2017-12-01 02:40:01 UTC
elites that are hiding their money off shore. Trudeau was shown to be
associating with a similar crowd avoiding taxes with off shore accounts,
showing that our politicians live in a different circle than most
These elites always mention that what they are doing is perfectly legal.
There are approximately 3300 Canadians and companies that have their
money in off shore havens.
The question I have is: Why is it legal?
The answer is that both the Liberals and the Conservatives are funded by
the ultra wealthy and they want their tax havens.
I find it hypocritical that Andrew Scheer is attacking the finance
minister for insider knowledge while saying nothing about the tax
havens. I wonder how many Conservatives hide their money from the tax
New Mulroney Institute is bankrolled by billionaires steeped in scandal
Ex-PM raised part of funds for N.S. university site from businessmen
tied to bribery schemes, tax havens
A new $60-million university institute in Nova Scotia celebrating former
prime minister Brian Mulroney — and being built with money he personally
solicited — got a good chunk of that financing from donors embroiled in
international controversy, a joint investigation by the Toronto Star,
CBC/Radio-Canada and the International Consortium of Investigative
Journalists has found.
From a Jordanian-born metals magnate implicated in aluminum-industry
kickbacks, to a Syrian-British entrepreneur who helped broker a massive
U.K. arms deal mired in corruption allegations, to one of U.S. President
Donald Trump's cabinet picks with ties to Russia, a number of the power
players bankrolling the Mulroney Institute of Government at St. Francis
Xavier University have checkered resumés.
A senior St. FX professor called the revelations "deeply troubling."
"It really is at odds with the purported mission of the university,"
said Peter McInnis, chair of the university's history department and a
former head of the faculty association.
The Mulroney Institute, a venue for undergraduate studies in public
policy, was announced last year to great fanfare in Antigonish, N.S.
The town 160 kilometres northeast of Halifax is dominated by its 5,000-
student university, and St FX president Kent MacDonald called the new
institute "the most transformative project" in the history of the
school. Mulroney, at his alma mater, said it was a "high honour" to be
The project includes a new building, Mulroney Hall, which is to house
classrooms as well as memorabilia from the former prime minister and a
re-creation of his office in Ottawa, where he worked as Progressive
Conservative prime minister from 1984 to 1993.
Mulroney raised most of the $60 million in funding himself, jet-setting
across the world at his own expense to drum up cash from his wealthy
friends and business associates.
"A lot of meetings, a lot of travel across Canada and the United States,
London, Paris, the Middle East. It was a major endeavour," he told
journalists at the groundbreaking ceremony in September.
Now, documents obtained by CBC News and the Star under Nova Scotia
access-to-information legislation show exactly who Mulroney was meeting
with and who was cutting the cheques.
Wafic Said, the Syrian-born British businessman who helped broker a
$74-billion warplanes deal between a U.K. defence company and Saudi
Investigations in the mid-2000s determined that up to $10 billion in
kickbacks may have been paid to Saudi officials. Hundreds of millions of
dollars in secret commissions reportedly flowed through Swiss accounts
linked to Said, though he was never the target of any investigation and
never charged with any offence.
"I am proud of the role I played in helping to secure the Al Yamamah
programme and with it, many tens of thousands of well-paid and highly
skilled jobs," Said said in an email.
Said obtained Canadian citizenship under unclear circumstances in the
1990s and ran much of his fortune out of the tax haven of Bermuda.
Mulroney sat on the board of his Bermuda-based company from 2004 to
He donated $4 million to the Mulroney Institute, and in a speech at St.
FX called Mulroney "one of the greatest and most successful prime
ministers of our time."
Victor Dahdaleh, a Jordanian-born British and Canadian metals magnate
who the Panama Papers confirmed was the middle-man in a decades-long,
$400-million global bribery scheme involving aluminum giant Alcoa and
payments to government officials in Bahrain.
Dahdaleh was criminally charged in Britain but denied wrongdoing and was
acquitted in 2013 when a couple of prosecution witnesses didn't show up
to court. He donated $1.5 million to create the Victor Dahdaleh Chair in
Democracy and Governance at the Mulroney Institute, and did not respond
to a request for comment.
Wilbur Ross, the U.S. commerce secretary appointed by Trump.
The Paradise Papers revealed earlier this month that, through a thicket
of offshore shell companies, Ross had a stake in a shipping business
that received $68 million US in income from a Russian energy firm
co-owned by a member of President Vladimir Putin's family and by a close
friend of Putin who is under U.S. sanctions.
David Koch, the conservative American tycoon who helped fund the U.S.
Tea Party movement and who has spent considerable sums fighting public
health care and trying to stymie efforts to curb climate change.
Both Dahdaleh and Said also received honorary doctorates from St. FX
months before or after their donations — though neither attended the
university or has any significant connection to Nova Scotia.
The Mulroney Institute's donor list contains more conventional names
too, including big banks (BMO, CIBC, TD); business executives (Prem
Watsa, Gerald Schwartz, Galen Weston, Paul Desmarais); and political
players (former senators Michael Meighen and Hugh Segal).
Still, the notoriety of some of the donors, and the ease with which the
honorary degrees were dispensed, has critics saying St. FX sold out.
"Universities are under-funded so they're desperate for money, and what
happens so often is that they become very uncritical about who they
accept the money from," said Jim Turk, director of the Centre for Free
Expression at Ryerson University in Toronto and former executive
director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. "That lack
of concern about the ethics shows in this case."
McInnis, the history department chair, added: "St. FX has a history of
social justice and moral engagement in the community, and that could be
called into question. … I'm not at all pleased that these names are
The university's top official defended his school. President MacDonald
would not agree to an interview but said in an emailed statement that
St. FX follows a "very rigorous" process to grant honorary doctorates.
"St. FX is proud of the contributions of all individuals who have
received an honorary degree from our university," he said.
"We are, indeed, indebted to Mr. Mulroney and his family for their
unwavering support for St. FX and our surrounding rural community," the
statement said. "The economic impact" of the Mulroney Institute project
for northeast Nova Scotia "is significant."
'A good friend'
The Mulroney Institute accepted its first cohort of students this fall.
The new building named after the former PM — one of the university's
most famous graduates — is scheduled to open in 2019.
Mulroney turned down an interview request, and did not answer detailed
emailed questions about why he courted donations from Said and Dahdaleh,
The former PM's only statement on the matter came earlier this fall,
when his name arose in the Paradise Papers in connection to Said.
"Mr. Mulroney has known Mr. Said and his family for more than 20 years,"
a lawyer representing Mulroney wrote. "He is an outstanding man, a
highly successful investor and a leading philanthropist. He is also a