May 13, 2021
By Christine Ross
Canada’s ethics watchdog has found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not breach the Conflict-of-Interest Act when he failed to recuse himself from cabinet discussions to have WE Charity operate a federal student-volunteer program.
But federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion found that former finance minister Bill Morneau did violate the rules and should have recused himself. He left cabinet and resigned as an MP in the face of this controversy last summer.
Dion says Morneau “gave WE preferential treatment by permitting his ministerial staff to disproportionately assist it when it sought federal funding.”