PM Justin Trudeau has decided to take a trip to Rwanda while the Liberal Party deals with yet another earth-shattering scandal that’s led to even more calls of resignation.
According to Trudeau’s itinerary, the PM will arrive in Kigali, Rwanda, later today at 5:40 pm. Of course, the media is invited to a “pooled photo opportunity” for the occasion.
There have been no reports on whether the former drama teacher and renowned costume lover will wear traditional Rwandan dress during his stay in Kigali.
Among the topics being discussed in Rwanda with other leaders will be African food security and Russia — all international concerns.
Meanwhile, back in Canada, the Liberals are facing yet another scandal, this time stemming from a Halifax Examiner report that RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki allegedly pressured her subordinates into jeopardizing the Nova Scotia massacre investigation to support Justin Trudeau’s incoming gun grab.
Indeed, the handwritten letter of an RCMP officer included in the report alleges that Lucki “promised” Trudeau’s 2020 Public Safety Minister and the Prime Minister’s Office that the RCMP would release information about the guns used by the shooter, adding that it would be tied to future gun control legislation.
As per RCMP Support Services Officer Darren Campbell’s handwritten notes that were reported yesterday: “The Commissioner said she had promised the Minister of Public Safety and the Prime Minister’s Office that the RCMP (we) would release this information. I tried to explain… we could not release this information at this time. The Commissioner then said that we didn’t understand, that this was tied to pending gun control legislation that would make officers and the public safer.” [Emphasis added]
To say this is a bombshell is an understatement. We reached out to Lucki for comment, and while she denies allegations that she interfered with the investigation, she says she regrets her conduct in meetings in the aftermath of the shooting.
“I want to acknowledge and address information included in the foundational document issued by the Mass Casualty Commission (MCC). As a police officer, and the RCMP Commissioner, I would never take actions or decisions that could jeopardize an investigation. I did not interfere in the ongoing investigations into the largest mass shooting in Canadian history,” Lucki wrote in an email statement to The Counter Signal.
“It is important to note that the sharing of information and briefings with the Minister of Public Safety are necessary, particularly during a mass shooting on Canadian soil. This is standard procedure, and does not impact the integrity of ongoing investigations or interfere with the independence of the RCMP. I take the principle of police independence extremely seriously, and it has been and will continue to be fully respected in all interactions.”
Calls for her resignation have begun to mount, while Trudeau’s former Public Safety Minister Bill Blair is likewise facing severe scrutiny.
But this isn’t the only Liberal Minister under fire.
Conservative leadership frontrunner Pierre Poilievre publicly demanded Liberal MP Marco Mendicino resigns over the roughly two dozen times he lied in the House about law enforcement requesting the Emergencies Act be invoked, which was used as the primary justification for the invocation during the Freedom Convoy protests.
“It’s clear that Minister made false statements in the House of Commons. And it wasn’t just about something trivial. He wanted to give Trudeau cover to invoke the Emergencies Act, freeze people’s bank accounts, and trample on civil liberties,” Poilievre said.
“The Minister made false statements. If he messed up, then he’s incompetent. If he lied, then he’s dishonest. Either way, he can’t keep this important job.”
Moreover, just last week, Liberal MP Karina Gould admitted that she didn’t disclose investment shares in a family business from two years ago until recently.
According to Section 20 of the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons:
A member shall file with the Commissioner a full statement disclosing the member’s private interests and the private interests of the members of the member’s family within:
(i) 60 days after the notice of his or her election to the House of Commons is published in the Canada Gazette; and
(ii) 60 days after the date established by the Commissioner for the annual review.
It’s a clear violation of the Conflict of Interest Code, and Minister Gould was subsequently fined while, yet again, calls for a Liberal Minister to resign erupted on social media.
Of course, these are just the most recent scandals — there have been many over Trudeau’s tenure — and the Liberal Party looks like a dumpster fire more and more every day.
Regardless, Trudeau appears unperturbed by the state of his Party, focused, as usual, on the concerns of his international friends rather than his citizens or even political allies.