Monday, January 18, 2021

Trudeau denies, deflects – apologizes – in testimony to committee looking into WE scandal

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he “pushed back” on the public service’s recommendation to outsource a $912-million student volunteer grant program to WE Charity because he feared the “perception” of a conflict of interest. (National Post)
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Commons committee puts spotlight on beleaguered WE charity

OTTAWA - Craig and Marc Kielburger, the brothers who co-founded the sprawling network of charitable and for-profit firms that are now grouped under the WE Movement umbrella, began their four hours of parliamentary testimony on Tuesday with an unusual move: They swore an oath to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth" (National Post)
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  • WE scandal worsens, screams out for an RCMP investigation

    Each day exposes more slime oozing in the WE scandal enveloping the Trudeau government.Yesterday we learned that the $912 million for the WE charity was not actually for the WE charity, but rather for the WE Charity Foundation, an entity set up as a real estate holding company with an annual budget of $150,000. (True North)

    Lethbridge drug site: a shocking mess uncovered

    A shocking mess, all the more shocking because of whose mess it is. Those who claim to be doing what they’re doing for the most unselfish reasons.(Calgary Sun)

    A deeper look at Kielberger Inc.

    WE and its founders, the Kielburger brothers, have been in the news for years. Good looking, smart young kids that sought to change the world and, in many ways, they’ve succeeded. (Toronto Sun)

    With Trudeau it’s always repent, rinse, repeat

    There is a familiar rhythm to Justin Trudeau’s leadership – he commits a cardinal error of judgment, offers a misty-eyed admission of guilt, the dogs bark and the caravan moves on. (National Post)

    Former FBI agent charged with pocketing bribes from organized crime figures

    Los Angeles - An organized crime figure paid an FBI agent $10,000 a month in exchange for sensitive law enforcement information, according to court documents charging the agent, Babak Broumand, in a conspiracy to bribe a public official. (Los Angeles Times)

    How five members of Joe Biden’s family got rich through his connections

    Political figures have long used their families to route power and benefits for their own self-enrichment. In my new book, “Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite,” one particular politician — Joe Biden — emerges as the king of the sweetheart deal, with no less than five family members benefiting from his largesse, favorable access and powerful position for commercial gain. In Biden’s case, these deals include foreign partners and, in some cases, even US taxpayer dollars. (New York Post)

    Former SNC-Lavelin exec Sami Bebawi guilty on all corruption charges

    MONTREAL - A former SNC-Lavalin executive on trial for fraud and corruption has been found guilty of the crimes. Sami Bebawi, 73, faced trial on five charges, including fraud, corruption of foreign officials and laundering proceeds of crime. (Toronto Sun)

    Witness was offered $10 million to change testimony SNC-Lavelin trial hears

    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)

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