January 28, 2016

Liberals received “secret” donation from major union during election … and here’s why no one will be prosecuted

Brian LilleyArchive

Liberals get top marks for unmitigated gall. Here’s just the latest example.

The same day they formally announced they would repeal two union bills, C-377 on transparency and C-525 on secret ballots, we find out that the Liberals received a secret donation from a major union during the election.

But don't worry, no one will go to jail because the Liberals are very good at making sure that powerful special interests in the media and Elections Canada, also have a stake in keeping such malfeasance quiet.

I reveal something that took place during the election where, by my count, three laws or sections of the law were broken but no fuss was made by Elections Canada or CBC because it was the Liberals who did wrong. The NDP receives the same kind of favoured treatment.

There’s a reason Conservatives have a chip on their shoulder about Elections Canada and its Commissioner. As this shows, they’re selective in who they charge with one set of rules for Conservatives and one for everyone else.

In this case, the Commissioner of Canada Elections simply says that the Liberals didn't know this was happening and the union has promised to behave in the future and now the Liberals are returning the favour by making it easier for unions to hide how dues money is spent, making it easier to form a union and harder to get out of one.

It is all a very nice little arrangement that for some reason, none of these groups have to talk about.


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commented 2016-01-30 03:18:19 -0500
Union should not be enforced or to intimidate workers to join them! now they did go to Trudeau because they know they can’t get anything from Harper and the Conservatives!
commented 2016-01-29 21:37:39 -0500
This was a case of a union paying their members for their time to appear in the photo op. Not a direct donation.

Should this happen? Probably not. It’s a very area that has never really been brought into question before.

Shitting on unions in general for one unions action though is ignorant.
commented 2016-01-29 20:36:56 -0500
They’re a Union – what ‘non-union’ business would they be conducting with Union funds ? Find one of their Union members to question them ? Also just saw a picture of PSAC picket line with a placard saying ‘crossing a picket line brings bad luck’ – is that not intimidation ? But of course it’s not new for the Unions but I think even that is a little blantant ?
commented 2016-01-29 18:46:33 -0500
You have a very effective way of presenting the facts.
commented 2016-01-29 14:12:43 -0500
PM Zoolander has been personally accepting payments from Unions since his days as an MP. See who was paying his speaking fees, http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/justin-trudeau-and-unions/. Did these speaking fees go directly into his bank account? For any other politician his actions on the two bills would be considered a conflict of interest at least – or paying off a bribe at the most. But not for the Dauphin, whose been bought an paid for by the unions.
commented 2016-01-29 11:33:50 -0500
It seems to me this is a job the opposition should be doing.
commented 2016-01-29 00:54:35 -0500
Rick, I agree with you, but I still believe that someone should give it a try. I’m not sure who or how as I am not a lawyer, but it seems to me that if someone got the ball rolling and there was news coverage about it – like from the Rebel for example. Then if a judge turns it down or a court refuses to hear it, we will at least have a public record of the corruption.
Again, I’m not sure how or who should do this, but I am just sick of hearing about all the dishonesty and broken laws and seeing nothing being done other than talk.
It seems all we are capable of doing is reporting the breaking of the law and then talking about it. Talk, Talk, Talk.
commented 2016-01-28 21:17:16 -0500
Judges, Police Chiefs, Prosecutors and maybe other officials are all elected in USA cities, towns and counties. They probably try hard to do a good job but if they screw up you can toss them out.
commented 2016-01-28 20:52:43 -0500
This is part of the reason liberals are so gung-ho for new regulations; they know they won`t actually have to follow them.
commented 2016-01-28 20:51:51 -0500
Thanks for the report Brian. Your indepth knowledge of politics, laws, unions, etc is always impressive. Keep up the good work!
commented 2016-01-28 20:35:40 -0500
In typical Orwellian double-speak the Liberals promised a “fair and open government”
commented 2016-01-28 20:19:05 -0500
The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things,

Of shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and Kings,

The time has come the Walrus said, for Guns to rule the law,

Of roaming Lynch mobs sent, To knock on Liberals door.
commented 2016-01-28 19:29:15 -0500
To Bruce Kirk. I live in Ontario. I’ve been eyeing Saskatchewan for a while now. Seems like the ONLY sane province in this country. I was going to write; “…ONLY sane province LEFT in this country” but that wouldn’t be RIGHT now would it?
commented 2016-01-28 19:13:22 -0500
Brian the reason rampant corruption, malfeasance, influence buying and collusion is now entrenched in our political system is because we have allowed a 2 tiered justice system to rise out of this corrupt nepotistic cess pool – one type of justice for the influence-brokering political class and their connected network of clinets and another for the rest of us poor schlubs who pay the bills for this kleptocratic cronyism.

THAT is why we see few malfeasance and conflict of interest cases in Canadian courts – because the judiciary is part of the patronage crony network – it’s a tight, smug insulated little club, and you ain’t in it – you just get to pay their bar tabs.
commented 2016-01-28 19:07:38 -0500
Marty Ashfield said: “I do not understand how so many laws were broken during the last election, and NOTHING has been or is being done about it. Surely someone somewhere can bring charges to Elections Canada, the Commissioner, Justin Trudeau, Gerald Butts or a bunch of Liberals that were complicit in the laws that were broken.
I mean we are hearing about these unlawful activities all the time and NOTHING is done about them but TALK.
Lets either do something or shut up about these illegal activities.” Feel the frustration as you do. That said, it is a given our Lieberal Justice System will either refuse to hear such a challenge or simply strike it down. Gonna take more drastic measures methinks!
commented 2016-01-28 19:00:14 -0500
Same old, same old Liberal corruption and no accountability, and the people that voted Liberal are too stupid to learn that this happens with ALL Liberal parties both federal and provincial again and again and again!
commented 2016-01-28 18:55:08 -0500
eastern canada votes liberal and western canada suffers
commented 2016-01-28 18:45:33 -0500
Marty Ashfield: I agree. This doesn’t seem to make sense. Are not the R.C.M.P. duty bound to investigate any transgressions against voting laws regardless if someone promises not to do it again?
commented 2016-01-28 18:29:50 -0500
SAM YOUNG commented 9 mins ago – communists don’t tattle on other communists where there are Conservatives around.
commented 2016-01-28 18:29:35 -0500
The kind of sligh of hand that “official observers” wouldn’t notice.
commented 2016-01-28 18:19:27 -0500
Where are the NDP to bitch about this? Shouldn’t the NDP be pissed off that not all the union money goes exclusively to the NDP?
commented 2016-01-28 18:14:24 -0500
Brian, the global deflationary depression is ramping up.

Canada will be gutted. And we have PM Butts in charge. This will be the worst financial disaster in the history of this country.
commented 2016-01-28 18:13:22 -0500
I do not understand how so many laws were broken during the last election, and NOTHING has been or is being done about it. Surely someone somewhere can bring charges to Elections Canada, the Commissioner, Justin Trudeau, Gerald Butts or a bunch of Liberals that were complicit in the laws that were broken.
I would donate to a fund to pay for legal charges to be brought to any or all of these people.
I mean we are hearing about these unlawful activities all the time and NOTHING is done about them but TALK.
Lets either do something or shut up about these illegal activities.
commented 2016-01-28 17:59:42 -0500
There is nothing left to ‘fix’ in this notion of Canada and its government. It is corrupt to its very core.
So, let’s ask the question, What’s to be done then?
P.J. O’Rourke summarized liberalism bluntly, and yet, perfectly;
“At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child – miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats”
The situation in Canada is not unlike responsible parents financially cutting off an irresponsible child. Then letting that child fail in the hopes they will learn that their actions and choices have consequences, and that they have to make responsible informed decisions.
Conservative Canadians find ourselves in the position where we are routinely forced to bail out our liberal children only to watch them gleefully go back to the same liberal habits and thinking that got them into trouble in the first place. All the while looking down their nose and sniffing at those foolish, backward thinking, mean conservatives.
The solution is simple. Let our liberal children fail and truly feel the consequences of their simplistic choices and willfully ill informed decisions. The only way conservatism in Canada is going to be taken seriously is by letting liberal Canadians feel the full effects of liberalism without the safety net of conservative Canadians to once again bail them out from their disastrous decisions.
It is time for conservative Canada to separate itself from liberal Canada. It is no secret that the only reason eastern Canada has survived these last 10-15 years is because British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan have been paying the bills keeping them afloat financially. And for our efforts we are now going to be abused and marginalized by those same liberal children, vis-a-vis, his highness, prince junior Trudeau.
Is separation a harsh drastic measure? Absolutely.
Does it have to be permanent? No.
The basic principal here is that western Canada needs to do what we can to protect ourselves, from what we all know is going to be an economic disaster, in the short term, so that there will actually be a future for Canada in the long term.
Much like Stephen Harper and Peter McKay doing the hard, and unpleasant, work of uniting the right so many years ago, we need to take the same approach for Canada. Look at any electoral map after the last election and you see, in vivid color, the divide in Canada. The only way to fix the divide in Canada is that first, both sides need to acknowledge there is a divide to be fixed. The only way to get to that conversation, in today’s Canada, is by going our separate ways for a while, to reflect on what was and what could be again. So that when the conversation of Canada starts again it is a conversation based in reality, rational thought and includes ALL CANADIANS AND PROVINCES FOR A UNITED CANADA, not some regional mish mash pitted against each other by politicians with agenda’s, media propagandists, union mercenaries, legions of bureaucrats and self interest groups.
So to you my fellow conservative Canadians I ask;
Are you ready to cut off our spoiled liberal children?
Are you willing to make the hard, responsible, decisions so that we have a future?
commented 2016-01-28 17:58:36 -0500
They are thieves. Citizens are week. Bend over and get ready for more.