Ok, so, full confession here…I didn’t know anything about this until I saw this CNN article earlier. Sorry Canadian 'dopers, the only thing about Canada I really was paying attention too was the situation with Huawei, the CFO Meng Wanzhou and the extradition of said person, the arrest of two Canadians on trumped up charges in China, and the Chinese reaction. I didn’t even know Trudeau was in trouble, nor the Liberal party in Canada.
So, just going to cut and paste some things from the article, then ask my questions:
(CNN)First there was the secretive trip to the Bahamas in 2016 when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family rode in a helicopter owned by the Aga Khan, the billionaire and Ismaili Muslim spiritual leader whose organization has received hundreds of millions of dollars in Canadian federal grants to advance its work overseas.
Then, some three years later, the Trudeau government was found to have pressured then-Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould to spare SNC Lavalin, one of Canada’s largest engineering companies, from prosecution for bribing Libyan officials in return for lucrative government contracts between 2001 and 2011.
After the Canadian ethics commissioner said Trudeau had violated federal conflict of interest rules, he said, “I assume responsibility for everything that happened in my office.” He added, “We recognize the way this happened shouldn’t have happened,” but said his government was acting in the interest of the national economy.
Ultimately, Trudeau lost two star female cabinet ministers (they resigned) — including the first indigenous woman to become minister of justice — and the scandal almost cost his Liberal Party’s hold on power.
Now the charismatic G7 leader has a different problem on his hands. It not only threatens to deal a fatal blow to the once impenetrable Trudeau brand, it also casts unwelcome scrutiny on his immediate family and on an international charity juggernaut with links to Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and several other well-known celebrities and leaders.
Ok, so my questions are…how serious is all of this? Has this been a big thing in Canada, or is this just something CNN is bringing up? Canadian 'dopers, does this change anything about your feelings for the Trudeau government? Will this cause a shift in politics (I guess to the Conservative Party of Canada, or maybe one of the others?)? What will the fall out of this be, if any?