I personally don't want to waste my time or energy on this topic but I know some will and will sidetrack other threads to do so if given a chance.
Do you see there is a difference between someone who speaks AFTER they are out of office vs. the current PM awarding a SOLE SOURCE contract to the charity that his wife and mother get paid to speak with. The latter is a conflict of interests.Stephen Harper booking agent for speaking engagements. Book Stephen Harper to speak about politics-government at corporate events, businesses, tradeshows or conferences, commencement speeches, motivational speaking, as well as other keynote speaker functions.www.celebritytalent.net
Stephen Harper getting paid to speak is not the problem. Many people politicians get paid to speak, but not while they are in office.
Actually, the relationship Harper has IS different than the mother and wife of the Prime Minister. meother a mother or wife are considered at ’arms length’ and can influence decision making. When evaluatiNg bids, one must be at arms length To prevent conflict of interest. This is not just political but often defined in conflict of interest policies. A mother or wife relationship would be deemed a conflict. The other problem is that this did not even go through proper due diligence of procurement which is also a problem.Neither Margaret, Sophie or any anyone the Conservatives are complaining about are in government either.
They have as much influence over the government as Harper has over the Conservative Party.
One difference is that Harper charges a lot more for his speeches, and he isn't doing them to raise money for charity.
Margaret Trudeau collected $250,000 for 28 speeches and appearances to raise money for the charity. That is basically "expense" money.
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau received $1400 way back in 2012, before Trudeau was PM. That probably didn't even cover her "expenses".
I'm not against quickly awarding something, but I think there are better organizations, like the Summer Jobs Program coordinators. If they really couldn't the YMCA is current shut down, and they have experience with hundreds of student staff and volunteers across the country.Actually, the relationship Harper has IS different than the mother and wife of the Prime Minister. meother a mother or wife are considered at ’arms length’ and can influence decision making. When evaluatiNg bids, one must be at arms length To prevent conflict of interest. This is not just political but often defined in conflict of interest policies. A mother or wife relationship would be deemed a conflict. The other problem is that this did not even go through proper due diligence of procurement which is also a problem.
I don’t have a particular love or hate against any political party. They all do a pretty crappy job some where. I am just pointing out your lack of critical thinking.
I thought Harper was great, I actually don't understand why people didn't want him in charge.I never thought I would be wishing for Harper. And I voted for this specimen to get rid of Harper!
Well that's exactly why Quebec gets upset when they're labelled the most corrupt province.LOL, now Bill Morneau has been dragged into this.
NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus wrote a letter to Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion on Friday asking him to investigate whether Morneau breached his duties under conflict of interest legislation.globalnews.ca
I don't know whether to think this is a case of incredible stupidity or a case of simply not being able to SEE any issue might exist. I see the latter as possible because both Trudeau and Morneau are in cultural terms French Canadians and as such they think differently from English Canadians whether anyone wants to admit or acknowledge that ais reality.
Giving preferential treatment to friends and family is an integral part of Quebecers cultural norms. They can't actually see anything wrong with doing that. Why wouldn't you help friends and family if you can? Your cousin Pierre has a construction company and you have the ability to award a contract, who else would you give it to?
You expect there to be competing bids and the contract should go to the lowest bidder? Why? Does lowest mean best? What if they do a crap job like the Phoenix payroll system that is still an ongoing problem years later? That went to bids and look what we got. No, no, better to give a contract to cousin Pierre, who we know and trust. LOL
It's all in how you look at it don't you think. Nothing of this kind ever surprises me when it comes to French Canadians in government at any level. It's in their DNA for crying out loud. It is ridiculous to expect them to act any differently.