Monday, February 17, 2020

The RCMP must investigate Trudeau

It’s been a stunning 24 hours in Canadian politics since I wrote about former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould taking a wrecking ball to the Parliament of Canada. (True North)

Huawei decision should be a ‘no-brainer’ for Goodale

The federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said this week that he expected a decision on whether the government will allow the Huawei Chinese tech giant to provide the 5G technology to Canada to be made before the next federal election. At first blush one would wonder what the heck is the hold up? (True North)

Treasury employee charged with leaking financial info on Trump team

The top Treasury Department employee who was charged Wednesday with leaking confidential financial documents pertaining to former Trump officials was apprehended the previous evening with a flash drive containing the allegedly pilfered information in her hand, prosecutors said in court papers. (Fox News)

Former cop who blew whistle wants standing in B.C. money laundering inquiry

A lawyer says an inquiry into money laundering in British Columbia would not exist without the "courage" of an ex-police officer who spoke out about alleged "interference" with his mandate to investigate organized crime in casinos. (CBC)

How a core member of Team Trudeau became the greatest threat

Jody Wilson-Raybould has a way of making an impression. Oddly enough, for a politician, she often makes it in private. There was the day in 2011, back when Wilson-Raybould was heading the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, that she ran into former prime minister Paul Martin. He later said she treated him to a “brilliant exposition” on First Nations issues, which led to Martin talking her up in his Liberal circles. By 2013, newly minted Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau had heard enough to fly to Whitehorse to meet her. Their one-on-one so impressed Trudeau that only a few months later he was showcasing her to Liberals as a star political prospect at a Montreal party convention. (MacLean's)

Feds expected to drop prosecution of Adm. Mark Norman

OTTAWA -The federal government is expected to pull the plug on its prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman for alleged breach of trust, the National Post has learned. (Ottawa Citizen)

Possible fraud, theft of public funds led to removal of senior officers of the legislature

VICTORIA - Two senior officers of the B.C. legislature who were publicly escorted out of the building in Victoria this week amid a criminal probe are being investigated for possible fraud and theft involving public funds, two sources told Postmedia News Wednesday. (Vancouver Sun)
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    A key witness in Sami Bebawi’s fraud and corruption trial says he was once offered $10 million in exchange for more favourable testimony that could protect the former SNC-Lavalin executive vice-president. (National Post)

    Ocasio-Cortez aide accused of funnelling $1 million into private accounts

    A conservative government watchdog group filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission accusing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide of funneling $1 million in donations into his private accounts in a possible violation of the law, according to a report. (New York Post)

    Russian journalist investigating corruption detained on drug charges

    Ivan Golunov, 36, a reporter for the Latvia-based independent news website Meduza was detained Thursday for alleged drug offenses, according to information published by the Moscow police. On Saturday, a Moscow court placed Mr. Golunov under house arrest for two months after he was charged with drug possession and intent to deal. (Fox News)

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