The prime minister Justin Trudeau will be the subject of an investigation by the ethics Commissioner regarding the award of a contract for $ 900 million to an organization close to his family. The charity WE Charity had been chosen without call for tenders to manage the program of federal Grants for the volunteer student. The contract was broken Friday after days of controversy.
Back on another ethical crisis for the Trudeau government.
Given without tender
Ottawa has awarded the contract for the management of the program without bidding to WE Charity, also known by its French name STATES, and under the name of Free the Children. The organization founded in Toronto by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger is on a mission to change the world by educating youth on the importance of social issues. It is active in Canada, England and the United States, but also in a handful of developing countries.
A programme of near a billion dollars
The federal program of federal Grants for the volunteer student was announced on 25 June, at a cost of $ 900 million. It is part of a broader investment of $ 9 billion Ottawa to cushion the economic impact of the pandemic on young people. It provides for a payment of 1000 to $ 5000 to students who will be volunteering over the next four months, as well as $ 12,000 for teachers who will recruit and manage these young people. The project aims to financially assist students who are involved in the community, at a time when employment options are limited.
Justin Trudeau, his wife and his mother are long-time friends of WE Charity. Critics therefore believe that the government is in a conflict of interest in awarding contracts to the organization. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the prime minister’s wife, hosted a podcast for WE and is an ambassador of charity. It is travelling to London to speak at WE Day that she contracted the COVID-19, in march. Justin Trudeau has made several appearances at WE Day, including the first public release of importance after his swearing-in in 2015. A crowd of 16 000 young people would chant, then, ” Trudeau, Trudeau, Trudeau “.