Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied playing any role in choosing a charity with ties to his family to manage a major government program.
Witnessing in the House of Commons, he objected to any involvement of him or his staff in the program that has caused a great deal of political controversy in Canada.
Mr Trudeau is under surveillance for failing to repeal himself from decisions about the program.
He is being investigated by a federal ethics guard for his failure.
On Thursday, Mr. Trudeau told the Ottawa finance committee that the decision to reach NE Charity for the student volunteering program was made independently of the federal public service.
He says he only learned that the charity was recommended by the public service for the program in early May.
The charity I had previously paid to the Prime Minister̵7;s mother and brother to speak at the events between 2017-18 and Mr Trudeau and his wife were involved in the organization.
The prime minister says he knew there would be control over the deal because of those ties, so he urged bureaucrats to “take proper care” when he first learned of the plan for them to manage the program. .
He said they came back two weeks later and told him that WE Charity was the only organization that could administer the program.
“We Charity did not receive any preferential treatment neither from me nor from anyone else,” he told lawmakers.
Opposition lawmakers on Thursday accused Mr Trudeau of throwing the public service “under the bus”.
What is the background?
The issue focuses on the decision to have a charity WE administer the new Student Service Grants Program in Canada.
The program, which had an initial budget of $ 912 million ($ 680 million, $ 34,534 million), was intended to give students grants for volunteer roles to help compound summer job shortages due to the pandemic .
The charity had previously paid the prime minister’s mother and brother a total of over $ 280,000 C to speak at the events between 2017-18.
Mr. Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau have appeared regularly at charity events.
Trudeau family members were also reimbursed for some expenses related to these events.
We charity withdrew from the controversy contract on 2 July. Mr Trudeau has apologized for not withdrawing from the related discussions.
The family of federal finance minister Bill Morneau also has ties to the WE Charity.
What is Charity?
The WE charity was founded 25 years ago by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger at their parents’ home in Thornhill, Ontario, when Craig was just 12 years old.
Once known as Free the Children, the charity focused on ending child exploitation and quickly attracted international recognition.
WE WE Charity Motivational Speech Conferences have become rites of passage for many young Canadians who are drawn to her message that they can change the world. The list of famous speakers and performers has also appealed to many participants.
It is now a large organization with operations in the UK, Canada and the US
Its founders told lawmakers on July 28 that they did not receive the contribution agreement due to any political affiliation and did not win financially.
How will this affect Trudeau?
This is the third ethics inquiry into Mr. Trudeau’s five years in office.
In 2017, a government ethics watchdog ruled that the prime minister was breaking the rules of conflict of interest when he and his family broke up with billionaire spiritual leader Aga Khan.
The Billionaire Foundation is a registered lobbyist and has received hundreds of millions from the federal government over the past few decades, from both the Liberal parties and the Conservatives.
Last August, the tsar of federal ethics revealed that Mr. Trudeau broke federal rules of conflict of interest by trying to influence a former minister in the SNC-Lavalin corruption probe.
In the wake of this latest controversy, Mr Trudeau’s Liberal Party has taken a hit in the polls, even though his government had been well on its pandemic backlash before.
An Abacus Data poll on Thursday showed the Liberals were falling by a four-point lead over the Conservatives.
A poll conducted by Nanos Research found that Mr Trudeau was the preferred prime minister for 34% of Canadians, up from 40% last month. The Angus Reid Institute found that its approval ratings had dropped 11 points since May – and that the losses came mainly from Liberal voters.