Justin Trudeau’s cash-for-access saga is still in full swing. The latest episode of the increasingly interesting political drama rolled out when the Federal opposition parties requested the Canada Elections commissioner to intervene and investigate the charges against the Prime Minister for using cash-for-access fundraisers to gain amounts from donors that exceed federal contribution limits.
The most recent allegations include the claim that Trudeau and his party asked its Chinese Canadian donors to pay amounts as high as $5,000 for the Liberal Party’s cash-for-access events.
Possible criminal conduct
There are several reasons why these allegations are considered so wrong. Each reason is more disturbing than the other. First, the amount requested by the donors far exceeds the contribution limits for federal funds. Second, and more importantly, requesting money in exchange for meetings with the Prime Minister is extremely worrying. It goes against all principles of ethical conduct and creates a conflict of interest.
This is why the interim leader of the Conservative Party, Rona Ambrose, and NDP’s ethics critic, Alexandre Boulerice, decided to contact the commissioner for Canada Elections. Their sole purpose is to get to the bottom of why business people were contacted to donate to the party in exchange for meeting with the Prime Minister.
Trudeau in hot waters
The latest cash-for-access scandal has landed the Prime Minister in quite a bit of trouble. The recent revelations crossed the grounds of just ethics and morality and have breached the borders of illegality. What the Prime Minister and his party are doing isn’t just unethical. It’s illegal.
The legal limit for any individual donation to a federal political party is at around $1,525. However, the two Chinese businesspersons who were asked to attend the events were requested for $4,500 and $5,000 respectively. They declined the offer.