October 21, 2016

Liberals hide “cash-for-access” fundraisers from website

Brian LilleyArchive

We’ve talked about Liberals scheduling fundraisers for Cabinet Ministers across the country, then finding a reason for the Minister to do some business there. It seems fundraising is the most important job for this new government and they have no problem getting Ministers to travel the country collecting cheques for the Liberal Party, while taxpayers pick up the travel tab.

But now there is more.

If you’ve been paying attention, then you know that fundraisers where high end donors get to have face time with powerful Ministers in Justin Trudeau’s cabinet has dominated headlines and questions in the House of Commons for days now.

It’s kind of a repeat of what Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals did in Ontario and the opposition parties have been hammering the Liberals over events like Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s appearance at a fundraiser hosted at a Halifax mansion and attended by corporate executives that could benefit from Morneau’s spending.

The Liberal response to this is interesting.

First they pointed out that Minister Morneau was on a budget consultation tour at the time of the fundraiser last week. Not a great response considering that as he's doing budget consultations, he’s meeting executives donating $1,500 a pop to hang out with him, business executives that could benefit from actions taken in the budget, some spending here, a special tax break there.

Then came the other response, that the Liberals were not hiding this because according to their House leader Bardish Chagger, it was all open.

“This event was open, and anyone who purchased a ticket was welcome to attend. The event was made public online,” Chagger said.

Morneau also claimed no wrong-doing when I asked him later that afternoon. But, not really.

One thing that has left political watchers puzzled, until now, is why the Halifax fundraiser for Morneau along with similar events in Toronto and Calgary did not appear on the Liberal Party website where events such as fundraisers normally appear.

It turns out that the Liberals have been using a simple piece of coding on their website to block certain fundraisers from being seen by the general public or found by search engines like Google.

The Liberals have been using a Robots.txt file. Nothing wrong with that, web designers use them all the time to make sure that when you go searching for their website that you can find their website but back end pages are hidden.

But as we look at the Robots.txt file the Liberals are using we see they are not only hiding back end stuff but also several fundraisers for Morneau and International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland.

That flies in the face of what Liberal House Leader Bardish Chagger said in the Commons.

This is not open, this is hidden, on purpose, you have to purposely put that in.

The Liberals maintain they have broken no laws or rules on fundraising, a party spokesman even saying via email it would be wrong to call the events hidden even though the public cannot see any information about them.

Spokesperson Braeden Caley said information such as the home of a host must be protected. He also said volunteers often input these events, but a volunteer in a riding association is not getting access to this file, they can’t make these kinds of changes to the website.

As for protecting an address, you can do that without hiding the whole event.

The Liberals have been hiding these because they knew they would look bad.

An editorial in the Globe and Mail on Thursday compared Trudeau’s fundraising practices to those of Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, an apt comparison and not surprising when you remember all the Queen’s Park Liberals around Justin Trudeau.

The new government of real change is really all about the same old dirty tricks.

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commented 2016-10-22 12:12:55 -0400
The LIEberals are in bed with the likes of George Soros. Does this really surprise anyone? Demand a re-election!!!
commented 2016-10-22 11:27:52 -0400
Another Page out of the Dhimmicrap Play book . . .
Obama election fraud . . . and now Hillary’s “Pay to Play” . . .
Many thanks to the 39% . . . Canada’s Deplorables . . .
commented 2016-10-22 10:47:57 -0400
Correction , Sherri. The quote is, “The LOVE of money is A root OF ALL SORTS of evil”.
commented 2016-10-22 10:44:32 -0400
Baby Doc and friends have one set of rules for themselves, and the real rules are for everyone else. Its not as though someone had a $16 glass of orange juice and was forced to resign.

So where is the main stream media in all this? Crickets. Its just part of the normal Liberals entitled to their entitlements. Disgusting.

Our money is their money. No reason to not take advantage if it.
commented 2016-10-22 01:25:14 -0400
This little scheme of “you scratch my back & I’ll scratch yours”, sounds a lot like Clinton & the donors to her foundation. In spite of all the shenanigans by the Liberals, Trudeau apparently remains very popular with a 65% rating, must be all those liberals they poll & the reporter even went as far as to tell us that Trudeau would have 2 terms……..that’s when I started to pull my hair out. That reasoning is very simple to understand, since they only watch the msm who never report the real story, but only make sure it’s only what their viewers want to hear. So, when you inform them of the facts they almost call you a liar.
Spend & lie & when you’re caught, deny everything. Same unsavory habits, same old liberals.
commented 2016-10-21 21:15:13 -0400
This sounds EXACTLY like Clinton’s pay for play. Drop a couple of bucks and you have my attention otherwise get to the back of the line. Money talks
commented 2016-10-21 20:16:22 -0400
Great job Brian, you’re only one person reporting compared to thousands of media.
commented 2016-10-21 18:35:05 -0400
After the way Baby Doc threw McKenna and her process under the bus with his carbon extortion announcement, as well as Monsef and her process for electoral reform during his anniversary interview, I don’t see why any one would go to a fundraiser highlighting a Baby Doc cabinet eunuch.

Much better to make a donation to the moving expenses of Baby Doc’s Butt.
commented 2016-10-21 18:31:12 -0400
The Liberals are the party of the donor class – pay to play access with Liberal governments has a long tradition -most recently exemplified by the brown paper cash-stuffed envelopes of the Chretien/Martin era and now the special interest pay-to-play “funding events” developed by Wynne and exported to Ottawa by the Librano carrier pigeon “scruffy” Butts.

It’s going to be a long 3 years watching Librano history repeat itself and going “I told you so”.
commented 2016-10-21 18:29:05 -0400
Made up corruption when Harper was in power was all over the news, now it is nowhere to be seen in the news. Gotta love filthy hypocrites.
commented 2016-10-21 18:27:54 -0400
We should all chip in to buy a ticket for Omar Khadr to these events, on the condition that he wears a backpack and refuses to take it off. See the sweat pouring off the liberals as they dine with him in the room.
commented 2016-10-21 17:52:20 -0400
Will everybody from the different provinces sound in if they are for separation… What I mean by that is just state which province that you’re from and if you are for separation.. if I am convinced there’s enough people out west that are for separation I will start a door-to-door campaign for signatures to take to my local MP or MLA.
Enough is enough from this Liberal government ruining our country.
commented 2016-10-21 17:44:29 -0400
You said it for a great lot of us out here !!!!

Keep the relentless scrutiny focused on those Lying hypocrites on the HILL , BRAIN
This will have a cumulative effect on elections
commented 2016-10-21 17:27:49 -0400
God I hate these fucking lying, deceiving, backstabbing fucking Liberals.
commented 2016-10-21 17:24:37 -0400
Money remains the root of all evil