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IPFS News Link • Canada

1000% Increase In Foreign Donations To Trudeau Foundation Brings Inquiry

•, by Brad

Between 2014 and 2016, donations from non-Canadian sources increased from $53 million to $535 million– an increase of one thousand percent.

The Conservatives requested that the Lobbying Commissioner investigate if Liberal fundraisers had used donations to the Trudeau Foundation to gain government influence. The Canadian Lobbying Act says financial donors are prohibited from lobbying a federal government.

This is no minor incident. Canada greatest unsolved murder case(five years, no leads), the deaths of Barry and Honey Sherman, have been associated with Trudeau government lobbying. At the time of the deaths, Sherman was being investigated by the Federal Government Lobbying Commission.

"Sherman and Apotex 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."

According to the federal government Justice Laws website, the most recent lobbying fraud conviction occurred 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 in 2015, specifies that when fundraising or dealing with lobbyists, Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries must avoid conflict of interest that have potential to involve conflicts of interest.