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‘Nobody calls out the prime minister’: WE Charity scandal ‘a truly systemic error,’ say some Liberal MPs who also wonder about PM’s advisers

By Abbas Rana      

Some Liberal backbenchers say they're frustrated that their own government has lost goodwill because of the WE Charity scandal, and Ipsos pollster Darrell Bricker says Canadians are now questioning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s judgment and his government’s ability to do its job in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for not recusing himself from cabinet's decision to award a $900-million contract to WE Charity, which has now been cancelled, and he is on the defensive dealing with the fallout from the issue. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yet again on the defensive dealing with the fallout from the We Charity controversy, some Liberal MPs are “upset,” “outraged,” and “disappointed,” describing the scandal a “systemic error” where it appears no cabinet minister was willing to take the risk of telling the prime minister that he should recuse himself from the contract discussion because of his family ties.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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