Sunday, September 20, 2020
Home Health News Ethics commissioner launches investigation into Trudeau, $900M WE Charity contract - National

Ethics commissioner launches investigation into Trudeau, $900M WE Charity contract – National

The federal ethics commissioner has announced a probe into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau relating to his government’s now-scrapped $900-million contract with WE Charity.

Ethics critics for both the Conservatives and the NDP had written to Commissioner Mario Dion seeking a review of whether the prime minister contravened the Conflict of Interest Act because of his personal connection with the group.

READ MORE: Trudeau doubles down on defence of WE Charity handling volunteering program

Trudeau has participated in WE events in the past. His wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, hosts a podcast on well-being for the organization, and his mother Margaret Trudeau is an ambassador for the charity.






Coronavirus: Trudeau says WE is the ‘best and only’ service the government could partner with to help young people


Coronavirus: Trudeau says WE is the ‘best and only’ service the government could partner with to help young people

Trudeau has said it was the public service — not him — that chose to partner with WE for the Canada Student Service Grant program. He also stated that the organization was the “best and only” group his government could team up with to administer the program.

Story continues below advertisement

The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner’s office said it is investigating Trudeau’s conduct under three sections of the act.

[ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ]

One section forbids public office holders from making decisions on matters in which they have a conflict of interest. Another states they must recuse themselves from votes or decisions on matters where they have a conflict. The third section deals with giving preferential treatment to a person or group.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office said they would “of course collaborate with the commissioner and answer any questions he may have.”

Read more:
WE charity to stop handling coronavirus student volunteer program after backlash

The government’s deal with WE Charity was announced late last month. The grant program was established to allow recent graduates and students to receive compensation for volunteer work, up to $5,000 for 500 hours, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But on Friday, it was announced that a mutual decision had been reached to halt the agreement, though the program would still be administered by the federal government.

“The way this situation has unfolded is unfortunate,” Trudeau told reporters Friday. “We will continue to work hard to make sure that young people get the opportunities to serve their country but it will no longer be with the organization WE.”

Story continues below advertisement

Trudeau previously faced probes over the SNC-Lavalin affair and his family’s 2016 trip to the Aga Khan’s private island. In both cases, the commissioner found the prime minister had violated ethics rules.

–With files from the Canadian Press


Story continues below advertisement




© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Source link

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Also Read This

Can I refuse a temperature check? What to know about the COVID-19 screening tool – National

As Canada continues to reopen, some grocery stores, salons and other businesses have implemented temperature screening — an approach that uses a touchless scanner...

Montreal Children’s Hospital helps treat adults with coronavirus – TheDietWorld

Two adult patients with COVID-19 were treated in a Montreal pediatric intensive care unit this week — a sign of how hospitals are stretching...

Too Much Weight Gain During Pregnancy May Raise Allergy Risk in Babies

Excessive weight gain during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk for childhood asthma and allergy.Chinese researchers studied 15,145 mother-child pairs in Shanghai,...

Live Coronavirus Updates: Bleak Picture of Academic Loss

Racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps among students will most likely widen.New research suggests that by September, most students will have fallen months or more...

CORONAVIRUS

COVID-19 Precautions 

  • Wash your hands frequently .
  • Maintain social distancing,
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene.
GET LIVE UPDATE