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NPR has ignored the ongoing scandal surrounding a laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden ‒ which contained emails revealing his foreign business dealings, first reported by the New York Post – and the nonprofit media organization is being slammed for its attempt to explain the bombshell blackout. NPR public editor Kelly McBride published an inquiry on the radio’s website on Thursday from a listener who didn’t understand why the story has been ignored.
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While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau loves to derisively compare Conservatives to U.S. President Donald Trump, he should look at himself in the mirror. Trudeau’s conduct in his WE Charity conflict-of-interest controversy increasingly resembles conduct for which Trump is routinely excoriated by Canadian Liberals.
Premier Doug Ford is facing accusations of using the response to COVID-19 as a guise to advance his political interests. Two new pieces of legislation that the government portrays as helping the province recover from the effects of COVID-19 contain provisions unrelated to the pandemic. The government’s proposed Better for People, Smarter for Business Act — framed as boosting the economy by reducing red tape — would transform Canada Christian College into a university with the power to grant bachelor of science and arts degrees.
One day after surviving a confidence vote on a Conservative motion, Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government faces another Conservative motion that could trigger yet more high-stakes drama over the possibility of a snap election in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The official Opposition is using its second opposition day this week to debate a motion calling for a sweeping probe by the House of Commons health committee into a host of issues relating to the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The motion is so broad and the demand for documents so massive that the Liberals are expected to argue that its passage would paralyze the government — the same argument used to declare the first Conservative motion a confidence matter.
OTTAWA — Political strategists say the NDP under Jagmeet Singh risks falling into the role of permanent Liberal prop-up after the party on Wednesday again voted alongside the government to avoid triggering an election. Singh and 23 other NDP members voted against a Conservative motion on Wednesday that would form a committee to investigate the Liberal government’s involvement in the WE Charity scandal, which has embroiled the government and could lead to a third ethics violation by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The motion, which was voted down 180-146 in the House of Commons, became a confidence matter after the Liberal government refused to accept the scope and breadth of the committee’s proposed study.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doesn’t like his actions being questioned. He doesn’t like it from Parliament, he doesn’t like it from the opposition, he doesn’t like it during question period. He doesn’t like it from his own caucus, he doesn’t like it from his cabinet ministers, he doesn’t like it from Commons committees. He just doesn’t like it — get it? He seems to take it personally. He gets very indignant, whether the questions are about his personal actions, those of his family or those of his government. As he has made clear this week — House Leader Pablo Rodriguez said it in so many words — he views questions about his decisions as a declaration of a lack of confidence in the government, and thus justification to threaten to send the country into an expensive and disruptive election in the middle of a pandemic.
The folly around the confidence vote the Liberals survived in the House of Commons on Wednesday has never been more disconnected from the stress being endured by citizens, whose movement and ambitions have been constrained by the pandemic. A candidate who proposed to bar from public office anyone who expressed a desire to be a politician would be elected in a landslide – at least until he or she was honest about their own ambitions. The political class has been dragged into disrepute by theatrics that put electoral ambition ahead of the health and well-being of Canadians.
Who knows, maybe by the time you read this the country will have been thrust into an election because the federal Liberals are desperate to bury, entomb, inter, lay to rest, cryptify (yeah, I know, that’s not even a real word) the WE scandal and any hint they may not have handled the pandemic exactly well. The Liberals’ efforts to block Parliamentary committees from examining the WE Charity and examining Canada’s pandemic response are perhaps the height of Liberal arrogance and obnoxiousness. And that’s from a party that makes arrogance a prerequisite for membership and obnoxiousness an art form.