October 23, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: PMO staff expenses hidden from public scrutiny, documents show

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

We recently received an Access to Information Packet that revealed the Prime Minister’s office refused to release the expenses of Justin Trudeau's best friend and Senior Advisor, Gerald Butts. 

Now, we’re appealing the PMO decision to hide Butts' expenses with the office of the Information Commissioner and, in the meantime, also submitted an additional information request about policy changes that were made in order to justify concealing those expenses.

Previous Prime Ministers Chretien, Martin, and Harper all had to follow the rules and their respective staffers in the PMO were subject to the same public scrutiny on expenses.

On October 13th we wrote to the Privy Council Office seeking the following information:

"Provide copies of any documents outlining the changes to Access to Information procedures and policies regarding the decision to redact the names of exempt/political staffers from release, in contrast to past practice under previous governments."

Despite being simple and clear in our request, the response we received is just more brazen opaqueness from the "most transparent government ever".

Watch as I share their reply and delve further into why the Liberal government doesn’t appear to want to be transparent.

At almost the same time that we received this heavily redacted packet, Treasury Secretary Scott Brison was in committee attempting to defend Liberal legislation that was introduced in June regarding Access to Information Reform.

The proposed reforms have not only drawn the ire of the opposition parties in the House of Commons but also criticism from Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault, who described the proposed changes as taking the public's right to know "backwards.”

According to the Globe & Mail, Brison told the committee on October 18th:

“As we developed these reforms, we were guided by the principle that government information belongs to the people we serve. We remain committed to this principle.”

Unless, it seems, that information pertains to Justin Trudeau's staffer and best friend, Gerald Butts.

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commented 2017-10-25 02:31:24 -0400
Seriously Ms. Stevenson… If you can’t keep up with the rest of the class please just sit down and be quiet.!!
commented 2017-10-25 01:58:38 -0400
Andrew Stephenson speaking of not getting it , how about the left in the US? One seat does not make him a great leader.
commented 2017-10-24 18:56:31 -0400
“Transparency” is just a click bait troll for the Twitterheads in Tater Tot’s cult of selfies. No one with any experience with Liberal politics believes this governement is any different than the last 3 criminal enterprises the LPC put in the PMO.
commented 2017-10-24 16:57:01 -0400
Andrew Stephenson, it would be a refreshing change if you posted something which pertains to the report. Check it out, seriously!
commented 2017-10-24 11:42:40 -0400
Despite the petulant squalling of the “I’m not alt-right” alt-right, Trudeau’s Liberals took a seat from the Conservatives in yesterday’s by-elections. They still don’t get it.
commented 2017-10-24 10:00:55 -0400
They always say follow the money but when the money is an IOU ,a promissory unwritten note to be paid at a future date ,post hoc ,there is nothing to follow. The Clintons have been selling influence for decades with impunity.
Trudeau ,Butts et al will all be rewarded for selling Canada out ,after they leave office.
Outrageous as it seems, regrettably there is little we can do when you have a corrupt aparatchik media who hides all from sight.
commented 2017-10-24 06:30:21 -0400
Did anyone think the Lieberal Party was going to operate any differently?

History shows us that the Leiberal Party is the most corrupt organization on the planet.

I would trust the mob before I’d trust The Clown Prince of the Lieberal Party, Justin Mohammed Trudeaup and his merry band of thieves.
commented 2017-10-24 02:53:22 -0400
Justin Trudeau and his Libranos – the most corrupt sons of bitches in the history of Canada. He really believes his own bullsh*t. He really believes he’s King of Canada.

We need to take back our country from this unbelievably vain and evil man. OUR country.
commented 2017-10-24 01:50:10 -0400
Does anyone know where to get a left wing dictionary? It seems they have different definitions for words like Equality and Transparency.
commented 2017-10-24 00:07:37 -0400
“Telling the public you’re doing one thing, then doing the opposite, is a Breach of Trust.”

That is the LIBERAL way yet the sheeple continually fall for their packet of lies hook, line, and sinker over and again. Proving you just can’t fix stupid.
commented 2017-10-23 23:48:55 -0400
Telling the public you’re doing one thing, then doing the opposite, is a Breach of Trust.
commented 2017-10-23 22:39:44 -0400
The Spud must be throwing some pretty elegant selfie parties.
commented 2017-10-23 21:42:09 -0400
Well said Fraser.!! OOH-RAA
commented 2017-10-23 21:33:35 -0400
Canadian Mongrel, I think you covered it!

Justin and Gerry are grifters, the LPC has a disproportionate number of like minded, corrupt puppets.

I think every question posed to the lying Liberals in Parliament should be prefaced with the true definition of transparency. I’m tired of the Goebbels impression every time one then opens their mouth!
commented 2017-10-23 21:25:57 -0400
BRUCE CLARK commented: “Gerry is still a tad embarrassed by his moving costs to Ottawa.”

Liebranos have no morals, therefore cannot be embarrassed!
commented 2017-10-23 20:02:03 -0400
This is only the beginning.

Expenses being hidden from scrutiny, a Fin. Minister who ties his policies to self-enrichment…how far does this secrecy go?

I suggest that JT is fleeching the herd as fast as he can, and protecting Butts at the same time.

And as Canada comes closer to the election, the year before that date will reveal much about the feelings of the Liberal caucus.

I predict there will be wholesale instances where dozens of Liberal MPs will not be seeking re-election. I believe it’s very likely JT may opt to not seek re-election.

Remember: Butts was the executive staffer for Dalton McGuinty, who resigned as premier during a social at the Liberal Party policy convention. No announcement to the convention, no release to meda – it was a cellphone video that carried the message to the press, anonymously.

War is coming.

Be ready.
commented 2017-10-23 18:41:02 -0400
Not surprised at all (which in itself speaks volumes) as theft via deception has long been a corner stone of the Liberal Party.
commented 2017-10-23 18:27:56 -0400
Gerry is still a tad embarrassed by his moving costs to Ottawa.
commented 2017-10-23 18:22:26 -0400
WHEN THE GOVERNMENT HIDES INFORMATION FROM THE PEOPLE WHO PAY THEIR SALARIES YOU KNOW THEY ARE HIDING THEIR GUILT. ONLY THE GUILTY HIDE EVIDENCE. IF WE LIVED IN A SANE COUNTRY THE R.CM.P. WOULD INVESTIGATE THE GUILTY.
POSTED FROM CANADA
commented 2017-10-23 17:37:18 -0400
“…government information belongs to the people we serve…”

Let’s see. The Lying Party of Corruption serves Soros and other Western multimillionaires or billionaires, environmental groups funded by these billionaires, the Chinese government, Chinese billionaires, Saudi Arabia and other Muslim oil states, Muslim billionaires, Venezuela government, socialist Venezuelan billionaires, the D.N.C.,, D.N.C. Multimillionaires. Am I missing anyone else that turncoat Brisson might have wanted included?
commented 2017-10-23 17:26:56 -0400
Butts works for Soros he should pay him, the PM from QUE.works for the UN they should pay him,and I would be happy.