PM Trudeau apologizes for not recusing himself from WE volunteering decision

PM Trudeau apologizes for not recusing himself from WE volunteering decision

"New Democrats believe in getting to the bottom of this and the more answers we get (including from Trudeau and Morneau) the quicker we can get those answers for the Canadian public", he said in a statement.

As such, Trudeau said the federal government "will be discussing with our American partners what the next steps should be, and we will have more to say later this week, I'm sure". "I know people have concerns about it, I get that".

"I made a mistake not recusing myself immediately from the discussions, given our family's history".

The grant program, meant to help students struggling to find summer jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic, has been stymied by the controversy and the government is now looking for a different way to administer it.

In the meantime, he added, "we're going to continue to work hard to keep Canadians safe and to work hard to keep our economies flowing".

Trudeau said he knew his family worked with the charity, but said he was unaware of how much they had been paid.

Doug Ford, premier of Ontario, Canada's most populous province, on Monday said the situation in Florida was "staggering" and "scary".

WE Charity disclosed last week that between 2016-2020 it paid honoraria to Trudeau's mother, Margaret, amounting to C$250,000 for speaking at some 28 events, while his brother Alexandre received about C$32,000.

Canada's ethics commissioner in investigating Trudeau over the matter.

Trudeau has faced accusations of cronyism and allegations of a conflict of interest over his past connections with WE since it was announced last month that the charity would be running the Canada Student Services Grant.

His apology came amid opposition demands for an investigation into a US$900 million contract awarded by the government to development and youth advocacy organization WE Charity.

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