Jul 13 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — National Post — ‘The governor general could have bought a brand new BMW, drove it around the island and then left it outside the airport with the keys inside and still saved money’ The Governor General’s four-day visit to Iceland last fall racked up over $71,000 in limousine costs, according to receipts from the trip.
Jun 19 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — National Post — Canada’s national police force said late Monday that no investigation was launched into political interference allegations during the SNC-Lavalin affair, despite indications provided to a Canadian democracy watchdog that an investigation was underway.
Jun 4 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — National Post — Current Liberal House Leader Mark Holland has spent nearly his entire career in politics except for one four-year gap after losing a close race in the 2011 federal election. That loss was so crushing he attempted to take his own life. “I volunteered and lived in my community my entire life,” Holland told the National […]
May 24 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — National Post — The lawyer used by David Johnston to assist in his review whether to hold a public inquiry addressing the Liberal government’s response to Chinese interference allegation is being accused of having a conflict due to her history of donating to the federal Liberal party.
May 3 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — National Post — Kevin Vuong was a rising Liberal candidate in the last election with an anti-communist history. How it quickly came to an end. During the 2021 federal election in the downtown Toronto riding of Spadina-Fort York, the young, progressive, ethnically-Chinese candidate seemed a shoo-in for the Liberals.
Apr 19 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — National Post — As the first day dawned on Canada’s national public workers strike, the Liberals could find themselves relying on a rare show of solidarity with the Conservatives should the government decide to end the work action in the House of Commons instead of at the bargaining table.
Apr 18 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — National Post — Ivy League courses, executive training, and certifications from new-age self-help gurus are among the post-political life transition expenses claimed by former members of Parliament. Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation show that 12 former MPs billed the federal government’s transition support program $90,303.89. The program makes $15,000 available to former MPs, meant to assist […]
Apr 5 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — National Post — Size and safety concerns weighed into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision not to move his family into 24 Sussex Drive, he said on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters at an auto plant north of Toronto, Trudeau commented on reports unearthed earlier this week by the National Post describing the myriad of safety hazards that prompted the […]
Mar 26 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — National Post — Last year’s brief Royal visit by the Charles and Camilla, then the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, cost taxpayers $2 million dollars, newly released documents reveal. Listed in cost breakdowns that accompanied responses to order-paper questions submitted by Bloc Québécois MP Julie Vignola, expenses for the then Prince of Wales and Duchess of […]
Mar 24 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — National Post — Governor General Mary Simon’s first overseas trip as vice-regal to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair and meet with German leaders cost taxpayers over $700,000 in travel expenses for the four-day visit — including over $100,000 in in-flight catering costs for the transatlantic flight, documents reveal.
Mar 21 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — National Post — The prime minister of Canada’s jet flew empty from Toronto to Waterloo on Friday to bypass the hour’s drive to catch his flight home. This was one of the highlights of the previous 30 days of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s travel — spanning 16,000 kilometres across 17 travel days. Of those 17 flights, 10 lasted […]
Feb 13 2023 — Bryan Passifiume — National Post — Federal government staff were prepared for reporters to find out about the exorbitant hotel bill, including a more than $6,000-a-night suite, that politicians and government staff incurred while in London for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Internal documents show Global Affairs Canada (GAC) staff discussing weeks after the funeral how to avoid the embarrassment […]