Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics – July 22, 2020:
MPs continue their consideration of a motion to hold a study on the contract deal with the WE Charity Foundation, as well as to review the safeguards that are in place to prevent conflicts of interest in government procurement. Opposition members are seeking for the Ethics committee to be the third committee to conduct an investigation into the WE Charity controversy; two other House committees (Finance and Government Operations) have launched their own probes into the scandal.
Questions have surrounded the federal government’s decision to award a now-cancelled contract to the WE Charity Foundation to administer a $900-million federal grants program for student volunteers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau have both apologized for not recusing themselves from cabinet discussions concerning the contract despite the organization’s ties to their families. The prime minister and the finance minister are also facing probes by the federal ethics commissioner for potential violations of the Conflict of Interest Act. (Note: audio problems with this video originate at the source)