Prime Minister Trudeau defends ‘outsourcing’ of $900M student aid program

"The decision leaves Parliament without a way to monitor the program"

The federal Conservatives want Auditor General Karen Hogan to investigate the Trudeau government’s decision to use an international charity to administer a $900-million program for students.

The Conservatives made the request in a letter to the Auditor General on Sunday. They wrote that the decision to “outsource” the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) to WE Charity leaves Parliament without a way to monitor the aid program.

The letter, signed by Conservative MPs Pierre Poilievre, Dan Albas, and Raquel Dancho, also mentions the well-known ties between the Trudeau family and the WE Charity.

“The government has extensive practice working with third-party charities and partners in order to deliver these types of programs,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday from Ottawa.

“The WE organization is the only organization in Canada that has the scale and the ability to deliver volunteer opportunities for young people right across the country at all levels of organizations.”

“We’ve seen some 250,000 young people apply since we announced the program and we have to encourage them,” Trudeau added.

The Canada Student Service Grant is designed to help students find internships and job placements amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

WE Charity will help to administer the CSSG program.

Upcoming federal COVID-19 modeling projections

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has hit the 10 million mark, with 500,000 deaths being linked to the virus.
There are now 10 million COVID-19 cases worldwide

Health officials will release new federal COVID-19 modeling projections Monday.

“After a very challenging Spring, things are moving in the right direction,” Trudeau said.

“There are still hotspots but nationally the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are declining.”

Nationally, Canada has 103,507 total cases, with 8,570 COVID-19 related deaths.

“While we’ve made good progress over the past few months, the virus remains a threat,” Trudeau added.

Ontario added 257 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the highest one-day increase since June 13.

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has hit the 10 million mark, with 500,000 deaths being linked to the virus.

Daily briefings will come to an end

The Prime Minister and federal health officials will now provide COVID-19 news conferences every few days, instead of every day.