Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid
This program has wide support both with the public and with the political parties of Canada....
All the political parties except the NDP, the Bloc, & the Conservatives support this widely (I've no idea where Liz & the other two Greenies stand on this one)
with the manner in which it was rolled (or is that dolled) out...and I'm assuming its support in what was its initial form with WE Charity Foundation having a sole (thank you on the soul save, BTW)
source contract was supported by a proportionally similar (and even much of the Liberal Party supporters could smell this one coming and are holding their noses or outright repulsed at this one)
amount of the general public as is seem with the political parties.
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoid
I don't care about your scandals. Get the money to the people who need it.
Who's Scandals? Who is the "your
" you refer to above?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his chief of staff Katie Telford will appear before the House of Commons finance committee Thursday to explain their roles in the decision to strike a partnership with We Charity — which has close ties with the Trudeau family — to deliver a $900 million student grant program. The committee is scheduled to hear from Trudeau from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m
. and from Telford from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m
Craig and Marc Kielburger, the founders of WE Charity, will appear before the finance committee Tuesday morning. The Kielburgers initially were scheduled to appear with WE Charity's CFO, Victor Li, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm, but at the request of the Conservatives, committee members agreed Monday to have Li appear on a different day later in the week. Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre asked to extend the time the Kielburgers would answer questions to four hours. MPs on the committee debated the witness list earlier today and agreed to ask the brothers — once they are before MPs on Tuesday — if they can stay that long and, if not, if they can return later in the week to complete the four hours of questioning.
Poilievre also moved a motion asking the committee to extend Trudeau's appearance from one hour to three
. The MP also asked for Telford to appear for two hours instead of just one
. The committee failed to agree to those time extensions before the meeting was adjourned
. (The Finance Committee is 6 Liberals, 4 conservatives, 1 NDP, & 1 Bloc Member)
Shortly after it was announced that WE Charity would be running the program, the Liberal government came under fire from opposition parties over the Trudeau family's close relationship with the organization. Initially, WE Charity said members of the Trudeau family were not paid for appearing at WE events, although Sophie Grégoire Trudeau had been reimbursed for travel expenses. On July 9, it emerged that Trudeau's mother Margaret was paid approximately $250,000 for speaking at 28 events, while his brother Alexandre spoke at eight events and received about $32,000 (I'm sure the fact that these two where paid for their speaking engagements when it sounds like nobody else was by WE Charity or maybe WE Charity Foundation, unless that's also a lie, had nothing to do with the fact that Justin Trudeau is/was the sitting PM).
Earlier in July, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion announced that he was launching an investigation into Trudeau over the government's decision to task the WE Charity with administering the summer student grant program. Dion said he will be investigating Trudeau under subsection 6(1) of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Act, which prohibits public office holders from making decisions that further their own private interests or the interests of another person
. Trudeau also is being investigated under sections 7 and 21 of the Act, which deal with giving someone preferential treatment and failing to recuse from a conflict of interest.
"I made a mistake in not recusing myself. I am sorry
," Trudeau told reporters. Separately, the Commons Ethics Committee voted last week to call Trudeau before that committee to answer MPs' questions but the prime minister has yet to confirm his appearance
Documents shared with the Commons finance committee today suggest that although the Canada Student Service Grant program was allocated a $900 million budget
, officials had drawn up a plan with the WE Charity Foundation
to spend only a portion of that amount
. (starting to sound familiar...)
According to the text of the contribution agreement signed June 23 between Youth Minister Bardish Chagger's office and the WE Charity Foundation, up to
paid out in the form of grants to students across three cohorts of potential volunteers, while $43.53 million would have been allocated to the WE Charity Foundation
for administering the program. Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau are under investigation by the office of federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion over their failure to recuse themselves from cabinet discussions of the program, given the close ties between their families and WE Charity....etc....