“WE” Apologize: Trudeau & Morneau
CBJ –Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister have again landed themselves in hot water, resulting in public apologies.
Trudeau and Morneau each admit they should have recused themselves from conversations about granting WE Charity a sole-sourced contract to run the now-stopped $900 million COVID-19 student volunteer program, given their personal connections to the organization.
It turns out that members of Trudeau’s family were paid almost $300,000 over the last four years to speak at WE Charity events. A member of Morneau’s family was also involved.
Trudeau’s mother Margaret Trudeau spoke at nearly 30 events and was paid $250,000 in honorariums over the course of four years, beginning in 2016.
The WE charity group is now at the centre of an intense ethics investigation involving the prime minister and Morneau.
Earning far less was Trudeau’s younger brother Alex, who was paid about $32,000 for eight appearances. Morneau’s daughter Clare Morneau spoke at several WE events and was also monetarily compensated.
WE was formerly known as Free the Children, an international youth empowerment charity that was founded in 1995 by brothers Marc and Craig Kielburger.