The Cabinet Ministers remaining loyal to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the midst of the SNC-Lavalin scandal have been busy lately.
The Prime Minister's Office has sent them across the country to distract from day-after-day of embarrassment in Parliamentary committee rooms. Justin Trudeau himself was about to hold a press conference and fundraiser in Regina; (the two are often paired to save so that taxpayers pay the airfare, rather than the Liberal Party.)
But that was canceled abruptly, with rumors claiming Canadian Tire was too embarrassed to host the scandal-plagued Prime Minister!
Today, Navdeep Bains, Trudeau's Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, appeared in Calgary to Cisco in an investment announcement. Cisco, an American technology conglomerate is directing $15 million towards several programs, including youth-oriented charities.
I attended the announcement in downtown Calgary, which the government clearly hoped would be a distraction from the SNC-Lavalin scandal unfolding by the hour. Instead, even the mainstream media didn’t take the bait – and all questions in the press conference following the announcement were about the scandal Trudeau and his Ministers so desperately want to put behind them.
(CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said that this investment by Cisco was government funded. That is not the case. The money is a corporate investment made by Cisco. The Rebel apologizes for this error.)