Article by The Toronto Star
Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose is asking the federal lobbying and ethics watchdogs to take another look at so-called cash-for-access fundraisers featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, some of his senior ministers and parliamentary secretaries.
In a letter to ethics commissioner Mary Dawson and lobbying commissioner Karen Shepherd, Ambrose says Trudeau has admitted using at least one of the fundraisers to drum up foreign investment in Canada.
And she says some of those who have attended several of the fundraisers have openly acknowledged using the events to lobby Trudeau or other senior Liberals on issues in which they have a financial stake.
Ambrose alleges the events show the Liberals have failed to keep a clear separation between their roles as government ministers and political fundraisers.
An event last April featuring parliamentary secretary Bill Blair, the government’s point man on legalization of marijuana. The fundraiser was attended by members of the Cannabis Friendly Business Association, two of whom have said they paid to attend in order to lobby Blair face to face.