Speaking at the House Ethics Committee on Aug. 11, Canada’s federal Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough put it bluntly. She said the federal government had “dropped the ball” on the whole student volunteer program which had subsequently turned into the WE Charity fiasco. Ms. Qualtrough said she could make “no excuse or justification” for the roles played by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who should have recused themselves from cabinet’s decision to award the $500-million contract to the charity to administer the federal government’s student volunteer program, one that both men have family connections to.
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