Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was making sure “all the rules” were followed in his decision to award a $103,050 contract to a food company with family ties to a senior official of Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen. I’m here.
Global News reported Thursday that Hussen’s office has awarded $93,050 in a communications deal with Munch More Media, a Toronto-based company focused on the food and restaurant industry. The taxpayer’s money came from his constituency office’s budget, not his ministerial budget.
Huessen’s office provided $93,000 in PR work for the senior staff’s sister eatery.
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The company’s director, Hiba Tariq, is the sister of Hussen’s policy director and close advisor, Tia Tariq.
On Friday, Global reported that Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, also gave Munch More Media a $10,000 contract from the constituency’s budget.
Trudeau said at a Monday news conference in Hamilton: “I know the minister (Hussen) has spoken about this and will continue to answer questions about this.
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Trudeau’s office declined to answer questions about what he knew about the deal before Global News reported it, but sources suggest it was an open secret in liberal circles. doing.
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“My obsession is to always follow the rules.
Trudeau added that Hussen “makes sure he answers our questions about this.”
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Members of Congress are allowed to spend their constituency funds, which ultimately come from taxpayers, on outside communications activities. But a Global News analysis of cabinet ministers’ constituency spending shows that Hussen is just one of three cabinet ministers to spend significant public money on external public relations support in recent months. is showing.
Munch More Media Inc. is a Toronto-based public relations firm that specializes in promoting the restaurant and food service industry. It’s not clear if he has any experience in political communications, other than what Global News reported last week.
Lobbying records show that Tia Tariq has worked with Hussen since at least 2017 when she was immigration minister, and has since held a number of positions in Hussen’s office. She currently serves as Huessen’s Policy Director.
Her sister, Tariq Hiba, is the director of PR firm Munch More Media Inc., a gourmet and communications firm in Toronto. identified as
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