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Trudeau appoints a member of the Trudeau Foundation to investigate donations to the Trudeau Foundation – PPC leader Maxime Bernier


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While opposition parties form positions on the Prime Minister’s appointment of former Governor General David Johnston as his Special Rapporteur, PPC Leader Maxime Bernier is expressing extreme outrage.

In this newsletter Bernier is using to both spread the news, and to raise money, Bernier points out just how closely tied the Trudeau family is to the former Governor General.

Another day, another example of Liberal corruption in Trudeau’s government.

To address increasing concerns around Chinese interference in our elections, Justin Trudeau said earlier this week that he would appoint a “special rapporteur”—whatever that means—to conduct an investigation.

Yesterday he announced he would be appointing former Governor General, David Johnston, to this position.

Trudeau is describing Johnston as a “Harper appointee” to try and make it seem like an impartial appointment when in reality it is anything but.

Johnston is a standing member of the Trudeau Foundation, the charity that accepted a $200,000 donation from the Chinese Communist Party laundered through a Chinese Canadian businessman.

Is this for real? Trudeau appoints a member of the Trudeau Foundation to investigate interference which involved donations to the Trudeau Foundation?!

It’s a clear conflict of interest!

To make things even more suspect, on multiple occasions, Trudeau has lovingly described Johnston as a “family friend,” having grown up alongside Johnston’s children.

Don’t believe me? Listen to Trudeau describe their relationship!

More recently, Johnston has been the Commissioner of the Leaders’ Debates Commission since it was established in 2018.

An organization whose mandate is to interfere with our elections!

As Commissioner, Johnston was responsible for trying to exclude dissident media organizations, like Rebel Media and True North, from covering the debates and holding the party leaders to account.

He was responsible for the absurd debate formats designed to protect the establishment narrative.

He was also responsible for wrongly excluding me from the debate stage during the 2021 election!

This was at the height of the covid craziness, when having me on national television would have completely destroyed the mainstream narrative.

This is the man who’s supposed to investigate interference in our election?

It’s absurd, but I can’t say I’m surprised. Canada under Trudeau has quickly become a corrupt banana republic.

We saw the exact same playbook with the Freedom Convoy Inquiry.

  1. Trudeau appoints a compromised individual to oversee things.
  2. They delay and push things back to allow public pressure to fall.
  3. Trudeau’s bought and paid for media runs cover for the establishment narrative.
  4. The commissioner/special rapporteur finds nothing is wrong and the conflict is swept under the rug.

This is absolutely unacceptable behaviour on Trudeau’s part! He continues to make a mockery of our democratic institutions.

The level of corruption and incompetence we’ve seen from this government is unprecedented.

Duane, we need to clean the house. We need to vote out every one of these corrupt, career politicians and fill the House of Commons with honest PPC MPs who will put the interests of Canadians first.

Help me accomplish this mission with a $10 donation today!

Thank you so much for your support,

P.S.: If you have trouble finding where you can donate, you can just click this link!

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Capital gains tax hike will cause widespread damage in Canadian economy

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From the Fraser Institute

By Jake Fuss and Grady Munro

According to an analysis by economist Jack Mintz, 50 per cent of taxpayers who claim more than $250,000 of capital gains in a year earned less than $117,592 in normal annual income from 2011 to 2021. These include individuals with modest annual incomes who own businesses, second homes or stocks, and who may choose to sell those assets once or infrequently in their lifetimes (such as at retirement)

On Monday, two months after tabling the federal budget, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced a motion in Parliament to increase taxes on capital gains. On Tuesday, the motion passed as the NDP, Bloc Québécois and Green Party voted with the Liberals. Unfortunately for Canadians, the tax hike will likely hurt Canada’s economy. And the finance minister continues to make misleading claims to defend it.

Currently, investors who sell capital assets pay taxes on 50 per cent of the gain (based on their highest marginal tax rate). On June 25, thanks to Freeland’s motion, that share will increase to 66.7 per cent for capital gains above $250,000. (Critically, the gain includes inflationary and real increases in the value of the asset.)

According to Minister Freeland, the hike is necessary because it will bring in more than $19 billion of revenue over five years to pay for new spending on housing, national defence and other programs. This claim is disingenuous for two reasons.

First, investors do not pay capital gains taxes until they sell assets and realize gains. A higher capital gains tax rate gives them an incentive to hold onto their investments, perhaps anticipating that a future government may reduce the rate. Individuals and businesses may not sell their assets as quickly as the government anticipates so the tax hike ends up generating less revenue than expected.

Second, the government does not have a revenue problem. Annual federal revenue is increasing and has grown (nominally) more than $185 billion (or 66.2 per cent) from 2014-15 to 2023-24. Before tabling the budget in April, the government was already anticipating annual revenue to increase by more than $27 billion this year. But the government has chosen to spend every dime it takes in (and then some) instead of being disciplined.

Years of unrestrained spending and borrowing have led to a precarious fiscal situation in Ottawa. If the government wanted to pay for new programs, it could’ve reduced spending in other areas. But Minister Freeland largely chose not to do this and sought new revenue tools after realizing this year’s deficit was on track to surpass her fiscal targets. Clearly, raising taxes to generate revenue was unnecessary and could’ve been avoided with more disciplined spending.

Further misleading Canadians, the Trudeau government claims this tax hike will only increase taxes for “0.13 per cent of Canadians.” But in reality, many Canadians earning modest incomes will pay capital gains taxes.

According to an analysis by economist Jack Mintz, 50 per cent of taxpayers who claim more than $250,000 of capital gains in a year earned less than $117,592 in normal annual income from 2011 to 2021. These include individuals with modest annual incomes who own businesses, second homes or stocks, and who may choose to sell those assets once or infrequently in their lifetimes (such as at retirement). Contrary to the government’s claims, the capital gains tax hike will affect 4.74 million investors in Canadian companies (or 15.8 per cent of all tax filers).

In sum, many Canadians who you wouldn’t consider among “the wealthiest” will earn capital gains exceeding $250,000 following the sale of their assets, and be impacted by Freeland’s hike.

Finally, the capital gains tax hike will also inhibit economic growth during a time when Canadians are seeing a historic decline in living standards. Capital gains taxes discourage entrepreneurship and business investment. By raising capital gains taxes the Trudeau government is reducing the return that entrepreneurs and investors can expect from starting a business or investing in the Canadian economy. This means that potential entrepreneurs or investors are more likely to take their ideas and money elsewhere, and Canadians will continue to suffer the consequences of a stagnating economy.

If Minister Freeland and the Trudeau government want to pave a path to widespread prosperity for Canadians, they should reverse their tax hike on capital gains.

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Trudeau’s $191 Million Scandal – Auditor General Exposes Rampant Cronyism with McKinsey Contracts

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Auditor General’s Scathing Report Reveals Rampant Cronyism and Security Breaches—Conservatives Demands Accountability from Trudeau’s Inner Circle

In a stunning display of government largesse, Auditor General Karen Hogan dropped a bombshell at Meeting No. 128 of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates. Her report pulled back the curtain on a festering pit of crony capitalism under the Trudeau administration. Brace yourselves, folks, because what you’re about to hear is jaw-dropping.

Since 2015, contracts with the consulting firm McKinsey have skyrocketed to an eye-popping $191 million. Let that sink in for a moment. That’s a meteoric rise from a measly one million dollars in the years prior under Harper. So, what changed? Did McKinsey suddenly become a hundred times more competent, or does it have to do with whose in power?

Hogan’s report doesn’t dance around the issue. Oh no, it dives headfirst into the cesspool of corruption swirling around Trudeau’s inner circle. A staggering 70% of contracts with McKinsey were handed out non-competitively, totaling a mind-boggling $118 million. And if that wasn’t enough to make your blood boil, get this: almost half of these contracts lacked the necessary documentation to justify their existence. That’s right, folks, your tax dollars are being thrown around like confetti at a Liberal fundraiser, with little to no accountability.

But wait, it gets worse. Hogan’s audit uncovered a disturbing pattern of government departments using Crown corporations as their personal piggy banks to avoid pesky things like competitive procurement requirements. It’s crony capitalism 101, folks, and Trudeau’s minions are playing the game with gusto.

And as if all that wasn’t enough to make you reach for the pitchforks, Hogan also exposed shocking security breaches within government networks. Contractors were given access to sensitive information without the proper security clearances, putting the privacy of Canadians at risk. It’s a blatant disregard for basic security protocols that would make even the most amateur hacker blush.

But here’s the kicker, folks: despite all the damning evidence laid bare by Hogan’s report, there’s been nary a peep from Trudeau or his cronies about taking responsibility. It’s the same old song and dance we’ve come to expect from this government – sweeping corruption under the rug while hardworking Canadians foot the bill.

It’s high time for some accountability, and thankfully, not everyone in Ottawa is willing to let this scandal slide. Enter Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie. In a bold move to expose the deep-seated corruption within the Trudeau government, Kusie introduced a motion that promises to peel back the layers of deceit and cronyism surrounding the Prime Minister’s cozy relationship with McKinsey. This motion aims to call forth a comprehensive list of witnesses to further investigate the damning issues highlighted in Auditor General Karen Hogan’s recent report.

Here’s the rundown of the motion: Kusie is calling for appearances from:

  • Dominic Barton, former Global Managing Partner of McKinsey
  • Bob Sternfeld, current Global Managing Partner of McKinsey
  • Boyan Gerasimov, former Engagement Manager at McKinsey and former Director of Policy to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • McKinsey Canada officials responsible for securing government contracts
  • The President of the Treasury Board and relevant department officials
  • The Minister of Public Services and Procurement and relevant department officials
  • Officials from the Department of National Defense, Immigration, Business Development Bank of Canada, Export Development Canada, Public Sector Pension Investment Board, Trans Mountain Corporation, and Canada Infrastructure Bank

Kusie’s motion is a clear message to Trudeau’s swamp dwellers: your time is up. The proposed list of witnesses is set to shine a light on the rampant favoritism and misuse of taxpayer dollars that have come to define Trudeau’s tenure. This move is not just about McKinsey, but about unearthing the broader patterns of misconduct and lack of transparency that permeate this administration.

But what did the Liberals do in response? They filibustered the motion by running out the clock of the committee. Typical. However, fret not, my dear readers. This motion is set to be debated on Wednesday. The Liberals can delay, they can obfuscate, but they can’t hide from the truth forever.

The stage is set for a monumental showdown that could finally bring Trudeau and his cronies to justice for their actions. This is about more than just contracts and dollars—it’s about the very soul of our nation. Canadians deserve a government that upholds the highest standards of integrity and transparency, not one that constantly betrays public trust.

The stage is set for a showdown that could finally hold Trudeau and his cronies accountable for their actions. Stay tuned, folks, because the battle for transparency and integrity in government is just heating up. The swamp-sucking Laurentian elite, led by Trudeau himself, might try to run, but they can’t hide forever. Come Wednesday, the Trudeau Liberals will face the music and answer for their rampant cronyism and corruption. It’s time for these elitists to pay the piper and for Canadians to reclaim their government.

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