The Trudeau Liberals seem to be once again ignoring their ‘most open and transparent government of all time’ promise.
And the resignation of Liberal MP Raj Grewal is still leaving lots of unanswered questions.
Remember, the Liberals first said Grewal was leaving because of ‘health’ and ‘personal’ issues.
Then – after muzzling their MPs – they said it was because of a ‘gambling problem’ and lots of debt – presumably from the gambling.
And now, it turns out that when he was on the House of Commons Finance Committee, Grewal was very interested in how the RCMP investigated money laundering and large financial transactions.
According to the Globe & Mail, “Transcripts of the committee’s hearings show that he was particularly interested in the testimony of members of law-enforcement agencies such as the RCMP, the Canada Border Services Agency or the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), which collects data on financial transactions of more than $10,000 at financial institutions and casinos.”
Additionally, “Mr. Grewal was interested in the ability of federal agencies to investigate and prosecute money-laundering activities, asking how many convictions were obtained in a given year.”
Hilariously, Grewal at one point asked “How many resources does FINTRAC have to go after each little $10,000 transaction? If I’m money laundering, I’m not doing transactions in the millions to catch attention. I’m doing them at the $10,000, $15,000 limit to get away with it.”
Grewal was under investigation, and remains so.
It certainly seems there’s more going on here than the Trudeau Liberals have admitted. At the very least, they need to be transparent with Canadians on what’s going on, and why they weren’t forthcoming with details sooner.
Personally, I don’t care if Grewal had gambling issues, as that’s really a matter for him to deal with. But, since he was in a position to exert influence and power through the government and on committees, it’s disturbing to see that he was so interested in how investigations worked while he was being investigated.
The issue is that Grewal was an elected MP, and was supposed to be serving his constituents. If he was doing otherwise, than Canadians have a right to know.
Instead however, it appears the Trudeau Liberals once again repeated their usual pattern: Release as little info as they can, then only release bits and pieces more as pressure rises. That’s the opposite of transparency.
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