At a news conference on Parliament Hill, Conservative critics Michael Barrett (ethics) and Pierre Poilievre (finance) comment on revelations that members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s family were paid for speaking engagements at events hosted by WE Charity. Questions have surrounded the federal government’s announcement on June 25 that it had decided to award a contract to that organization to administer a $900-million federal grants program for student volunteers. On July 3, the government announced that the charity was withdrawing from the contract. On July 8, the prime minister told reporters that he had not recused himself from cabinet’s discussions concerning the contract’s approval.
The federal ethics commissioner has launched an investigation into the government’s decision to award the contract, following requests made by Barrett and NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus. Two House of Commons committees will also hold probes into the matter. (July 10, 2020)