Doing what the media won't
WOO HOO, the much awaited "pro-active disclosure " is out.
TWO HUNDRED and SIXTY days later, and it is everything I expected, and even more.
It is a farce. That was expected.
What I did not expect is that the few expenses that were submitted would be so easy to discredit as " very questionable ", and I am being diplomatic.
In my opinion, JT, at the very least, must step down as leader of the LPC until a full forensic audit is completed.
The " pro-active disclosure " of Justin Trudeau can be found here.
You will have to copy and paste most links for now. I switched to a new browser about an hour ago and am having a few minor problems.I'm not a computer IT type guy, obviously.
The PD has a total of 5 different meetings listed. FIVE only, in 3 months. Sometimes Justin travels with others, that is why there are 9 different listings.
9 months of waiting and JT throws this bone to us. He should be pilloried for treating all Canadians as unconditional fans. The grand sum of $8,705.61 has been disclosed. That is for 3 months. It is not a full disclosure, and therefore is another Liberal lie.
He averaged close to $7,000 a month on travel alone in the 4 years BEFORE he was elected leader. A total of $ 315,392.72 for that period.
It is a farce. There is nothing that says that the listed expenses are the total of all expenses submitted. Are they even complete for the days listed ? Some have no other travel, some have no meals, some have no accommodations.
Now, for the fun stuff.
Go to the rules page and you will find a link to the rules that govern the payment of expenses for MPs. I have only looked at two of JT's claims so far. One is the Sudbury trip, the other one I am waiting for a reply from other parties. The latter one will sink him if I am right, if the Sudbury trip does not do so first.
JT and his travelling companion billed us a total of $ 1,975. 23 for an overnight trip to Sudbury.
It is listed as, " Visit to Shkagamik-KWE Health Centre, Nickel Rim South Mine, Collège Boréal. "
Is that parliamentarian business ? Is that legit ???
I don't know. It doesn't sound like it to me. But, our MPs do a lot of stuff that is questionable.
BUT, there is a little bit more ...
" Justin Trudeau fulfilled a promise to a former Sudbury man when he visited the Nickel City on Thursday. He bought him lunch."
OK, so JT took care of a Liberal leadership campaign contest winner while he was in Sudbury. Maybe we paid for it, maybe we didn't. The PD does not give any info. We should not have picked up the tab, and maybe didn't.
BUT, this is very interesting;
" Roche was going to see Trudeau again Thursday night at a $1,200-a-plate fundraiser where he was working as a volunteer, not a paying customer."
WOW, if my reading of the rules as set out by the Board of Internal Economy is correct, the taxpayer cannot be billed for MPs to attend fundraisers. That would make sense.
IMHO, Justin flew there on our dime to fund-raise. He then covered this expense by doing a few photo-ops.
How often has he done this ??? I don't know, I suspect many,many times. A forensic audit sure would be nice.
Update; (old now) Justin admits to an expense "mistake". The snowball is starting.
Maybe not. The Liberals have went through all his expenses and found minor errors in 2009 and 2010. Therefore, there is no reason for anyone else to take a look. The media have accepted that, nothing to see here folks.
star starry-eyed candidate Gen. Leslie, billed the working public $72,000 to move his household from one part of exclusive Rockcliffe Park to another part of Rockcliffe Park.
He used the Dingwall defense to justify the expense. He is entitled to his entitlements.
Hubert LaCroix ,the president of CBC, and arguably the biggest booster of JT next to the Liberal party itself, has paid back $28,000 in expenses that should never have been claimed or paid.
This info was released at 5 p.m. on a Friday, which was also the start of the Olympic weekend. The timing is as sleazy as the expenses.
However, back to the biggest issue.
The numbers for fiscal year 2012 are out.Once again, they do not paint a flattering picture of the Liberal leader. Once again, his travel expenses are more than 3 times the average of the other Montreal MPs. He is the Pamela Wallin of the House of Commons and should be treated the same.
An audit will likely be undertaken before the 2015 election. The Board of Internal Economy has the power to commission an audit of his expenses. As of this time,the Board has 7 members. Four are Conservatives,two are NDP,and one Liberal. The link below will give you their names and by clicking on the names you can obtain their e-mail address to express your opinion about Justin's expenses or any MP that you may think has their hands in both of our backpockets.
An audit that starts in spring 2015 would be disastrous for the Liberal party and for Canada. Of course,if he is clean it would be a boost to the Liberals,but I don't think that is likely.He has billed the taxpayer $315,392.72 for his travels around the country in his first 4 years. That is close to $ 80,000 a year. His riding is a 2 hour drive from Ottawa.By comparison,Marc Garneau(also from a Montreal riding) spent about $80,000 total over the 4 years.
These expenses were all collected BEFORE he became Liberal leader.
Take a look at Justin's expenses and take a look at the rules that govern those expenses. I think you will agree,the Liberals chose wrong again.
If Mr. Trudeau has nothing to hide,he should welcome an audit of his travel expenses. This would bolster his credibility as a competent leader and overseer of our tax dollars.
It would also quell the critics who are calling his plan to post future expenses as another empty ploy by another corrupt politician.
You may believe that a change at the top may be the way to go,and it may very well be. But,if you think that Justin is a change for the better after reading the information that I have posted,you are foolish,at best.
The opinions expressed are my own. The facts are facts,deal with them. The media lies to you. Rarely outright,but by omission.
A good example of lying by omission.
JT got a lot of favourable press when he announced on June 5th that his party was going to do things different and apply " proactive dislosure" when reporting their expenses. But... they have done nothing,nada, zilch. Watch this ;
Did the media notice ???
That was Jan. 7th, 2014. They fixed that little problem . Well for the MPs anyways. Their senators expenses disclosure took another 2 weeks to fix. And that was likely because they noticed that someone else had noticed.
Did the media notice ???
They are all fixed now. BUT, if you go to the Lib site you will find almost nothing, as of Feb. 22nd, JT has 2 flights listed. No hospitality, no meals, no other expenses,2 flights that is all. Senate hotshot George Baker has a couple of meals listed. Some MPs and senators have nothing listed.
Did the media notice ???
Also, if you don't know how to access the "proactive disclosure", you are hooped. They do not make it easy. They do not provide a direct link. Here is how you get there.
Go to the Lib site.
Look for the heading " Liberal Party ".
Mouse over that, do not click it, that will get you nowhere . Mouse over it and a screen will appear. Click on MPs or Senators.
/// Update: Changes have been made to those formerly known as Liberal senators,now known as " Senators that are liberal" . Their expenses have been deleted and are no longer accessible to voters. Don't fret, you missed little because they listed the same. ///
Then choose one that you are interested in.
There you find the " proactive disclosure link ". Click on that, and try not to say WTF?
Almost 9 months later, and the Liberals have done next to nothing. The figures that they have disclosed are close to meaningless.
They made it very difficult to find their "proactive disclosure".You would think that they would showcase this bold move by their young leader.
Why are they still talking about their great stride forward?
Why does JT say that if this system was being used when he made his "error" that it would have been caught right away?
WHY HAS THE MEDIA IGNORED THIS ???
Justin is lying to you. The media is covering his lies. We pay the CBC's expenses. We pay the CBC to lie to us, about a Billion a year.
If that is OK to you,go no further on this site.
BTW, one last thing, and this is probably nothing. I wrote to JT's office on June 3rd. I told them that I was starting up this site and asked for a detailed list of his expenses. They did not reply.
However it was only two days later, on June 5th, that Justin announced his grand plan to change the way politics are done in Canada. Yeah !!!
The dream of a Trudeau 'dynasty' will not vanish because one child shouts "the emperor has no clothes". It will only vanish when thousands of Canadians shout " the clothes have no emperor".
If you have a minute , click on " FUN facts " and see the latest media willful blindness.
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