Problems with Trudeau erupted after a $ 43.5 million contract was signed with WE Charity to administer a $ 544 million grant in C, which is part of Canada’s pandemic response. Trudeau has already been found guilty of violating conflict of interest laws since becoming a minister twice in 2015, and the latest line has reopened an investigation by the commissioner of ethics – an investigation involving his finance minister – and calls on rivals for his resignation.
We work on international development projects and educational programs, mostly in the United States and Canada, that teach young people civic engagement. But the deal, announced in late June, was canceled within days amid unrest over the charity̵
Trudeau himself spoke at major NIE events, and his wife was one of the group’s ambassadors, an unpaid role other than expenses.
Asked questions on Thursday, Trudeau reiterated that once he learned, he had to withdraw from the cabinet’s decision-making process over the contract after discovering that we were involved. He also stressed that the pandemic cloud has accelerated the overall pace of policy discussions and has not considered the recommendation to contact WE, which comes from the public service.
Trudeau said he had been informed by government officials that given the short period of time, this was a binary choice: go with WE or the program would not move forward at all.
At another point in the hearing, Trudeau suggested that because of those ethical inconsistencies, he was approaching the WE contract more closely.
But Trudeau’s critics were not swayed by his introspection. New Democrat MP Charlie Angus said he did not buy the prime minister’s explanation, calling it an “obvious conflict of interest” because of his relationship with WE co-founders Mark and Craig Kilberger.
“There were numerous red flags with this proposal. It fell apart the second time it was announced, “Angus told Trudeau.” You get the impression … that you don’t believe in the laws that determine what politicians can and can’t do to you. “
Angus said Trudeau’s actions, leading to the cancellation of the contract, have harmed young people who hope to be compensated for volunteering opportunities this summer.
Trew took a risk by appearing before a parliamentary committee, where opponents could make witnesses in sometimes chaotic conditions, known for constant interruptions, raised voices and exchange of tests.
The Prime Minister has been repeatedly pressured over how much WE paid for his wife’s recent trip to an event in London, whether he has read the Conflict of Interest Act and bypasses the question of who will be fired for the decision to award the WE contract.
The agreement we signed also flooded Finance Minister Bill Morno, Trudeau’s trusted economic tobacco to the federal response Covid-19. Morneau revealed to the same committee last week that he failed to pay more than $ 41,000 in travel expenses he, his wife and one of their daughters took with WE in 2017. Morneau, who has a daughter who works for WE , he insists only to find out that he has not paid the travel expenses.
Morneau, who is also under investigation by the Ethics Commissioner, also publicly apologized for not being blamed for the decision to award the contract to WE.
Both Trudeau and Morno are facing demands from political rivals to resign on the issue, and studies show that controversy has already eroded liberal support and assessments of Trudeau’s approval, which have risen since the start of the pandemic.
Since last fall’s election, there has been little appetite among opposition parties to defeat Trudeau’s liberal minority government and provoke other elections. But conservatives are ready to elect a new leader in late August and could be tempted to overthrow the government.
The prime minister has shown he can withstand scandals, including a public announcement during last year’s election campaign with images of him wearing brown 20 years ago.
His first violation of the law on ethics was during the 2016 full-cost vacation he and his family took to the private Caribbean island of Aga Khan. Then last year, the ethics guard found Trudeau violating the conflict of interest law after he and his staff repeatedly called on his former attorney general to strike a deal with the engineering firm SNC-Lavalin, which was facing corruption charges. .
Trudeau also suffered a blow from a 2018 trip to India when he had to cancel an invitation to a dinner he had issued to a Sikh extremist accused of trying to assassinate an Indian politician.
Despite controversy, Trudeau was re-elected last year – but voters reduced him and his liberals to minority status in parliament. The weakened mandate forced them to work with opposition parties to pass legislation and keep the government afloat.
The WE Treaty has also placed more control over the financial activities of the major international charity itself. Earlier this week, Kielburgers put questions to the Finance Committee.
We had a significant international reach. Her website, which features photos of Kielburgs posing with international celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, says the charity has worked with some of the “most famous thinkers and social activists in the world.”