UPDATE 4:30PM ET: I gave Canada 2020 a deadline of 2pm yesterday to answer my pointed questions about Liberal funding, and upcoming events with Liberal politicians. Alex Paterson with Canada 2020 did respond 21 plus hours later, with some mumbo jumbo about only receiving funds from the SSHRC totalling $20,000 since October 19, 2015.
He then went on to say that the majority of their government funding came from the Harper Conservatives. He didn’t answer specifically how much the Liberal government has donated. When it came to Liberals appearing at events, he once again evaded to the subject of the Conservative politicians who had attended their events.
When my story was published, Canada 2020 took to Twitter to publicly freak out about my story and demand an update almost simultaneously. Canada 2020 bombarded me with 20 tweets almost immediately. Why wouldn’t they allot me the 21-plus hours of response time that I gave to them?
I think they’re hiding something. The response to my story was unwarranted given that I gave them a deadline that they didn’t meet, they didn’t answer my pointed questions, and they overreacted.
I think I struck a nerve with Canada 2020 and I’m going to get to the bottom of this. It makes me even more suspicious. I emailed Alex back with the same questions. He gave me the same response about the SSHRC, so he’s hiding behind a federal agency. He also said that they don’t have any upcoming events scheduled with Liberals.
I’m going to keep following this, so stay tuned for my updates!
Canada 2020 claims to be a leading progressive think-tank working to redefine the role of the federal government, but more and more, it seems like this organization is just another political arm of the Liberal Party, like the Trudeau Foundation.
It was founded by Trudeau’s long time pal Tom Pitfield who is married to the president of the Liberal Party, Anna Gainey. Several Liberal MP’s and cabinet ministers have spoken at events and Justin Trudeau himself has been involved in at least three of those events.
There was a lot of talk of Hillary Clinton style cash for access schemes involving Liberals and donors that would attend the same events and rub shoulders at Canada 2020 events.
Then they brought in a policy that insists donors acknowledge their money won’t buy time with the Liberals in an attempt to distance themselves from the government, all while claiming to want to influence the government.
When you have to announce that you’re bringing in policy to get away from this sort of corruption, that just doesn’t work.
Watch as I share the latest questionable connection between a federal government agency, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Canada 2020.
After hearing it, you might ask like I did, how is this any different than cash for access? These agencies say they’re independent think tanks, but are pretty chummy with the Liberal government. Especially when this comes on the heels of news that Tim Pitfield’s company, Data Sciences, is providing “digital engagement” for the Liberal Party’s voter contacts.
He claims his party affiliations aren’t a factor in acquiring this work from the Liberals, but the incestuous ties are simply undeniable.
The Liberals know no bounds when it comes to helping their friends use your money, taking your money from federal agencies, or getting involved in cronyism with “independent” think tanks.
Shockingly, when I contacted Canada 2020 to ask how much money they’ve received from the government since the Liberals won and to see if there were any more engagements planned with the Liberals or their affiliates, they didn’t answer me.