro: Justin Trudeau’s father considered him a friend and Castro attended Pierre Trudeau’s funeral in 2000.
Following the statement #trudeaueulogies started trending on Twitter as people posted mock eulogies for other dictators like Mussolini and Genghis Khan. Amidst the criticism, Justin Trudeau is standing by his statement, although he will not be attending Castro’s funeral. The Governor General has been asked to attend instead.
Liberal “cash-for-access”: No traction
The Liberals continued to be plagued by accusations of elitism and favouritism. This week, it came to light that the Prime Minister attended a fundraising dinner in May with a wealthy Chinese-Canadian businessman. Tickets for the dinner cost $1,500. Cue the same critique that’s been levelled at the party all year: that this gives influential access to members of government to wealthy people.
Pipeline approvals: Traction
On Tuesday, November 29, the Liberal government approved Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project and Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Program. Trans Mountain is a 1,150-km project that will travel from Edmonton to Burnaby and cost $6.8 billion. Kinder Morgan says the project will create 15,000 jobs a year during construction and another 37,000 for every year the pipeline is operating. Many are happy about the announcement and the prospect of turning Alberta’s economy around. Leading up to the approval the government made some big announcements on climate change – most notably, the carbon tax. Post pipeline project approval, some are viewing this as social license, while others feel like they were empty promises to protect the environment. Top 3 Links Shared Online Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro Trudeau cabinet to discuss Trans Mountain pipeline Tuesday as B.C. First Nation vows to oppose it Justin Trudeau’s 3 funniest excuses for having a secret fundraising dinner with Chinese billionaires
Top 3 Links Shared
- Online Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro
- Trudeau cabinet to discuss Trans Mountain pipeline Tuesday as B.C. First Nation vows to oppose it
- Justin Trudeau’s 3 funniest excuses for having a secret fundraising dinner with Chinese billionaires