Finance – July 29, 2020:
Ahead of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s appearance before the committee, MPs debate the logistics surrounding the testimony of the prime minister and his chief of staff Katie Telford.
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.