Liberal partisan plant asks Trudeau a question at NY event

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Trudeau was in NY this week doing what he does best, posing for photo-ops and answering softball questions from students:

Young people need to get more involved in politics, Justin Trudeau told an audience of university students in New York City this morning.

“Young people need to demand more from their politicians, their business leaders, their community leaders,” the prime minister told students at New York University.

Strolling among them with his sleeves rolled up and a microphone in his hand, Trudeau said that there’s plenty of work for everyone to do to make the world a better place.

He received a rock-star welcome (see here)

Now, what are the odds of one of Trudeau’s climate change minister’s volunteers just happening to be chosen to attend and then be chosen to ask him a question?

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You’d think at least one of all the Media Party members who follow Trudeau’s chief of staff on Twitter would have wondered too.

 

Star’s Delacourt attends Liberal event that Trudeau was at, skipping emergency FN suicide debate

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I smelled a rat when the CBC ran a big story on the emergency debate called after the news emerged of a suicide pact on the Attawapiskat reserve (see here) yet Justin Trudeau’s name wasn’t mentioned once in it even though he has gone out of his way to campaign on solving FN issues.

Turns out Trudeau was out at an expensive restaurant with his wife in order to attend ex-Liberal minister Bill Graham’s book signing:

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And even though this event was highly promoted by the Liberal organization Canada 2020 and reporters such as Susan Delacourt from the Star were in attendance:

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The only media organization to expose Trudeau skipping out on the debate was BuzzFeed:

Trudeau, his senior advisors, and members of cabinet attended a former Liberal’s book launch Tuesday night at Beckta, a high-end restaurant a few blocks from Parliament.

They were there for the launch of Bill Graham’s political memoir. Graham served as foreign affairs and defence minister in the early 2000s, and later as interim leader of the Liberal party.

Former prime minister Jean Chrétien — who told reporters on the Hill earlier that day that the solution to the Attawapiskat suicide crisis might be to move the entire community — was also at the book launch. (see here)

I asked Delacourt about her attendance:

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She hasn’t responded.

Update: Somehow Delacourt was able to write a column about this debate from the Liberal event (see here). Quite the feat.

 

 

 

CBC defends Rosemary Barton taking selfie with Trudeau as legitimate journalism

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Below is the response to my complaint (see here) regarding CBC’s Rosemary Barton taking a selfie with Justin Trudeau

Dear Mr Skoreyko,

Thank you for your email addressed to CBC Ombudsman, Esther Enkin regarding Power & Politics.  Since Power & Politics is my responsibility, Jennifer McGuire, General Manager and Editor in Chief of CBC News, asked me to reply.

You wrote with concerns over a photo posted on social media, showing host Rosemary Barton taking a “selfie” with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  You said you believe the photo “creates an appearance of affection between the two that is unprofessional, and calls into question Barton’s ability to provide impartial coverage of the prime minister.

On March 10 and 11, Power & Politics broadcast two programs from Washington D.C. to cover the Prime Minister’s official visit to the United States.  This was the first official visit and state dinner for a Canadian Prime Minister in 19 years.  It presented an important opportunity to explore the complex relationship between the two nations, and to speak with decision-makers on both sides of the border about the relationship going forward.

Host Rosemary Barton interviewed many people in Washington as part of the show’s coverage of the visit.  Guests on the show included U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  In all of these cases Ms Barton tweeted photos of herself with her interview subjects as a way of promoting the upcoming interviews.

Social media is an important tool that we use daily at Power & Politics. We use websites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to share our journalism to a wider audience, to track political developments, and also to promote upcoming editions of the show

All of the photos Ms Barton posted from Washington with interview subjects were taken after the interviews were conducted, and in no way compromised the integrity of her interviews.  In her 10-minute interview with the Prime Minister, Ms Barton asked challenging questions surrounding the government’s agreements on climate change and border security, and pushed the Prime Minister on his views about the U.S. presidential race.

Whenever Ms Barton interviews decision-makers, she asks tough questions with an aim of holding people to account for decisions they have made and actions they have taken.  That is what she did in this instance, and it is what she will continue to do

Finally, it is my responsibility to tell you that if you are not satisfied with this response, you may wish to submit the matter for review by the CBC Ombudsman. The Office of the Ombudsman, an independent and impartial body reporting directly to the President, is responsible for evaluating program compliance with the CBC’s journalistic policies. The Ombudsman may be reached by mail at Box 500, Terminal A, Toronto, Ontario M5W 1E6, or by fax at 416-205-2825, or by email at ombudsman@cbc.ca

Sincerely,

Amy Castle Executive Producer Power & Politics CBC News

cc. Esther Enkin, CBC Ombudsman

Nightclub Trudeau worked operated illegally and was shut down by the courts

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Liberal PM Justin Trudeau likes to hold his resume up as a symbol of being regular working-class Joe:

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good evening, everybody.  Bonsoir.  On behalf of Michelle and myself, welcome to the White House as we host Prime Minister Trudeau, Mrs. Grégoire-Trudeau and the Canadian delegation for the first official visit and state dinner with Canada in nearly 20 years.  We intend to have fun tonight.  But not too much.  (Laughter.)  If things get out of hand, remember that the Prime Minister used to work as a bouncer.  (Laughter.)  Truly.  (Laughter.) (see here)

The fact is Trudeau grew up with a million-dollar trust-fund and travelled around the world and since he loves mentioning his stint as some sort of tough-guy bouncer it’s more then fair to dig into it especially since the fawning Media Party refuses to.

According to a 2015 fluff-piece story in The Province, the bar Trudeau worked at was located in Whistler and called the Rogue Wolf:

“…taught during the day and worked as a doorman at Rogue Wolf nightclub in the evenings.” (see here)

But what this story omits was what happened to this nightclub and how it illegally operated:

Rogue Wolf nightclub ceases operations Court bailiff seizes assets after protracted financial problems By Andy Stonehouse A troubled and frequently controversial village nightclub has closed its doors following several months of dealings with the provincial Ministry of Finance and the liquor licensing branch. The Rogue Wolf, launched in late December of 1996 by partners Ron Knoedler and Rob Gagnon, has ceased operations, following a weekend visit by a court bailiff. Gagnon had been running the club for the past year; there is no indication if the club will reopen. According to information provided by staff at the Ministry of Finance’s headquarters in Victoria, the province’s consumer taxation branch had been “bending over backwards” in an attempt to retrieve liquor taxes owed by the club, but had been unsuccessful. A ministry source explained that after two years of deals, promisory notes and garnisheed bank accounts, last week spelled the end and a bailiff was appointed to retrieve anything of value from the club. It was unclear how much alcohol, fixtures and bar equipment were left over by the time the bailiff arrived. The financial details were also compounded by police and liquor board investigations into allegations that the bar had been operating for many months as an after-hours nightclub, as well as serving liquor to minors or offering “all you can drink” specials. Staff Sgt. Frank Shedden of the Whistler RCMP confirms that the Rogue Wolf had been a focus of attention on the part of the local force, and said he isn’t surprised by news that the doors have closed. “From our perspective, we’d received a series of complaints on their operating practices, such as the types of advertising and the drink specials they offered,” he said. “We were involved in that, as we have a keen interest that everyone in town is playing on a level deck. I think we would have continued to look at the Rogue Wolf if they had remained in operation.” (see here)

And since The Province mentions Trudeau working there in 1997 and the article on its illegal activities is dated Aug 28, 1998, we can safely assume Trudeau participated in these illegal activities.

At least now we know why the Media Party avoids asking him about it.

Note: I was sent these two articles on Twitter but lost the person’s name who sent them so I can’t properly credit for which I apologise

 

 

 

 

 

Twitter account that sexually harasses female Rebel journalist set up by Liberal minister’s supporter

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After posting a blog on Liberal cabinet minister Kent Hehr retweeting a Twitter account that has been harassing Rebel’s Sheila Gunn Reud (see here) I was sent evidence which shows this person to be someone by the name of DAJ Hetherington.

First, take a look at a tweet mocking Gunn Reid sent from the harassing account:

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And now look at the almost identical tweet sent out by Hetherington:

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It’s hard for these trolls to keep track what they tweet when they do it from multiple Twitter accounts and eventually they slip-up exposing themselves like Hetherington has.

Yet this isn’t the only mystery about this guy that has been solved. We also now know Hetherington is a big political supporter of Liberal cabinet minister Kent Hehr:

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But Hehr had no idea Hetherginton was behind the smearing of Gunn Reid right?

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