Even I don't always agree with my opinion


Who’s Calling The Kettle Black?

Posted June 23, 2013 by jim young in Politics

– jim young

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is being criticised for charging money to speak at charity functions because as NDP MP Charlie Angus suggested, he’s never heard of anyone charging for these services.

Well – now he has heard of it and I’m not sure what the big deal is, really.

None of the MPs that are criticising Trudeau’s actions have suggested it was illegal, – just that it isn’t moral.

Gee – who would’ve thought a politician might ever do something immoral? Certainly not a member of the Conservative Party such as Senators Mike Duffy or Pamela Wallin.

At least Trudeau wasn’t robbing Canadians. It was simply quid pro quo.

I’m not sure I buy into the concept that what Trudeau has done is wrong simply based on the “it’s unheard of” or “it’s just not done” reasoning.

Isn’t that akin to the teenager who wants to smoke just because “everyone else is doing it?”

There has to be more sound reasoning to it than just that.

And let’s not forget that the Grace Foundation in Saint John’s who have requested Trudeau refund his speaking fee were not duped into making the original agreement with Trudeau.

It’s not like Trudeau attempted to hide the fact that he was an MP at the time from them.

Yet the Grace Foundation didn’t balk at negotiating the $20,000 contract to have Trudeau speak.

Why? Because they thought they were going to make money.

But they were wrong.

It was only after they lost money and began to have some second thoughts about it that they decided that Trudeau should refund their money.

Trudeau lived up to his expectations and responsibilities by delivering what he was paid to deliver – his speech. Why should he be expected to pay back his fees?

Would promoters who lost money at a rock concert expect the Rolling Stones to give back THEIR money if the concert receipts did not cover their expenses?

Apparently, Trudeau’s offer to refund the speaking fee is not enough according to Conservative MP Rob Moore who represents Fundy Royal – the riding where the Grace Foundation is located.

Moore is suggesting that Trudeau is only now offering the refund because of the attention it has received in the media.

Regardless of what Trudeau’s real motives may be in offering compensation, since the Grace Foundation is getting what they asked for, Moore’s suggestion that it’s not enough kind of makes HIS motives suspect too, don’t you think?

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