Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Justin Trudeau Breaks Multiple Ethical Rules

When I read Amanda Connolly’s article entitled, “Justin Trudeau’s Bahamas vacation broke multiple ethics rules: commissioner,” I couldn’t help but say to myself, “Here we go again!”  The article outlines how “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke multiple federal ethics rules when he accepted a ride on the Aga Khan’s private helicopter and stayed on his private island over the holidays in 2016, the ethics commissioner has ruled.”  Furthermore, the piece points out that Justin Trudeau failed to recuse himself in May 2016 during official discussions of a $15-million endowment by the Canadian government to an institution directly related to the Aga Khan and his foundation.  The commissioner concluded that Trudeau “did not arrange his private affairs in a way that avoided a conflict of interest."

Most of us would acknowledge that the world of politics is teeming with people who have a lot to say but rarely follow through on their words.  More specifically, politicians are renowned for making hollow promises and are often caught in outright lies.  The following lyric of a song seems to say it all: “I’m a liar, believe me.”  What's worse is that those same politicians break laws and are able to get away with it.  As we see in this particular case, the sanctions imposed against him amount to a slap (I would say more of a tap) on the wrist!

I don’t know about you, but when Trudeau apologized, said that it was a mistake, and said he would not do it again, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.  Yeah, sure!  Although he got caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar, nothing substantial is going to come out of this and his life goes on.  So, we've learned that as the Prime Minister, it isn't a big deal if you break the rules.  What's next for our rock star Prime Minister?  Whatever it turns out being, you can bet that he'll get away with it!  He can't help but get his fix!  And who feeds our need to get what we want whenever we want it?  That's right: Blame it on fast foods!

- B. J. T. Pepin

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