Reps. Duffy and Dahlmark on Greeting King Abdullah II With Aid: It Was ‘Absolutely Shocking’

With $1.5 billion in foreign aid since 2014, Canada spent more on keeping its king up to date than on rebuilding lives in Jordan. News reports from the House of Commons’ Aboriginal Affairs committee…

Reps. Duffy and Dahlmark on Greeting King Abdullah II With Aid: It Was 'Absolutely Shocking'

With $1.5 billion in foreign aid since 2014, Canada spent more on keeping its king up to date than on rebuilding lives in Jordan.

News reports from the House of Commons’ Aboriginal Affairs committee tell how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals plowed billions in aid into programs to boost the tourism, education and housing and infrastructure sectors for Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his family.

However, the committee reports, the King’s own expenditures and spending by the prime minister included.

At the taxpayers’ expense, the House of Commons reports, the Liberal government allocated $93 million to the king to upgrade his residences to “as worthy of royalty as possible.”

Dutton says not only was Canada’s aid not being spent “as wisely as it could have,” but the Tories were “shocked” to discover that “the King and Queen of Jordan own over 15 properties worth over $150 million, using these for use for the citizens of Jordan.”

Some of the reported spending by the Liberals.

It was $21 million to aid the “regeneration” of palaces, while the estate was reportedly being auctioned in November 2017 for the country’s “economic recovery” from war and rising food prices.

A look at one of Jordan’s tourist attractions.

According to media reports from 2013 to 2017, Canada spent $1.49 billion on programs to create jobs and housing for marginalized groups, and other elements of its HIV/AIDS response and development and human rights programs in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

With that kind of money, has it been “shocking” that Trudeau made no attempt to freeze or even slow the benefit to the Canadian prime minister?

Thanks to Federal Modernizing, Canada’s spending on King Abdullah II of Jordan – who has his hands full with all of Canada’s aid requests in Jordan – could grow to over $100 million.

Now, the House of Commons’ Aboriginal Affairs committee is looking into the idea of a “patronage” payment – for aid to Canada’s leader – in Jordan.

Trudeau is being assisted with accountability by Calgary MP MP Michelle Rempel.

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