A newly noticed prime ministerial shout out to a private businessman and his company is once again raising questions about Trudeau's ethics.
The video, filmed inside the Prime Minister’s office in December 2017, lauds the business success of Mississauga area business, Paramount Fine Foods. The video still appears on the company’s official Twitter account and website.
It was weird, as all Trudeau videos are, but it also raised eyebrows. Why was the PM hosting a short infomercial produced by the PMO for a private business?
It’s absolutely unheard of, but the answer to my question was just a quick Elections Canada search away.
Paramount Fine Foods is owned by a man named Mohamed Fakih, a Lebanese immigrant to Canada who came here with nothing, worked hard and hit the ground running. That’s not a problem. Newcomers should come to Canada and take advantage of every opportunity to become a Canadian success story.
Fakih is also a prolific philanthropist who has been honoured in the House of Commons for his contributions to society, but if you search Elections Canada, you’ll find out that Fakih is a very prolific donor to the Liberal Party of Canada.
And, that's not where the relationship ends.
On at least two separate occasions, Mohamad Fakih hosted Liberal Party fundraisers at Paramount Fine Foods, using his powerful presence in the Mississauga community to bring in high-value donors.
I have a document showing that just one Fakih hosted fundraiser brought in somewhere between $151K to $300K for the Liberals.
Five months later, Fakih’s business was being lauded by the PM in a video that never divulged Fakih as one of the Liberals’ most reliable donors and prolific fundraisers.
That's not transparent and that’s not what the PM’s office and influence is for.
I know Trudeau doesn’t do much in the way of actual governing, and maybe that’s a good thing.