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theBreaker.news Podcast is your source for news, opinion and analysis about British Columbia issues, institutions and influencers. Join host Bob Mackin for this weekly podcast from the West Coast of Canada and read theBreaker.news.

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theBreaker.news Podcast is your source for news, opinion and analysis about British Columbia issues, institutions and influencers. Join host Bob Mackin for this weekly podcast from the West Coast of Canada and read theBreaker.news.

    theBreaker.news Podcast: A summertime grilling for the Kielburgers and Trudeau

    theBreaker.news Podcast: A summertime grilling for the Kielburgers and Trudeau

    For the week of Aug. 2, 2020.

    Craig and Marc Kielburger and Justin Trudeau are used to standing on stages for thousands of adoring fans.

    Last week, they had a decidedly different audience: the House of Commons finance committee hearings investigating the WE scandal.

    On this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast, listen to highlights of their testimony, as opposition Members of Parliament put them on the hot seat. 

    Plus Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines and commentaries on British Columbia Day.

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    theBreaker.news Podcast: Morneau on the hot seat over WE scandal

    theBreaker.news Podcast: Morneau on the hot seat over WE scandal

    The spotlight shifted to Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau for his role in the unfolding WE Charity scandal.

    Morneau repaid more than $41,000 for free trips he had taken, digging a deeper hole in the early days of the conflict of interest investigation. He was the featured speaker during a House of Commons finance committee hearing on July 22.

    Also appearing were Canadaland publisher Jesse Brown and researcher Vivian Krause.

    Brown has led the way in revealing what goes on inside the controversial Liberal-friendly charity business that paid the Prime Minister’s mother and brother to speak and then received a $912 million no-bid contract for a student jobs program. The contract has since been cancelled, but not before igniting the scandal.

    Krause has taken a magnifying glass to WE’s U.S. tax filings and wonders whether WE provided data about its followers to its sponsors, funders and political friends.

    Listen to Morneau, Brown and Krause on this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast. 

    Plus Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines and commentary.

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    theBreaker.news Podcast: Why the Trudeau family’s WE scandal is not a wee scandal

    theBreaker.news Podcast: Why the Trudeau family’s WE scandal is not a wee scandal

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is en route to a third conflict of interest strike. But will he be called out?

    Last week, Canadians learned that Trudeau’s mother and brother were paid handsomely to speak at WE Day concerts and that the WE Charity appeared to have the inside track for the $912 million student jobs contract. The charity stood to gain more than $43 million, double (and then some) the original profit.

    The sole-sourced contract was cancelled when it got too politically hot to handle. The PM apologized for not recusing himself from the cabinet meeting where this deal was decided, but why should Canadians accept his remorse after he set a higher standard for his caucus when he came to power in 2015.

    On this edition of theBreaker.news Podcast, listen to highlights of the scandal and Bob Mackin’s interview with Duff Conacher, the co-founder of Democracy Watch.

    Plus, did Rick Hansen, the wheelchair athlete and namesake of the Rick Hansen Foundation, get paid for his multiple appearances on the WE Day stage?

    Plus Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines and commentary.

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In 1897, the owner of The New York Times, declared his dedication to reporting news impartially by using the slogan, "All the News That's Fit to Print."

I can't state whether or not Adolph Ochs was totally sincere, but I do know that newspaper publishers of today have no such commitment. If honest, hey would now say "All the news that's fit to print, as long as it doesn't harm our commercial interests, or those of our friends."

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