Without Chagger Recusal, Trudeau Is Still Picking New Ethics Commissioner

On May 15th, Justin Trudeau “recused” himself from the selection of the new Ethics Commissioner. The reason given by the government was that due to the ongoing investigation being conducted into his trip to the billionaire island in the Bahamas, Trudeau would have a conflict of interest selecting the new commissioner.

Instead, the government said Bardish Chagger, the Government House Leader, would make the pick.

The recusal was a smart political move, since it makes it seem like Trudeau isn’t really selecting the new commissioner. But as I said at the time, “considering that Trudeau’s cabinet takes their orders from Trudeau, appointing a Cabinet Minister to make the decision doesn’t actually change anything. There’s nothing to stop Trudeau and Chagger from having a quick conversation in the House of Commons where Trudeau whispers who to pick and Chagger makes the same choice.”

And of course, we need to ask ourselves if we really think Chagger would chose somebody that Trudeau didn’t approve of. The chance of that happening is almost non-existent.

Now, both top opposition parties are raising the same concerns:

Nathan Cullen – NDP ethics critic – said Chagger wouldn’t have credibility making the pick considering the many Liberals facing investigations.

Said Cullen, “It would be like somebody accused of a crime getting to appoint their own judge and jury. No one would ever perceive that person as being fair and unbiased.”

Candice Bergen – Conservative House Leader, pointed out that Trudeau could have easily delegated the pick of the ethics commissioner to someone outside the political process.

“Just as easily as he said he would ask his House leader to make the recommendation, I think he can just as easily say that he’s going to ask a non-partisan, respected Canadian to help come up with a name,” Bergen said.

Bergen also pointed out that Chagger can’t make a decision without getting approval from the PMO, making it obvious that Chagger’s “choice” won’t be independent of Trudeau’s influence.

Said Bergen, “She can’t make a decision without talking to the Prime Minister’s Office. I can tell you this because I work with her daily. She has to talk to the Prime Minister’s Office about everything.”

Trudeau government refuses to commit to creation of non-partisan appointments process

Despite their repeated talking points about openness and transparency, we have seen that the Trudeau government is among the least transparent of all time. In fact, the Auditor General recently had to write a letter to MP’s because he was being blocked from accessing data from the Department of Finance. As a result, he couldn’t complete part of a scheduled audit – meaning Canadians are deprived of knowing whether certain programs are working or not.

And when the government was asked if Chagger would actually include the other parties in a non-partisan appointments office, the government instead sent a talking point filled response:

“Our government put in place a new appointment process which supports open, transparent and merit-based selection processes. Our aim is to identify high-quality candidates who will help to achieve gender parity and truly reflect Canada’s diversity.”

As usual, it doesn’t answer the question, and only confirms the total lack of accountability and transparency in the Trudeau government.

You know that as long as Chagger remains as the person picking the next Ethics Commissioner, it’s as if Trudeau is making the pick himself.

Spencer Fernando


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