OTTAWA | The federal government officials have not examined the financial health of the charity close to Trudeau before entrusting him with the largest sum ever given to a charitable organization in Canada.
“There has been no thorough investigation as to the financial statements of WE Charity “, said Tuesday the head of the federal public service, the clerk of the privy Council, Ian Shugart.
Mr. Shugart testified before the commons Committee on finance, which attempts to shed light on the agreement, granted without tender to WE Charity.
Under this agreement now cancelled, the organization would pocket up to$ 43 Million to administer$ 900 Million in scholarships for the volunteer student.
“This is the largest sum ever given to a charitable organization in Canada,” said Karen Bahen, the managing director of Charity Intelligence, which analyzed the finances of more than 750 charitable agencies in the country.
In comparison, world Affairs Canada has contributed to 47.4 Million dollars to the Aga Khan Foundation in 2016-2017, the year in which Justin Trudeau was blamed by the ethics commissioner for having spent a holiday on the private island of this muslim prince.
Justin Trudeau and the minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, pictured here shaking the hand, face an inquiry by the ethics commissioner in the case of WE Charity, as the liberals call it ” pseudo-scandal ethics “.
Despite the magnitude of the sum involved, Mr. Shugart has said they don’t know what financial information the officers had about of WE Charity when they have recommended to the government to do business with that organization.
The accounting information available show that WE Charity is indebted up to the neck. However, the organization invests heavily in the real estate and pays a considerable share of its funds from ME to WE, a private company, also belonging to the brothers Marc and Craig Kielburger.
WE Charity has also paid more than $ 300,000 to the mother, the brother and the wife of Justin Trudeau, in addition to hiring one of the daughters of the minister of Finance, Bill Morneau.
Since the beginning of the case, the government asserts that the decision to grant the management of scholarships for students at WE Charity was the result of a recommendation of the public service ” professional and impartial “.
Involvement of Trudeau
Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau are both excused not to be pulled out of the discussions that led to the conclusion of the agreement.
For Mr. Shugart, however, it would have been unthinkable that the prime minister and the minister of Finance were not involved in the design of the program of federal grants for the volunteer student. “I don’t see how the prime minister could not be involved in the development of a programme of this scale “, he said.
The minister of Finance, will testify on Wednesday before the finance committee. It will be followed the next week the brothers Kielburger, founders of WE Charity and ME to WE.
Prime minister Trudeau, himself, has not mentioned if he would testify.
Popularity in berne
If an election were held today, how would the Canadians?
Liberal party : 36 %
Conservative party : 31 %
New democratic party : 16 %
Bloc québécois : 7 %
Green party : 6 %
- The liberals have declined by an average of 4 points in two weeks in Quebec, and 7 points in Ontario.
- 42 % of Canadians have a positive opinion of Justin Trudeau, a decrease of 5 points in two weeks.
- 40% of Quebecers have a favourable opinion of the government, a drop of 12 points in two weeks.
Source : survey, ABACUS DATA conducted with 1,500 Canadians between 13 and 16 July.
Margin of error +/- 2.6 %, 19 times out of 20.
What they said
“There is a clear trend : the prime minister is always ready to help his friends “
– Jagmeet Singh, NDP leader
“It is so rude and so disgusting that the prime minister continues to use the pandemic as an excuse for his corruption “
– Andrew Scheer, leader of the conservative party
“The sooner the prime minister will reveal what he knows, has seen, done, whatever the consequences, the better it will be for the management of the canadian State “
– Yves-François Blanchet, leader of the Bloc québécois
“We are excited to be able to speak directly to Canadians and to reset the clock to the time “
– Craig and Marc Kielburger, the WE Charity