Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics – August 11, 2020 – Part 2:
Ministers Bardish Chagger (Diversity and Inclusion and Youth) and Carla Qualtrough (Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion) face questions for the committee’s study on the safeguards that are in place to prevent conflicts of interest in government procurement.
Questions have surrounded the federal government’s decision to award a now-cancelled contract to WE Charity 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.
Also speaking at the committee are Gina Wilson, deputy minister for the Department of Canadian Heritage, and Benoît Robidoux, associate deputy minister for the Department of Employment and Social Development.