Trudeau WE Scandal Gains Momentum – View From the Hill by Keith Beardsley

JULY 11, 2020 – The WE scandal continues to gain momentum with each passing day.

What first looked like a case of bad judgement has turned into claims of cronyism, ethics violations, an ethics investigation and now demands for a criminal investigation.

The bigger issue is that Trudeau just shrugs this off as something he is entitled to do because after all he is a Trudeau. I have even seen articles where variations of that excuse are offered up to defend his complete lack of ethics.

Back in 2015, I was writing that eventually Trudeau’s arrogance will catch up to him and to his party as well. Over decades of doing political research and tracking that party and its misdeeds, this type of behavior always surfaces. The Liberal Party and their present leader really do believe that they are “Entitled to Their Entitlements” a slogan that came from a comment of David Dingwall in 2005 and used very successfully by the Conservatives in the 2006 election.

We are also seeing what appear to be leaks of serious information about WE, such as the monies paid out by the charity to Trudeau’s mother and brother and also linking the Finance Minister and his family to the charity. Someone has an axe to grind and it is adding to the mess created by this scandal. This type of drip…drip…drip leaking is very hard for PMO to contain and defend against.

Trudeau will survive for now because the Conservatives have said they will not attempt to bring down the government- thankfully, they are smart enough to know they do not want to campaign under Scheer again. I also hope they are smart enough to save some of the best things they find out to use later.

These scandals have a habit of resurfacing at election time and they make for wonderful political attack ads. In an election, we called these “channel changers”. We could unload these stinkers at anytime, but they were especially useful to divert the press if the Liberals were doing well

Just wait, there will be more to come in the days ahead.


Keith is a former Conservative political staffer with over 50 years of active involvement in Canadian politics. During that time, he has held quite a few party positions as well as political staff positions. Most recently, Keith was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Issues Management with Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper (2003-2008). Prior to that he worked as an advisor in the Leader’s Office for Peter Mackay, Joe Clark and Jean Charest. Keith also served as the Chief of Staff to the minister in three Federal departments during Brian Mulroney’s government (1984-89). Additional political experience came as the staff person in charge of Question Period from 1997-2008 where he served in both the Opposition and Government roles. Keith is also known for having created one of the most effective political rapid response teams in Canadian politics. He also has municipal experience and he was a city councilor in a suburb of Montreal. Known for his bluntness and to the point comments, this blog is also known for its fairness and respectful treatment of politicians from all parties. A well-known political pundit, Keith has appeared many times on Canadian political panels and he has been interviewed by major Canadian networks including CTV, CBC, Global. He has also given presentations/speeches in various parts of Canada and the USA.

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