Facing calls of wider transparency in government, the Trudeau cabinet preemptively released records related to Trudeau's speaking fees on Monday.
The records reveal that Trudeau collected $1,341,500 in speaking fees between 2006 and 2012. While Trudeau was initially collecting a few thousand dollars per speaking engagement early on, his election in 2008 as the MP for Papineau caused his payout to increase significantly, averaging $20,000 per an appearance.
The payments were made via Trudeau's talent agency, Speakers' Spotlight of Toronto.
Companies and organization Trudeau collected fees from include Rogers Media, Mastercard Canada, CIBC Wood Gundy, Sony Computer Entertainment Canada and the Toronto Eaton Centre.
Trudeau received 125 separate payments overall.
The revelation comes as the House Ethics Committee debates a motion to force Speakers' Spotlight of Toronto to disclose all corporate sponsorships Trudeau received. The motion is currently being filibustered by the Liberals.
The Trudeau government is also facing calls from Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole to establish an anti-corruption committee to investigate payments to Trudeau, his family, and members and key supporters of the Liberal Party. The Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez called the motion “blatantly partisan proposal” designed to "paralyze the government."
“The proposal, were it to pass, would raise serious questions about whether the House of Commons continues to have confidence in this government,” Rodriguez continued, alluding to the widely-reported possibility of a looming snap election.
While the Conservative Party and the Bloc Quebecois have announced their intentions to support the creating of such a committee, the NDP has not yet decided whether it will do so.
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