Commons’ committee to listen to from charity watchdog group as WE hearings proceed

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears as a witness via videoconference during a House of Commons finance committee in the Wellington Building on Thursday, July 30, 2020. The committee is looking into Government Spending, WE Charity and the Canada Student Service Grant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems as a witness by way of videoconference throughout a Home of Commons finance committee within the Wellington Constructing on Thursday, July 30, 2020. The committee is trying into Authorities Spending, WE Charity and the Canada Pupil Service Grant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick


OTTAWA – The Home of Commons’ committee probing the federal government’s ill-fated cope with WE Charity will hear this morning from a charity watchdog group.

Charity Intelligence Canada has been referenced a number of instances throughout finance committee hearings in regards to the WE affair, however has but to testify within the committee’s probe of the Canada Pupil Service Grant program.

Charity Intelligence has beforehand raised pink flags about WE’s practices, which has garnered rebukes from WE and its co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, who testified earlier than the committee final week.


The controversy across the grant program has raised questions on WE’s complicated construction and accounting mechanisms, its use of high-profile company sponsors and movie star endorsements and its work tradition.

In the meantime, opposition events are hoping the approaching launch of presidency paperwork will shed some gentle on how a corporation with shut ties to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was awarded a deal to manage the $912-million pupil program.

The federal government has till Saturday to desk with the finance committee all memos, briefing notes, correspondence and different paperwork associated to the now-cancelled settlement.


This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Aug. 6, 2020.