With temperatures in Edmonton hitting 30C+ constituency office intern Josh Hui and I decided to hand out bottled water to folks in the inner city, many of whom are living on the streets.
Edmonton City Council has mandated the use of face masks in all indoor public spaces.
I’m of the view this is a call that should have been left to the province’s top health official, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
Nearly every day more damning information comes out about the deal that would’ve handed hundreds of millions of dollars to a Liberal friendly organization.
On Thursday, the prime minister testified to the finance committee but as usual, didn’t actually answer any questions.
He couldn’t even answer how much his family has been paid by WE Charity, although he was asked that question directly several times.
Instead of taking responsibility for his conflict of interest, he’s throwing civil servants under the bus.
Yet, the timeline in this case paints a very clear picture of corruption at the highest levels of government.
The Canada Student Service Grant was announced on April 22.
However, a member of the Prime Minister’s Office spoke with WE about their proposal on May 5, the same day that WE was allowed to start charging expenses for administering the program.
Yet, cabinet didn’t approve the proposal until May 22 — two and a half weeks later!
So why was WE so sure that they were going to be approved?
To answer that, you only need to look at the cozy relationship between Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau, the Liberal Party and WE.
By LORNE GUNTER
Here’s the line from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Thursday testimony before the House of Commons finance committee that best sums up what is wrong in the WE Charity scandal.
Trudeau claimed he only learned about the federal civil service’s recommendation to hand the WE Charity control of a huge student volunteer grant program a few hours before a cabinet meeting in early May.
He resisted, he said. Instructed the civil service to look things over a second time. Check that all the i’s had been dotted and the t’s crossed before they brought such a lucrative proposal back to cabinet two weeks later.
“I actually slowed it down,” Trudeau claimed of the WE proposal, “and pushed back on it to make sure everything was done exactly right because I knew questions would be asked about the links to my family.”
And there’s the important phrase. Not I “slowed it down” or I “pushed back,” but rather “I knew questions would be asked about the links to my family.”
(Read the full column by Lorne Gunter, Edmonton Sun here)
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