Helicopter ride a ‘big deal’?
Re Trudeau Denies Use Of Aga Khan’s Private Helicopter Was Unethical (Jan. 13): A front-page headline in Friday’s Globe and Mail makes a big deal about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s using his host’s helicopter during a vacation which the story reports he tried to keep “secret.” Can we please take a Valium? For the wealthy, this is the equivalent of sending a car to pick you up at the airport and no harm was done to Canadian taxpayers.
Meanwhile, on page three, you report that Justice Rosalie Abella of Canada’s Supreme Court was named Global Jurist of the Year for her career commitment to human rights (Canadian Judge Named Global Jurist Of The Year On Record Of Human Rights, Dec. 13).
Do we really have to debate which story is more deserving of page one? – Brian Burke, Montreal
What is most troubling about the Prime Minister’s use of the Aga Khan’s posh Caribbean digs and his private helicopter is not that Justin Trudeau and his family opted in for the perks but that he (and indeed his wife) failed to have the judgment to simply say, “No.”
The problem is not so much availing himself of the benefit, but the character flaw in not recognizing that the benefit did not outweigh the costs: Those costs include the optics of entitlement, apparent and/or real conflicts of interests and, perhaps most tellingly, the obvious belief on his part that he could get away with it.
Whether it is the Prime Minister’s innate character flaw or instead our failure as Canadians to hold those in positions of public trust to account, the fact that we find ourselves as a nation with a Prime Minister afflicted with the cancer of entitlement is a very poor outcome.
We must shake off the complacency – all of us: the public, the press and the powerful. – Joanna Gualtieri, Ottawa
Re PM’s Friendship With The Aga Khan Should Be Celebrated (Jan. 12): The Conservatives and the New Democratic Party, as well as the media, should be ashamed of themselves for trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill, and in the process casting aspersions on the Aga Khan.
Let’s celebrate that our Prime Minister is friends with such a respected world figure. The Prime Minister’s mistake was to think that he and his family could visit a long-time friend over the holidays without telling everyone where they were going, just as the other 99 per cent of us can.
I encourage Mr. Trudeau to take off his “downfilled sackcloth” and celebrate his friendship with this inspiring man and friend of Canada, the Aga Khan. – Patricia Montgomery, Newmarket, Ont.
One wonders: Did the Prime Minister collect his access fee from the Aga Khan? – Ken Johnson, Lindsay, Ont.