What caught my eye in what is an obvious attempt by the National Post’s Joe O’Connor at down-playing how connected weed-millionaire Chuck Rifici is to the Liberal Party was this line:
Mr. Rifici knows the criticism. But, he says, he does not know Justin Trudeau. The closest he has ever come to having a one-on-one conversation with the Liberal leader is shaking his hand at this or that Liberal function, amid a cast of many. (see here)
Which flies in the face of this piece from the Canadian Press that ran Sept 29, 2013:
Chuck Rifici of Tweed Inc. has applied for a licence to produce medical weed in an abandoned Hershey chocolate factory in hard-scrabble Smiths Falls, Ont.
Rifici, who is also a senior adviser to Trudeau, was cited in a Conservative cabinet minister’s news release Friday that said the Liberals plan to “push pot,” with no reference to Health Canada’s own encouragement of marijuana entrepreneurs. (see here)
I’ve asked O’Connor about this contradiction and even though he responded to another criticism:
Has refused answering me twice now.
Either the CP article was completely wrong or O’Connor is – both can’t be telling the truth, no?
Update: O’Connor is still refusing to respond but Rifici now has: