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Liberals survive confidence vote, avoiding snap election amid pandemic

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government survived a confidence vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday afternoon, avoiding plunging the country into a snap election amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Liberals who govern without »

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Trudeau prorogues Parliament until Sept. 23

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has prorogued Parliament until Sept. 23, apparently to try to buy some time to ride out the so-called WE Charity controversy. Prorogation, a manoeuvre that ends a parliamentary session, shuts down the House of Commons committees »

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Bill Morneau resigns as finance minister and MP to seek top job at OECD

Canada’s Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, said Monday he will be stepping down from the cabinet and resigning his seat in the House of Commons to pursue the job of secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). »

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Trudeau says he did ‘absolutely nothing’ to influence WE Charity contract

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is denying any role in influencing a decision to award a multi-million contract to administer a student volunteering grant program to WE Charity even as he acknowledges that he should have recused himself from cabinet discussions »

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Ethics commissioner expands probe into finance minister over WE scandal

Canada’s Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion says he is broadening the scope of his inquiry into a multi-million contract awarded by the minority Liberal government to WE Charity by taking a deeper look at the actions of Finance Minister Bill Morneau. »

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The Kielburgers deny Liberal patronage was reason for WE contract

The co-founders of a charity at the centre of the latest political scandal to rock the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are denying that Liberal patronage had anything to do with them being awarded the contract to administer a »

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Trudeau and his chief of staff to testify on WE affair Thursday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his chief of staff Katie Telford are expected to testify in front of the House of Commons finance committee Thursday afternoon about the Liberal government’s decision to get the WE organization to run a summer »

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Trudeau grilled by opposition over WE Charity contract

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was grilled by opposition members in the House of Commons over his decision to award the administration of a $900-million student-volunteering program to a charity with which he and his Finance Minister Bill Morneau had close »

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Trudeau apologizes for handling of WE Charity student grant contract

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday he “made a mistake” in not recusing himself from cabinet discussions about awarding a contract to administer a $900-million federal student grant program to WE Charity that had paid hundreds of thousands of dollars »

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Possible investigation into Trudeau, WE Charity multi-million dollar contract

The concern over the Trudeau government’s awarding of sole-sourced contract to the WE organisation is growing as the opposition Conservative Party is now seeking advice to launch a criminal investigation. The concern is over Trudeau’s personal and family connections with »