According to an article from Canada’s National Post, foreign donations to the Pierre Trudeau Foundation began to skyrocket after Justin Trudeau became prime minister in 2015.
In 2014, the foundation’s net assets grew a mere 1.2 per cent, closing out the year at $150 million. Between 2014-2016, donations from foreign sources increased from $53 million to $500 million– an increase of 900 percent.
“Given that Prime Minister Trudeau is a former member of the Trudeau Foundation, that his brother Alexandre Trudeau is a member of the board of directors, any efforts by Mr. Trudeau to use his position as Prime Minister to encourage donations may be a violation of the definition of a conflict of interest.”
In late 2016, the Conservative opposition requested that Canada’s Lobbying Commissioner investigate whether Liberal fundraisers had used donations to the foundation to gain government influence. The Canadian Lobbying Act states that financial donors are prohibited from lobbying the federal government.
This is no minor incident. Canada greatest unsolved murder(five years, no leads), the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman, have been associated with Trudeau government lobbying. At the time of his death, Sherman was under investigation by the Federal Government Lobbying Commission.
“Sherman faced a possible five-year ban on lobbying the government if it could be proven that he ran afoul of rules that prohibit registered lobbyists from lobbying office holders they helped get elected.”
Documents released in 2020 stated that Justin Trudeau “responded by paying the Commissioner of Lobbying $400,000 to defeat the Barry Sherman suit and a court hearing that was to be held in February 2018.
According to the Justice Laws website, the most recent lobbying fraud conviction occurred back in 2016. Bruce Carson was convicted for having carried out lobbying activities as a consultant while subject to the five-year ban on lobbying the federal government. The Ontario Court of Justice fined Mr. Carson $50,000 dollars.
The Open and Accountable Government guide, codified after Justin Trudeau became prime minister, specifies that when fundraising or dealing with lobbyists, Ministers must avoid conflict of interest with potential to affect government decision-making.
In contrast, a National Post article states that one in six donors have affiliations with organizations currently lobbying our federal government. Donations from international sources are said to have increased ten-fold after Justin Trudeau became prime minister. Conservatives called for an investigation into conflict of interest regarding foreign donations totalling over half a billion dollars.
Net result? Not a darn thing. No detailed analysis has been published by media. Upon deeper analysis, we discover details on the “international” donations. The bulk of them appear to come from China.
In 2016, the Globe and Mail reported on a fundraiser at the Toronto home of a Chinese-Canadian business executive. One of the guests was a wealthy donor seeking Ottawa’s approval to begin operating a new bank aimed at Canada’s Chinese community.
“Trudeau was the top draw at the $1,500-a-ticket Liberal Party event, attended by insurance tycoon Shenglin Xian, the founder of Wealth One Bank of Canada and president of Toronto-based Shenglin Financial Group Inc.”
Among the donors was Zhang Bin, a wealthy Chinese businessman and political advisor to the Chinese government in Beijing. The newspaper said Zhang, along with a partner, donated $1 million to the Pierre Trudeau Foundation.
What to conclude? How about the idea that the Liberal Party and the Trudeau Foundation pulled the whole thing off without so much as breaking a fingernail.
The intimate relationship between the Liberal Party of Canada and the government of China is something all Canadians should be aware of. We are not, for a simple reason: establishment media have been hiding the Liberal Party-Chinese government relationship since Pierre Trudeau became prime minister in 1968.