We know Trudeau’s Liberals are beholden to the labour movement and now we’re getting a better idea of how much from filings with Elections Canada on third party spending and filings by U.S. based unions. Millions were spent to oust Stephen Harper and pave the way for Trudeau.
Remember last summer when U.S. style Super PAC “Engage Canada” began pushing left wing, anti-Harper messages using ads filled with lies? Those ads and the infrastructure to support them cost money. We were told that Engage Canada could have amassed as much as $10 million to defeat Harper. Turns out that wasn’t far off the mark.
Two unions alone gave $2 million besides any big Canadian unions like Unifor, the Public Service Alliance or others. American based unions representing Canadian workers have until April 30th to file paperwork and so far we know the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) gave Engage Canada $500,000.
That’s the union Trudeau spoke to bragging about what he’s done for unions. Any media questions or scrutiny of this quid pro quo? None at all. Due to the type of transparency Trudeau repealed for Canadian unions, we know about the $500,000 IAFF spent to elect him and also know about the $1.5 million the Steelworkers gave to Engage Canada.
Engage Canada shut down when the writ was dropped so we don’t know what they spent on advertising or who else is on their donor list but trust me, they took in millions more from other unions, UNIFOR in particular.
The goal of Engage was simple; defeat Stephen Harper and the Conservatives, ensure either Trudeau’s Liberals or Mulcair’s NDP replaced him.
In the end it was Trudeau’s Liberals and now he owes them. He’s repaying them with moves like Bill C-4, doing away with secret ballots and transparency on how dues money is spent.
There’s more to tell on this and I’ll tell it. Canada’s labour movement helped buy the election for Trudeau whose massive majority was obtained with 39% of the vote.
Canadians sneer about big money in American politics. Here, the big money isn’t from corporations or wealthy robber barons, it’s from union bosses pushing their own agenda.
There isn’t Canadian media scrutiny of this phenomenon. They’re busy covering Trudeau’s staged mastery of quantum computing, or writing about his sock collection or yoga moves.
If other journalists would bother to look, they’d find this story too but that takes work. Trudeau’s links and debt to union bosses must be explored. Others won’t do it, so we will.