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StFX professor concerned about funding for Mulroney Institute of Government

A StFX professor says some questions are raised with news about where money came from to fund the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government.

Peter McInnis, chair of the history department, says some reported sources of income for multi-millionaire and billionaire donors, and what they do with their money, goes against university principals.

He says there's a balance- but when they associate with people who used money for less progressive things, there's a concern.

McInnis tells The Hawk he's worried about where the money came from.

"Is the money coming from ethical sources?" he says. "Is it money that people have paid their due taxes, or is it money that funds should have been located in offshore shelters and other things that I think are questionable."

McInnis says those options aren't available for most people in our country- he pays taxes as the cost of citizenship.

 Media reports indicate two donors- Victor Dahdaleh, a Canadian-British billionaire, and Wafic Said, a Syrian-Saudi billionaire, have been identified in connection with international corruption scandals.

The two men have both received honorary doctorates from the university.

McInnis says sometimes you have more options the wealthier you are.

He says there's pressure for officials at all universities to fund projects and even exist, but there has to be a moral compass for raising money.

Kent MacDonald, StFX President, says in a statement all donors are expected to be recognized in a grand opening of the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government in June, 2019.


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