RCMP considering charging Justin Trudeau over Aga Khan visit

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Charge dodged: RCMP considered charging Justin Trudeau with fraud after his trip to of the Aga Khan the Bahamas island, but decided against it because it appears that Trudeau had the authority to approve the trip himself, the World reports.

RCMP documents from 2019 reveal that the RCMP considered whether it could charge Trudeau based on the findings of a report by the federal Ethics Commissioner, who found that Mr. Trudeau had violated four sections of the conflicts of interest. Investigators believed there were “reasonable grounds” to believe fraud may have been committed, but a lack of clarity in federal rules which apply to the acceptance of gifts stood in the way.

The relevant article of the Penal Code contains a provision that allows officials to accept benefits if they have the written consent of the head of their branch of government. RCMP Corporal Michel Kiperchuk said in a briefing note to his superiors that “an investigation and prosecution under this section may not be in the public interest if it cannot be determined with certainty whether Mr. Trudeau can simply give consent to himself.”

Convoy request: Trudeau on Monday called for an investigation into the Emergencies Act invocation, CBC reports.

“This includes the evolution of the convoy, the impact of funding and misinformation, the economic impact, and the efforts of police and other responders before and after the statement,” the statement said. Paul Roll was appointed commissioner to lead the investigation. He was first appointed as a judge of the Superior Court of Ontario in 2002, then joined the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2005.

Critics say the inquiry should be more focused on holding the government accountable.

“The Liberal government is doing everything in its power to ensure that this investigation is not material and does not hold them accountable,” said a joint statement from Tory MPs. Raquel Dancho, Dane Lloyd and Gerard DELTEL. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association – which is suing the federal government over its decision to invoke the law – said the investigation does not appear to be focused on government accountability.

Responsibility? In the Toronto Sun, Antoine Furey argues that the investigation as designed is a recipe for a cover-up.

Nor is there any acknowledgment from them that the inquiry should examine whether Trudeau was even right to take this unprecedented step. the Liberals would clearly prefer it to be a trial of others — participants in the convoy and the conservative opposition, in particular Pierre Poilievrewho is now gaining popularity by the day as he travels the country for his Conservative leadership campaign.

Tried together: Furey points out that an inquest need not examine the guilt of convoy participants, as criminal trials will assess that. We learned a bit more about one such trial on Monday, when prosecutors said four men accused of conspiring to murder RCMP officers during the Coutts border protests would be tried together, CBC reports.

Chris Lysak, Chris Carbert, Anthony Olienick and jerry morin each faces charges of conspiracy to kill, possession of a weapon and mischief. The four, along with 10 others facing lesser charges, made brief appearances in Lethbridge court on Monday as defense attorneys and prosecutors move cases forward.

Two of the men have ties to Diagolon, a white supremacist group.

National security: In the Star, Suzanne Delacourt emphasizes the national security issues to be raised, and the difficulty of considering them and sharing findings given that Rouleau was instructed to “take all necessary measures to prevent any disclosure of information to persons or to agencies other than the Government of Canada that would be injurious to international relations, national defense or national security”.

A record for the convoy protest — and the government’s response to it — is crucial. If it is true that Canada’s national security was in real jeopardy, as the United States ambassador and the Prime Minister’s security adviser have more than implied, there is big questions to face only if the emergency legislation was justified. A big question looming: how to ensure that Canadian democracy is not challenged in this way again.

Get ready, Ottawa: As Canadian institutions grapple with the fallout from the convoy, Ottawa is preparing for a motorbike convoy on Friday, the Post reports. Organizer Neil Sheard says in a YouTube video that there will be an “every man for himself” Friday if Ottawa police don’t allow hundreds of protesters to take their bikes to the streets around Parliament Hill.

DND issue: An advisory committee on systemic racism and discrimination in the Canadian military warned on Monday that the threat from neo-Nazism, white supremacy and right-wing extremism is growing, APTN reports.

“In addition to sexual misconduct and domestic violence, hate crimes, extremist behavior and affiliations with white supremacist groups are increasing at an alarming rate both in Canada and in its Defense Team,” the report said. . “It is becoming increasingly secretive, and advances in technology such as Darknet and encryption methods pose significant challenges in detecting these members. »

Appeals to the UN: AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald on Monday called on the UN to open an investigation into Canada’s possible role in human rights abuses associated with residential schools, CBC reports. Archibald wants the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples to investigate Canada’s role in the residential school system: “I don’t call them schools anymore because no school I went to had a children buried in unmarked graves. Canada and other UN member states must not look the other way.

Crypto cold water: Cryptocurrencies are not a way to “opt out” of inflation and they will in no way replace the Canadian dollar, two Bank of Canada officials — Tiff Macklem and Caroline Rogers — said in apparent rebuke to Pierre Poilievre at the Finance Committee on Monday, the To post reports.

Snake oil: Speaking of Poilievre’s attacks on the Bank of Canada, Tom Brodbeckin the Winnipeg Free Pressdespise him as a snake oil salesman making Trump-style attacks on the central bank.

It is Donald Trump politics. The former US president made a political career out of lying to Americans and attacking the integrity of public institutions, such as the courts, intelligence agencies and the US Federal Reserve. Poilievre’s tactics are very similar.

Sloan Stone Bags: Dirty veteran trickster Peter Roger will act as a strategic advisor to by Derek Sloan Party of Ontario, reports the Post.

Fuddle comforter: John Horgan sworn to BC QP, Global reports.

Outsider: Vicky Mochama has an interesting profile of Michelle Rempel Garner in Chatelaine.

Speculation: In the Calgary Herald, Don Braid wonders if Jason Kennywho faces a tough leadership vote on May 18, could call a snap election if the number he gets is above 50%, but not high enough to silence dissent.

Numbers: In his last story for CP, Jordanian press has an interesting piece of what the census will tell us tomorrow about how Canada is aging.

—Stephen Maher

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