Tories ask auditor general to probe ‘outsourcing’ of $900M student aid program

Trudeau defended employing WE Charity to administer the program last week

OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives are calling for an investigation into the Liberal government’s decision to have an international charity administer a $900-million program designed to help students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter to Auditor General Karen Hogan today, the Conservatives say the decision to “outsource” the Canada Student Service Grant to WE Charity undermines Parliament’s ability to monitor the program.

They also note Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s previous links to the organization.

Trudeau defended employing WE Charity to administer the program last week despite the group’s ties to the prime minister and his wife, who hosts one of the organization’s podcasts.

Trudeau said the decision to use WE was made by the non-partisan public service, not by him.

The grant provides eligible students with up to $5,000 for volunteer work with non-profit organizations helping to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Flooding hits town on the afternoon of July 7th

Severe afternoon rain sent some folks out to explore in ‘creative’ ways

Stettler Town & Country Museum almost back to full hours

Some buildings are closed due to ongoing hail damage repairs

46 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday in Alberta

Province has completed more than 500,000 COVID-19 tests

A look back – marking the opening of the new Town Office on the corner of Main Street and 49th Ave. in 1966

The opening was attended by deputy premiere A. J. Hooke, who acted as the main speaker at the ceremony

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

Biden-Sanders task forces unveil joint goals for party unity

Biden-Sanders task forces unveil joint goals for party unity

Oxfam: Pandemic pushing millions to brink of starvation

Oxfam: Pandemic pushing millions to brink of starvation

Houston scraps Texas GOP’s in-person convention due to virus

Houston scraps Texas GOP’s in-person convention due to virus

UN Council rejects Russia bid to limit Syrian aid deliveries

UN Council rejects Russia bid to limit Syrian aid deliveries

Health official: Trump rally ‘likely’ source of virus surge

Health official: Trump rally ‘likely’ source of virus surge

Officer to Floyd: ‘It takes … a lot of oxygen to talk’

Officer to Floyd: ‘It takes … a lot of oxygen to talk’

Bolsonaro becomes ‘poster boy’ for unproven virus treatment

Bolsonaro becomes ‘poster boy’ for unproven virus treatment

Via to temporarily layoff about 1,000 workers as pandemic impacts its business

Via to temporarily layoff about 1,000 workers as pandemic impacts its business

Most Read