Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for creating an “unnecessary” controversy involving WE Charity, who was chosen to administer the Liberal’s $900 million Canada Student Service Grant.
It was revealed that a subsidiary of the WE Charity paid Trudeau’s mother and brother for previous speaking engagements.
Canadaland reported that Margaret and Alexandre Trudeau were paid in excess of $300,000 by WE over the last four years.
Trudeau apologized for not recusing himself from the WE decision during Monday’s daily COVID-19 news briefing.
“Because of my family ties to the WE organization, I should not have been involved,” Trudeau said.
The Prime Minister said he always wanted to create opportunities for young people and now he’s caused a delay in helping them.
The federal government will be finding another organization to deliver the Canada Student Service Grant program.
“WE have paid back the $20 million they were given to deliver the program,” he said. “I made a mistake in not recusing myself from this decision, given our family’s history … and I’m sincerely sorry.”
Trudeau said he’s not surprised that his mother and brother were paid to speak professionally.
“I knew they were working as professional public speakers, but I did not know how much they were paid by the WE organization, but I should have known,” Trudeau said.
The federal ethics watchdog is now investigating whether the prime minister violated conflict-of-interest rules.
This is the third time the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner has launched an investigation into Prime Minister Trudeau.
Meanwhile, the prime minister announced that the Canadian Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will be extended until December.
Trudeau also said he spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump today about the Canada-U.S. border.
“I hope to have more information to share later this week,” Trudeau said.