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FUNDRAISER CONTROVERSY: OPPOSITION SLAMS TRUDEAU FOR FUNDRAISING DINNERS 

Ottawa – As opposition slammed the Liberal government on its fundraising effor ts with both the Conservatives and NDP asking the federal ethics commissioner Mary Dawson to investigate fundraising events, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau clarified saying he will listen to anyone who wishes to talk about an issue but decisions are not made on those basis. He said: “The fact is, my approach continues to be to listen broadly through every possible opportunity I get and make the right decisions based on what’s best for Canada. I can say that in various Liberal Par ty events, I listen to people as I will in any given situation, but the decisions I make in government are ones based on what is right for
Canadians, not on what an individual at a fundraiser might say. This is a government that is extraordinarily open to multiple perspectives, as we always have. At no point does attending a fundraiser give par ticular or special access on policy to anyone.” A spokesman at PMO insisted that government business is never discussed at par ty fundraisers. Press secretary Cameron Ahmad said: “The letter from the party serves as guidance to ministers, and states that policy discussions should not be held at these events. There is an impor tant difference between listening to someone and engaging in a detailed policy discussion.” Meanwhile, Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose has condemned the whole process calling it an “ethical mess. She said: “Not only is he 100 per cent comfor table, he brags about all the government business he discusses at thesefundraisers. How can the prime minister be so blind on ethics?” On the other hand NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice called the Liberal move to break the
par ty’s own rules “cash-for-access corruption.”

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