There’s a local angle to the latest controversy over “pay-to-play” with the Prime Minister.
Wealthy Chinese Canadians in Metro Vancouver are coughing up big bucks to wine and dine with Justin Trudeau.
The Globe and Mail reports Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is tapping into the wallets of wealthy Chinese Canadian entrepreneurs on the Lower Mainland and Toronto through small private functions.
The most recent event was held in a mansion in West Vancouver last month, at the home of B.C. multimillionaire developer Miaofei Pan.
More than 80 guests got their picture taken with the P-M and those pictures circulated back to media in China.
The tradeoff of cash for face time comes at a cost of $1500 per ticket with a minimum requirement to collect $50,000 from donors per event.
Some of the guests and hosts are well-connected to China’s ruling communist party.
In a statement to the Globe, the Liberal party says “all fundraising events by the Liberal Party of Canada fully complies with all Elections Canada rules and regulations for political fundraising.”