Problems with Trudeau erupted after a contract worth up to $ 43.5 million was signed with WE Charity to manage a $ 544 million student grant program that is part of the response to the Canadian pandemic. Trudeau has already been convicted of violating conflict of interest laws since he became a minister twice earlier in 2015, and the last line has resumed consideration by the ethics committee – an investigation involving his finance minister – and is urging rivals to resign.
We work on international development projects and educational programs, mainly in the United States and Canada, that teach young people civic activism. But the deal, announced in late June, was canceled within days amid a tumultuous charity relationship with the Trudeau family, including revealing that his mother and brother had paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for the organization̵7;s talks, travel and hospitality over the past six months. .
Trudeau himself spoke at major events at MI, and his wife was one of the group’s ambassadors, an unpaid role in addition to expenses.
Discussing the issue on Thursday, Trudeau reiterated that, forgetting, he had to withdraw from the Cabinet’s decision-making process over the contract as soon as he discovered that we were involved. He also stressed that the cloud of the pandemic has accelerated the overall pace of policy discussions and that he did not heed the recommendation to cooperate with the IE, which came from public services.
Trudeau said he was told by government officials that, given the short term, it was a binary choice: go with the MoD or the program would not move forward at all.
At another point in the hearing, Trudeau suggested that because of those past ethical disputes, he had approached the ME agreement more cautiously.
But Trudeau’s critics did not shy away from 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 Kilburger.
“There were numerous red flags with this proposal. It broke up for the second time when it was announced, “Angus Trudeau said.” You give the impression … that you do not believe in the laws that determine what politicians can and cannot apply to you. “
Angus said Trudeau’s actions to terminate the contract harmed young people who hoped to receive compensation for volunteer opportunities this summer.
Trudeau risked his speech before a parliamentary committee, where opponents may pity witnesses in the sometimes chaotic conditions known for constant interruptions, raised votes and exchanges.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly pressured how much we paid for his wife’s recent trip to London, whether he has read the Conflict of Interest Act and avoided questions about who will be fired for the decision to award the IE contract.
We faced a contract We also shipped to Treasury Secretary Bill Morno, Trudeau’s trusted economic defender in response to the federal response to Covid-19. At the same committee, Morno found last week that he had not paid travel expenses for more than $ 41,000 for trips he, his wife, and one of their daughters took from MI in 2017. Morno, who has a daughter who works for ME, insisted that he only realized that he had not paid the travel expenses.
Morno, who is also under investigation by the ethics commissioner, also apologized publicly for not accusing himself of deciding to transfer the ME contract.
Both Trudeau and Morno have faced demands from political rivals to resign on the issue, and polls suggest the controversy has already undermined Trudeau’s liberal support and approval ratings since the pandemic began.
Since the election last fall, opposition parties have had little apparent appetite for defeating the liberal Trudeau minority government and initiating regular elections. But conservatives will be ready to elect a new leader in late August, and they may be tempted to overthrow the government.
The prime minister has shown that he can counter scandals, including a public release during last year’s election campaign with images of him wearing brown 20 years ago.
His first violation of the ethics law was during a 2016 full-time vacation he and his family took to the private Caribbean island of Aga Khan. Then last year, a sentry doctor of ethics found that Trudeau had violated the conflict of interest law after he and his staff repeatedly called on the former attorney general to enter into a deal with the engineering firm SNC-Lavalin, which has been accused of corruption.
Trudeau also suffered a blow from a trip to India in 2018, when he had to cancel a dinner invitation he issued to a Sikh extremist accused of attempting to assassinate an Indian politician.
Despite controversy, Trudeau was re-elected last year, but voters reduced him and his liberals to a minority status in parliament. The weakened mandate forced them to work with opposition parties to pass legislation and keep the government afloat.
The contract with the IE also highlighted the financial activities of the largest international charity. Earlier this week, the Kilburgers addressed questions to the finance committee.
We had a significant international volume. His website, which features photos of Kilburg officials with international celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry, says the charity has worked with some of the world’s “most famous thinkers and community activists.”