Trudeau apologizes for role in We Charity scandal but won't resign

14 Juillet, 2020, 00:23 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • PM Trudeau apologizes for not recusing himself from WE volunteering decision

"We recognized that the situation continues to be complex in the U.S. in regards to COVID-19", said Trudeau during his daily briefing.

He said Monday his family's longtime involvement with the WE organization should have kept him out of the discussions. "I know people have concerns about it, I get that".

"I'm sincerely sorry (for) not having done that", Trudeau said.

The grant program, meant to help students struggling to find summer jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic, has been stymied by the controversy and the government is now looking for a different way to administer it.

Trudeau said he knew his family worked with the charity, but said he was unaware of how much they had been paid. "The mistake we made was on me".

"I deeply regret that I have brought my mother into this situation". I should have been thoughtful enough to recuse myself completely from any discussions around WE because of these connections, from the very beginning, and I did not.

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Those allegations only grew following revelations last week that the prime minister's wife, brother and mother had been paid a combined $300,000 for appearing at a number of WE events over several years.

In a statement provided to CTV News on Sunday, WE Charity said that extra staff had been hired "specifically to support the administration of the CSSG program and are not part of WE Charity's permanent staff".

Canada's ethics commissioner in investigating Trudeau over the matter.

The federal Conservatives are planning to call Trudeau to testify before a parliamentary committee on his government's decision to have WE Charity administer the $900-million student volunteer program.

Although the charity has been in the hot seat before, they came under increased scrutiny at the end of June when the federal government announced that they were partnering with WE to create the Canadian Student Services Grant.

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