The Climate Change Money Pit: Where Is The Money Really Going?

Ever think that your tax dollars are being wasted on the climate change scam? Well, they are. But at least, one can have a better idea of “where” they are being wasted. Here are some, but not all of the recent amounts in recent years.

Considering how little attention any of this gets in the media, or even in political spheres, it’s fair to ask why. Notice that scandals in Ottawa tend to be over relatively minor things. It’s a great way to divert attention.

Some of the grants contain little to no information, making it impossible to say for certain what’s happening. They could be legitimate, or they could just be slush funds. This list only contains money handed over by Ottawa, not any Provincial or local efforts.

African Development Bank Group Mar. 31, 2021 $132,900,000
Agence Française de Développement Mar. 18, 2020 $10,000,000
Alliance agricole international UPA-DI, CECI Mar. 19, 2021 $16,589,517
Asian Development Bank Mar. 23, 2017 $10,000,000
Canadian Co-operative Association Apr. 1, 2019 $14,800,000
Canadian Coop Society for Int’l Development Sep. 25, 2018 $19,177,873
Canadian Coop Society for Int’l Development Mar. 10, 2020 $17,502,828
Canadian Coop Society for Int’l Development Mar. 19, 2020 $8,030,063
Canadian Coop Society for Int’l Development Mar. 1, 2021 $9,829,509
Canadian Foundation For Development Tech Aug. 27, 2018 $399,141,615
Canadian Foundation For Development Tech Apr. 1, 2021 $747,762,060
Canadian Inst. for Clean Growth, Climate Change May 14, 2019 $20,000,000
CARE Canada May 8, 2013 $12,000,000
Caribbean Development Bank Mar. 27, 2012 $20,000,000
Centre for International Studies, Cooperation Mar. 27, 2019 $13,000,000
Centre for International Studies, Cooperation Mar. 29, 2019 $17,993,407
City of Richmond Mar. 4, 2020 $13,780,000
City of Saint John Mar. 11, 2020 $11,916,074
Cuso International Apr. 15, 2020 $49,985,745
Federation of Canadian Municipalities Jan. 31, 2017 $75,000,000
Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Fund Mar. 19, 2018 $62,500,000
Government of Northwest Territories Sep. 13, 2019 $30,000,000
Government of Nova Scotia Jul. 22, 2019 $90,000,000
Government of Nova Scotia May 25, 2020 $24,997,500
Government of Yukon Sep. 20, 2019 $118,212,428
Green Climate Fund Mar. 25, 2020 $190,000,000
IBRD Trust Funds – World Bank Mar. 24, 2016 $30,000,000
IBRD Trust Funds – World Bank Jan. 12, 2018 $165,000,000
IBRD Trust Funds – World Bank May 14, 2018 $20,000,000
IBRD Trust Funds – World Bank Sep. 16, 2019 $20,000,000
IBRD Trust Funds – World Bank Feb. 26, 2020 $16,500,000
IBRD Trust Funds – World Bank May 29, 2020 $28,000,000
IBRD Trust Funds – World Bank May 29, 2020 $410,000,000
IBRD Trust Funds – World Bank Mar. 31, 2021 $35,000,000
IDB – Inter-American Development Bank Mar. 28, 2018 $16,000,000
IDB – Inter-American Development Bank Mar. 19, 2019 $223,500,000
IDB – Inter-American Development Bank Mar. 31, 2021 $190,000,000
IDRC – International Development Research Centre Mar. 24, 2017 $19,600,000
IFAD – International Fund for Agricultural Development Dec. 19, 2019 $150,000,000
IFAD – International Fund for Agricultural Development Mar. 31, 2021 $190,000,000
Oxfam-Quebec Sep. 5, 2019 $13,000,000
Papyrus S.A. (Haiti) Mar. 15, 2019 $13,000,000
Seedchange May 26, 2015 $17,599,059
St. Francis Xavier University Dec. 18, 2019 $9,797,119
Sustainable Development Technologies Canada Dec. 10, 2014 $23,293,000
United Nations Development Programme Mar. 8, 2018 $10,150,000
United Nations Environment Programme Oct. 16, 2013 $15,500,000
United Nations University Jun. 22, 2020 $10,000,000
UPA Développement international Apr. 7, 2020 $12,015,755
World Food Programme Jan. 27, 2020 $20,000,000
WUSC – World University Service of Canada Jan. 5, 2021 $19,487,814

Keep in mind, this is nowhere near the full list of such payments, but does include many of the larger grants. Now, where is any of this going? While some are spent locally, many are handed out to foreign groups. Let’s look at a few of them.

The Green Climate Fund is essentially a large slush fund that countries pay into, so that the money can be doled out to various climate programs, with little to no accountability. Of course, no one ever voted on allowing unelected bureaucrats to do this, but whatever.

4.3 Catalysing private sector finance at scale
21. Contributing to making financial flows managed by the private sector consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate resilient development is key to realizing the scale of resources – in the trillions – needed to implement developing countries’ NDCs, ACs, NAPs, TNAs, TPs , and other climate strategies. The GCF’s 2020-2023 programming will aim to more systematically and fully realize the potential of the GCF to mobilize resources at scale, and support activities to increase the impact of investments, while encouraging a wider alignment of financial flows with countries’ climate plans and strategies.

According to their updated 2020 to 2023 plan, the Green Climate Fund projects that trillions of dollars (with a “T”) will be needed for developing countries to implement their various goals.

The African Development Bank Group is set up to hand out grants to companies that are working to achieve the UNSDA, or the Agenda 2030 goals. This acts as a middleman to write the cheques. Interestingly, in its FAQ section, there isn’t a question about ensuring the accountability of the funds.

The Asian Development Bank, hands out money to finance a variety of projects, with climate change being one of them. It’s interesting, given how nations like China, Japan and South Korea are actually more wealthy than Canada.

The Inter-American Development Bank works in much the same ways as others, acting as a middleman to hand out money for various projects related to the UN Sustainable Development Agenda. This primarily takes effect in South America.

Keep in mind, there is virtually no way to track the money once it’s left the country. This means there is really no way to ensure it goes where it’s supposed to. An astute person will realize how absurd it is for Canada to be borrowing money only to be sending it off overseas, at least the portions sent abroad. We will be charged endless interest for funds that will never benefit Canadians. An even more observant person will take note that the international banking system means private borrowing, and no way to pay it off.

But hey, as long as Canada appears virtuous in the eyes of outsiders, then what else matters?

(5) Updated Strategic Plan Green Climate Fund 2020-2023

Vaccine Choice Canada, Action4Canada Want More Money For Cases (Still) Not Happening

On July 21, 2021, we had our latest round of panhandling from Tanya Gaw (Action4Canada) and Ted Kuntz (Vaccine Choice Canada). They are asking for money for what they claim are lawsuits to challenge various Governments in Canada.

What people choose to do, and choose to file in their private lives is their business. That being said, when it involves constantly asking the public for money, it’s fair game to report on what’s actually happening. If those donations aren’t be used as advertised, then it’s even more important.

This is an almost identical script from a year ago. Action4Canada needs money to start a suit, and Vaccine Choice Canada needs more to keep theirs going. In a way, not much has changed. Thankfully, it seems that far fewer people are buying into it at this point.

Of course, it doesn’t help that misinformation videos like this surface, telling of non-existent court rulings. Whether intentionally, or by cluelessness, some with large audiences spread false stories of secret court decisions fixing everything. This doesn’t help either. It takes advantage of widespread ignorance.

Keep in mind, that places like Ontario allow members of the public to search for cases online. All one needs are the parties and/or case number. One can see who has lawyers, and when they are next expected in court. If people are unrepresented, that information is also available. Similarly, the Supreme Court Of Canada publishes its rulings, as does the Federal Court, and CanLII is also a great source. Also, individual courts can be contacted for information or documents.

In their December 2020 update, Vaccine Choice Canada lamented how no mainstream media had seen fit to cover such an important event. However, they didn’t mention (and still don’t mention), that THIS SITE was threatened by them for exposing the grifting going on.

This is the infamous case (CV-20-00643451-0000) filed July 6, 2020. Forget trial, this may very well get dismissed for lack of prosecution the way it’s going. Seriously, is no one asking what’s going on?

Gaw says that a statement of claim is in the works in B.C. Apparently, it going to be 425 pages, or more. This would easily double the 190 pages Vaccine Choice Canada submitted. These aren’t supposed to encompass everything under the sun. While such a document may look impressive, it will grind down the proceedings (if they ever happen) considerably.

Yes, there was a temporary moratorium on filing deadlines in Ontario, and that ended September 14, 2020. That was nearly a year ago. Interestingly, the length of time that elapsed since that happened is never made clear.

Kuntz also claims that no statement of defense has been filed in that year. While true, it raises the obvious question: why was no application for default judgement ever sought? Or for that matter, why was no effort to force the case forward ever sought? Orlewicz never asks the question either. If a Defendant plays games or won’t answer a lawsuit, this is serious what litigants do.

By the way, this case is nearly 2 years old, (CV-19-00629801-0000), and hasn’t gotten past the pleadings stage. Children are being vaccinated right now. Keep in mind, the organization asks for money under the guise of pursuing such claims diligently.

Throughout the talk it’s stated that there is a grand plan, and Galati knows what he’s doing. Sure, nothing is happening currently in the public, but trust the plan. Not that it gives off Q-Anon vibes or anything. Also, Operation Trust from the 1920s is worth looking into.

Gaw makes the nonsensical statement that she doesn’t want to show her cards at the moment. Okay. So she and Kuntz are streaming on YouTube with Orlewicz and asking for money for their lawsuits, but they don’t want to reveal their moves to the Government. They don’t want their strategy being known by their enemies. They seem unaware that YouTube is a public platform, that any person can access at anytime.

These people say (or at least imply) that the emergency orders in B.C. and Ontario were allowed to lapse because of the cases Galati has in those Provinces. Funny, since there is NO CASE in B.C., just the promise to start one at some point. As for Ontario, Ford’s people take the matter so seriously that no defenses were ever filed. And again, no effort to force a default judgement.

Both Gaw and Kuntz state that there are many thousands of pages of evidence, including affidavits that run to the thousands of pages individually. Great way to not show your cards. Anyhow, no Judge is ever going to read something of that length. Even if such documents were submitted (which seems unlikely), the Defendants could immediately ask for a delay of several months.

As for the Gill lawsuit that’s referenced, that is a defamation case over things said on Twitter, (CV-20-00652918-0000). It will have no impact whatsoever on Government imposed lockdown measures. Sure, it looks and sounds great, but is a diversion from bigger issues.

Kuntz boasts about how the various Governments have no reply to the July 2020 lawsuit. But he would probably be utterly speechless if someone asked him why he never followed up. It’s not like it’s just a few days late.

Do any of the Plaintiffs in the July 6 case find it strange that in a year, there have been no updates? There was a Notice of Intent to file a Defense on September 30, 2020 from Windsor-Essex County and their Doctor, Wajid Ahmed, but nothing since then. Not only that, only the County and Ahmed have anyone listed as representing them. The establishment fears Galati so much, they can’t be bothered to even lawyer up. Why is that?

One obvious explanation for the lack of progress would be a question about the legitimacy of the service. Only a handful of service addresses are listed in the July 6, 2020 case. True, a number of them can go together, such as the Ontario Attorney General and Her Majesty in Right of Ontario. However, all addresses must still be provided.

Here are just a few examples. None of the Federal Government, Ontario Government, City of Toronto, or either Attorney General of Canada or Ontario bothered to file a response. They also never obtained counsel or filed a notice of appearance. This isn’t a joke. They know Galati isn’t serious, so they don’t even go through the motions of playing along.

Moreover, the CBC implies they weren’t served at all. In their August 2020 article, they claim to have “obtained an unredacted copy”. That’s not service (if true). That’s someone calling up the court to order a copy. CBC alleges that Galati spoke to the CBC but didn’t agree to an on the record interview. Further attempts to secure a public interview weren’t successful. In some sense this might be forced. Pretty hard to claim censorship when the national broadcaster is offering a platform. One can only guess what CBC would have asked, but it would be interesting.

They also claim that Vaccine Choice Canada threatened to sue them over how they cover various movements. That accusation is surprisingly believable.

Perhaps if a convicted terrorist was about to lose their citizenship, this may be seen as more of an emergency.

A minor point, but page 4 of the July 2020 Claim lists Trudeau and the Federal Crown as “dispensing with Parliament, under the pretense of Royal Prerogative”. Isn’t that the Governor General who exercises Royal Prerogative?

In the end, what do we have here? A group in B.C. promises — STILL — to file a lawsuit at some point. They just need more cash, and have been at this for nearly a year. In Ontario, there are 2 lawsuits (1 is specific to vaccinating students), and neither are progressing. Doesn’t seem very urgent. However, the begging continues.

Again, if this was their private business, then who cares? But they are endlessly asking the public for money, for the promises of lawsuits.

Guess we’ll have to see if this one goes anywhere (CV-21-00661284-0000). At least most of the Respondents have representation listed, so there’s that. It was filed April 2021, over 3 months ago, and no court dates are set. Or this one (CV-21-00661200-000). Denis Rancourt is listed as an expert witness in both, which is interesting considering he’s also a Plaintiff in the July 2020 case that’s sitting in limbo. Is that why his name was scrubbed? So people wouldn’t connect the dots?

If someone makes wild claims about secret court rulings ending all measures, but can’t provide any specifics, it’s probably a hoax. These things are very easy to search. In a similar vein, if someone wants help financing a case, but never provides updates, there’s probably something going on.

To those reading this: it’s your money, and you can spend it however you like. That said, you should know where it’s going and what is happening with it. It’s truly sad how few do even the most basic research. But then, suckers are born every minute.


Bit Of History: University Of Toronto, Public Health, Funded With Rockefeller Money

[Reprinted without permission]

The Rockefeller Foundation’s contributions to the University of Toronto have been an important part of its global philanthropic agenda in support of health, food, employment, cities, energy and innovation over the past century.

Established in 1913, the Rockefeller Foundation has disbursed more than US$17 billion in today’s dollars. Among its achievements, the foundation played a role in the founding of the field of public health, developed vaccines for diseases such as yellow fever and malaria, and led a global transformation of agriculture that has saved millions of lives.

Created by American industrialist John D. Rockefeller, the foundation is also a major supporter of educational institutions. It established the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and schools of public health at both Harvard and Johns Hopkins Universities. It became a major benefactor of the University of Toronto following the discovery of insulin in 1921 by Frederick Banting and Charles Best.

The following year, the foundation donated several million dollars to U of T for a chair of surgery and to fund construction of anatomy and pathology labs. The foundation also helped establish the School of Hygiene, which housed the Departments of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine, Public Health Nursing, Epidemiology and Biometrics, and Physical Hygiene, as well as a Division of Industrial Hygiene. It incorporated the existing Connaught Laboratories, then a global leader in the development and manufacture of vaccines.

In 1933, further contributions helped create the School of Nursing, transforming the program at U of T from a diploma course for existing nurses into a fully-fledged bachelor’s degree program in a new departmental building at Queen’s Park Crescent. Other Rockefeller gifts helped found programs in Chinese Studies in 1934, and the Department of Slavic Studies in 1949.

The foundation’s leadership in global philanthropy for more than a century has had a tremendous impact. Its support for education and research at U of T has played a major role in building our impressive global legacy.

Certainly not the only major donor. However, no one else has given anywhere close to $17 billion places like the University of Toronto (adjusted for inflation). Check out other major names. Correction: an earlier interpretation of the announcement thought it was $17B exclusively to this school.

Kind of makes one wonder who financed the various outlets at the school, such as the Centre for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, the WHO Collaboration Centre.

One notable set of donors are William (Bill) Graham and Catherin Graham. Bill is a former Defense Minister of Canada, former Foreign Affairs Minister, and former Interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. In total, they have contributed from $10.4 million.

This is quite the rabbit hole, but a few points to consider:

While this may be coincidental, the U.S. Federal Reserve came into existence in 1913. This led to the latest iteration of debt based currency, and debt slavery in that country.

The Rockefeller Foundation recently announced a $13.5 million grant, mostly for the U.S., to be spent on combatting misinformation.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is listed as being founded by Rockefeller. From their own website: “The Rockefeller Foundation invented an international health system virtually overnight in 1914, simultaneously launching a pilot project throughout Central America and the British Caribbean to treat hookworm disease and lay the foundations of permanent departments of health under the auspices of its International Health Board.”

The LSHTM, much like Imperial College London, and the Vaccine Impact Modelling Consortium, receive heavy financing from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • European Commission
  • European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)
  • Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Merck
  • University College London
  • Johnson & Johnson

The Vaccine Confidence Project, headed by Heidi Larson, is run by the LSHTM. Unsurprisingly, pharma companies are the biggest donors. After all, VCP is generating newer and larger markets for their products.

Johns Hopkins University has been running pandemic “scenarios” for many years. Makes one wonder how much of any of this is actually real.

In 2016, the ID2020 group was started. Among its initial partners are the Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft, and GAVI, the Global Vaccine Alliance.

Rockefeller founded (along with others), the Climate Bonds Initiative. And this is hardly the only organization. Those carbon taxes people hate paying are going to make a limited number of people very rich.

And as mentioned before, UofT is structured as a charity.

Some interesting bits of information that most people probably never think about.

(3) Wayback Machine

RNAO: Receives Public Money As It Promotes Lockdowns, Masks, Mandatory Vaccinations, Hard Drugs

The RNAO, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, gets a lot of money to run its organization. However, it seems that the policies it promotes do anything but promote public health. What are some of the things it calls for?

To begin with, RNAO opposed in February any loosening of the medical martial law imposed by Doug Ford.

From the records of the Ontario Lobbying Registry, it shows that the RNAO has been receiving millions from the Government, which really means millions from taxpayers.

“The measures announced by the government are welcome, and we are glad our voices were heard,” says RNAO CEO Dr. Doris Grinspun referring to the Action Alert issued by the association immediately preceding Tuesday’s cabinet meeting. In that call, RNAO asked for:
-a lockdown of all non-essential services
-the need to vaccinate all essential service workers
-10 paid sick days for all workers
-re-instituting a moratorium on all residential and encampment evictions
restricting travel within Ontario and between Ontario and other provinces and countries to only essential travel

April 2021, the RNAO publicly called for lockdowns in the Province. This included shutting down everything deemed “non-eseential”. Furthermore, this group demanded restrictions on travel be imposed both within Ontario, and between Provinces, and to vaccinate every so-called essential worker.

It should be shocking that an organization that claims to support public health calls for such measures that would inflict mental and financial harm. There’s no indication they even attempted to gauge support levels before making these demands.

Beyond that, the RNAO seems to take no issue with calling for constitutional rights to be suspended on the extremely thin premise of preventing a disease. However, its members seem to spineless to call it out.

Make no mistake: there is widespread support for drug decriminalization in Toronto, with 50 civil society organizations and five former mayors signing a recent call in this regard. Health professionals who find themselves on the front lines are being vocal about the need for change; the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario recently said that “decriminalizing personal possession of drugs must be part and parcel of any harm-reduction strategy because it decreases stigma and opens the door to hope, help and health.” Support also comes from people who use drugs, families of loved ones who have overdosed, and 60 per cent of Ontarians who were polled by the Angus Reid Institute in February 2021.

In a June 2021 piece in the Toronto Star, the RNAO was quoted as calling for the full decriminalization of all personal amounts of any narcotics. The RNAO also advocates for “safe injection” sites. In other words, they don’t object to the use of hard drugs. They just want to be involved in it.

Here are some other notices on the RNAO website:

July 2018, the RNAO urged Ford’s PC Government to reinstate the 2015 sex-ed curriculum. Never mind that Ben Levin, a convicted pedophile, had been largely responsible for writing it. How interesting that this is one of their first priorities.

August 2018, the RNAO advocated for more funding for supervised drug injection sites. The rationale was that instead of getting people treatment, paying for narcotics and medical staff to do it “safely” saved lives. They were happy when it was announced that the “conservatives” were supportive of it.

February 2019, the RNAO claims that Ontario’s hospitals are overwhelmed, and that there is understaffing to properly provide care. Interestingly, this point will soon be forgotten in 2020, and overcrowding will be due to the so-called pandemic.

April 2020, the RNAO called for continued funding for the opioid crisis. They want to keep the money coming in for the treatments they provide. Keep in mind, the RNAO supports “safe injection sites” as an alternative to treatment.

July 2020, the RNAO started their #Maskathon campaign, to get everyone in Ontario, even young children, wearing masks. Strangely, they don’t bother to address the physical and psychological effects these will have on people.

October 2020, the RNAO called for lockdowns in the Province. This included banning dining in restaurants, and shutting down bars, gyms and places of worships. In February 2021, they were critical of plans to cut back on this. April 2021, they called for a full lockdown of “non essential” services because of this variants nonsense.

May 2021, the RNAO openly demanded that all health care workers receive these “vaccinations”. Never mind that they weren’t approved by Health Canada, had no long term testing, and the manufacturers were indemnified.

RNAO celebrated its “best in health care journalism” by naming several establishment reporters.

A serious question to all Ontario residents: does it look like this organization has your best interests at heart? They claim to, and they take enough of your money.


Bit Of History: In 2014 Doug Ford Used Toronto City Councillor Role To Help Clients Of Deco Labels

Being in politics is tricky when one also has certain business interests. And the Ford Family owns an outfit called Deco Labels, which mass produces a variety of stickers and packaging.

Doug Ford, while a City Councillor in Toronto, illegally put the interests of 2 of his clients: (a) Apollo Health & Beauty Care; and Moore Canada, Inc., d.b.a. R.R. Donnelley and Sons, over his professional obligations. That is what Valerie Jepson, the Integrity Commissioner of the time, concluded.

Rebel News did an interesting video back in March about Doug Ford, Deco, and potential conflicts of interest, but the problem is much older than this.

Years back, Ford compromised his position on Toronto City Council to aid his business interests with Deco. Now, there are legitimate questions as to whether he’s compromising his position as Ontario Premier.

Deco Labels was founded in 1962 by Doug Ford Sr.

The complaint against Doug Ford was filed in 2014. By the time the investigation concluded, he was no longer on the City Council. Here is the short version of it.

Between May and July 2014, three members of the public filed complaints alleging that then Councillor Doug Ford contravened various provisions of the Code of Conduct for Members of Council (the “Code of Conduct” or the “Code”). All of the complaints raised concerns about the now former Councillor’s activities with City officials in relation to two companies: Apollo Health and Beauty Care, Inc. (“Apollo”), and Moore Canada, Inc., d.b.a. R.R. Donnelley and Sons (“Donnelley”). Both companies are clients of the Councillor’s family’s printing company, Deco Labels and Tags Ltd., Deco Adhesive Products (1985) Ltd., and/or Doug Ford Holdings Inc. (“Deco”).

The issues in the complaints related to the same set of circumstances and were therefore investigated jointly and are reported in a single report.

The complaints alleged that Councillor Ford contravened Article VIII (Use of Improper Influence) of the Code of Conduct. One of the three complaints alleged that Councillor Ford contravened Article V (Confidential Information), Article XI (Business Relations) and Article XIII (Conduct Respecting Lobbyists). All articles of the Code of Conduct were considered in the investigation.

After an investigation, the Integrity Commissioner concluded that former Councillor Doug Ford contravened Article VIII (Use of Improper Influence) when he arranged meetings and made inquiries with City staff on behalf of Apollo and Donnelley, clients of Deco. The Commissioner also concluded that Councillor Doug Ford contravened Article IV (Gifts and Benefits) of the Code of Conduct for accepting a gift from Apollo.

Councillor Doug Ford is no longer a member of City Council. Therefore, the Commissioner makes no recommendation as to penalty or remedial action.

The full report is available, and it lays out the story in even greater detail.

It’s interesting that the Toronto media was willing to cover Ford’s actions back then, but now he seems to get a pass. Perhaps the media subsidies played a role.

As a bit of an aside, it seems that Ford didn’t always respect Medical Officers of Health as “experts”. Janet Leiper, the Integrity Commissioner in 2012, recommended a reprimand for Ford’s comments. He publicly asked why an MOH still had a job for opinions held over an exercise promotion initiative. However, Ford said “sorry”, and that was enough. And the MOH Ford insulted? David McKeown now is part of the Ontario Science Table.

Things aren’t always what they seem.

(3) Doug Ford Dec 2016 Deco Background File-99041
(5) Doug Ford Dec 2016 Deco Report File-99042

CPC Vice President, Valerie Assouline, Also A City Councillor in Dollard-des-Ormeaux (Island of Montreal)

Does anyone see it as a conflict of interest when a city councillor (regardless of which city) takes a prominent position with a national party? Who does this person represent? How would any potential dual loyalty be resolved?

Valerie Assouline is a lawyer, businesswoman, and mother of four. A dedicated volunteer in her community, she has been recently elected as City councillor in Dollard-des-Ormeaux (Island of Montreal), and as member of the Board of the Montreal Bar. Her political experience also includes being a candidate in both provincial (2014) and federal (2015) elections, as well as winning her campaign to be elected on the Conservative Party of Canada’s National Council (VP – Quebec).

Following her Bachelor’s degree in science (sociology), she graduated with a law degree from Université de Montréal, and she has been a member of the Quebec Bar Association since 1998. While studying for her Bar Exam, she had also founded a dynamic direct marketing company that employed around thirty people coast- to-coast. After a run across Canada to develop her company, she decided to focus entirely on her legal career and founded her own Montreal-based firm, SOS-LAWYERS. Her firm specializes in family law, divorce, youth protection, and civil law. In 2014, she joined the ranks of the Conservative Party of Canada, and represented them as a candidate in the Pierrefonds-Dollard riding during the 2015 General Elections. Her grassroots, on-the-ground campaign, helped by her popular Conservative-themed camping trailer, was much talked-about during and since the elections across the province of Quebec, allowing her to be elected as National Councillor to represent CPC members.

Will such a person use their position within the national party to secure more money and influence for their city? Would that person zealously stand up for the interests of the city district? What happens when these promises collide?

And it isn’t just her. The CPC National Secretary, Amber Ruddy, is a current pharma lobbyist. Robert Batherson, the CPC President, started up his own lobbying firm. CPC Leader, Erin O’Toole, is a former Facebook lobbyist. Thornhill Candidate, Melissa Lantsman, is a former pharma lobbyist.