Canadian News Jul 23, 2020 2:17 PM EST

Trudeau Liberal MP attacked journalists for testifying in Finance Committee

A Trudeau Liberal MP attacked two journalists yesterday in the House of Commons' Finance Committee.

Trudeau Liberal MP attacked journalists for testifying in Finance Committee
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A Trudeau Liberal MP attacked two journalists yesterday in the House of Commons' Finance Committee.

Canadaland founder Jesse Brown and researcher Vivian Krause were both attacked by Liberal MP Chris Bittle who asked "highly partisan questions" in an attempt to alleviate the strain on his boss, Justin Trudeau.

Bittle also claimed that the two journalists—who have extensively researched the WE organization—had no reason to appear before the finance committee. He later claimed that all journalists (no matter what they do, or which organization they represent) had no reason to appear before the committee.

Needless to say, there is a rich precedent of journalists appearing before finance committees.

Prolific Toronto Sun columnist Brian Lilley said that Bittle "proved himself to be a first class ass ... Chris is an ass."

"Just to be clear, this is Chris Bittle attacking a member of the media during a committee hearing."

"A Liberal MP attacking a member of the media because they don’t like their reporting on a group close to the Liberals is disturbing," he added.

The Finance Minister Bill Morneau suffered through an embarrassing, skin-shredding Poilievre integration on Wednesday in an attempt to clarify his relationship with the WE organization.

Not only did Morneau's daughter work for WE, but he also had a $40 thousand vacation paid for him by the organization. Morneau only repaid this money to the organization a few days ago.

Despite all this, Morneau failed to recuse himself from the cabinet decision to award the WE organization a $900 million contract—leading him to be accused of an ethics violation.

Justin Trudeau's WE charity scandal has grown increasingly damaging for the government. On Wednesday, it was revealed by Global News that the $900 million contract—marketed as going to the WE Charity—was actually given to the WE Charity Foundation, which had no history of charity work and served as a real estate holding company.

This followed weeks of damaging coverage for the Liberals. This scandal erupted after the prime minister awarded the WE organization a $900 million contract intended to provide students summer work. This immediately attracted attention as it was unclear why the civil service could not perform the task allocated to the charity.

After this, the relationship between the WE organization and the Trudeau government was brought to the public's attention. Trudeau, it turns out, was personal friends with the co-founders. His wife hosted a podcast for the organization; his close family had received money from the charity, and he had appeared at multiple events hosted by the organization.

It didn't stop at Trudeau. The Finance Minister Bill Morneau, for instance, had two children who either worked for the charity or were promoted by it. Katie Telford (who works as Trudeau's chief of staff) created a charity that raised funds on behalf of WE. Minister O'Regan served as that charity's honorary head.

Neither Trudeau, O'Regan, Morneau or Telford recused themselves from the decision to award the charity this contract—leading to an investigation by the Ethics Commissioner. If Trudeau is found guilty, this would be his third violation.

In a polling report released today, both the Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau have suffered as a result of this scandal.

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