Conservatives Seek Trudeau Familys Speaking Records as Second Probe of WE Charity Begins

OTTAWA—A second House of Commons committee is debating whether to probe the aborted deal between the federal government and WE Charity to run a massive student-volunteering program.

WE gave up running the $912-million program amid controversy over hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees the WE organization paid to members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus family for appearances at WE events.

Trudeau has said he should have recused himself from the decision but didnt.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau, one of whose daughters works for an arm of the WE organization, has said the same.

Conservatives on the Commons ethics committee say they want copies of all records related to any speaking appearances involving Trudeau, his wife, his mother or his brother.

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Craig Kielburger (L) and his brother Marc introduce Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau at WE Day celebrations in Ottawa on Nov. 10, 2015. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

The Tories say the committee needs to understand how well the governments conflict-of-interest regime works and the WE Charity deal presents a case study.

“Lets put some sunlight on this,” said Ontario Conservative MP Michael Barrett, his partys ethics critic, as the meeting began.

According to WE, most of the fees went to Trudeaus mother Margaret, a mental-health advocate, for events between 2016 and 2020, and Justin Trudeau has never been paid anything.

Quebec Liberal MP Brenda Shanahan argued the ethics committee is not an investigative body. It broadly oversees the work of people such as federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion, she said, but doesnt do probes itself.

Dion is investigating Trudeau and Morneau in the affair, to determinRead More – Source