One does not have to be a devotee of Justin Trudeau or of the Liberal Party of Canada to say, "Enough is enough". Surely there must be other matters more important to the average Canadian than the speaking fee received for some speech at a fundraiser?
Mr. Trudeau has made mistakes by billing for speaking to charities and others and he should not have done it.
The fact is, Trudeau spoke at 17 events after becoming an MP in October 2008, garnering $277,000. Not all of them were charity events. His activities were cleared by the federal ethics commissioner. Why do we have an ethics commissioner if their decisions are second guessed by politicians? Especially in the interest of their own "noble" agenda?
Mr. Trudeau is willing to pay back the accepted fees and hopefully has learned from the experience.
In the overall scheme of things as far as the decisions of Canadian politicians indicate, at least in the last few years, Justin Trudeau's poor judgment regarding the speaking fees, surely will not top the allegations floating around political matters handled in a very bad way.
Such as, the current scandal around unelected Senators, The arrested Mayor of Montreal, the allegations directed at the Mayor of Toronto, the reported difficulties of the Mayor of London. Not to mention, the saga of the Liberal Government of Ontario and the Costly Gas Plant scandal, The EHealth fiasco, McGuinty's taxes after he promised there will be no more tax increases. The list could continue but it would serve no purpose.
Mr. Trudeau as a young politician has already made several mistakes and in the opinion of many is still not ready to lead Canada and perhaps never will.
Harping on Trudeau's acceptance of the speaking fees is not going to help any of his opposition to misdirect attention from mistakes, bad judgments, or manifestations of pure greed from some people in their ranks. - So pipe down and get down to bread and butter issues that matter to Canadians.
It would be naive to think that by taking the negative view on Mr. Trudeau's speaking fees would somehow diminish his chances of one day being elected as Canada's top leader.
Dalton McGuinty, Ontario's Liberal Premier was elected twice - after people already knew he has not kept his word.