Conservatives say they want Trudeau and Morneau to testify over WE Charity controversy – National

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The Conservatives asked the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance to testify before a parliamentary committee on the WE Charity decision.Sunday’s announcement by MP Pierre Poilievre follows party calls earlier this week for a criminal investigation into the award of a contract with WE Charity, an organization that paid the family of the first Minister Justin Trudeau hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking costs.

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The agreement with WE to administer a $ 900 million federal scholarship program was canceled earlier this month.

Trudeau admitted that he had not recused himself from the discussion and the decision to approve the contract despite his family ties, arguing that the agreement had been recommended by a non-partisan public service.

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“The [Trudeau] must explain where exactly the idea came from – did the WE organization call it and suggest it, did it come from their office staff? Did it come out of its own head? Have family members who were paid by the organization suggested it? Said Poilievre.










Curator Pierre Poilievre Raises Questions About Trudeau and WE Charity


Curator Pierre Poilievre Raises Questions About Trudeau and WE Charity

“We have to hear him directly on these questions, because he alone has the answers, he alone knows how it happened and how it happened. ”

The news of the Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, who did not recuse the decision, also appeared last week despite the fact that two members of his family were involved or employed by the group.

Poilievre wants Trudeau and Morneau to appear before the Standing Committee on Finance, of which he is the vice-president.

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According to him, the two could come voluntarily or be forced to come if they refused the invitation – the latter requiring a vote of the members of the finance committee.

The committee is currently divided into six Liberals and six opposition members, including a Liberal chair.










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Conservatives Urge RCMP To Investigate Controversy About WE Charity

According to House of Commons procedure and practice, committee chair would not be able to vote on decision unless there is a tie – which would allow the committee to invite Trudeau and Morneau to testify if the Conservatives involved the Bloc Québécois and the NDP .

However, the rules also suggest that standing committees cannot compel members to appear, which means that Trudeau and Morneau have no obligation to respond – even if the Conservatives get the required votes.

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In a statement to Global News, an NDP spokesperson said that the Canadian public wanted answers and should know that “it will never happen again.”

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“New Democrats believe we need to get to the bottom of this and the more answers we get (including Trudeau and Morneau), the faster we can get those answers for the Canadian public,” the spokesperson wrote on Sunday. .

The party did not directly indicate whether they would support the Conservatives’ appeal.










Canadian MPs Address Trudeau-WE Charity Controversy


Canadian MPs Address Trudeau-WE Charity Controversy

Neither the Prime Minister’s Office nor the Bloc Québécois immediately responded to a request for comment.

Federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion announced an investigation into whether Trudeau broke conflict of interest rules in the now-abandoned contract, while rights group Democracy Watch also said that he was filing a complaint with the RCMP.

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With files from Global News journalists Kerri Breen and Beatrice Britneff

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