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‘WE’ don’t need lawyers at parliamentary committees

By Steven Chaplin       

Parliament is entitled to ask whatever questions it wants answered, and witnesses should have no fear of any consequences for their answers.  The constitution and Parliament will protect them. That is the law. Both Parliament and the legal system depend on it.

Craig Kielburger, centre, and Marc Kielburger, right, the founders of WE Charity, and their legal counsel William McDowell, left, pictured speaking remotely before the House Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee on March 15, 2021. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The Kielburger brothers, as leaders of the WE Charity, were summoned to appear before the House Ethics Committee recently to provide testimony on what has become known as the WE Charity scandal. The matter involves a contract with the government to oversee a student volunteer grant program. It is alleged that the prime minister’s family had close ties to the charity at the time that the contract was awarded.

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