Red Deer-Mountain View MP Reacts To Liberal Government's WE Charity Controversy

Earl Dreeshen, the Red Deer-Mountain View MP, believes Finance Minister Bill Morneau should resign as a result of the Liberal government's WE Charity controversy.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau faced calls for his resignation last week after revealing he had just repaid over $41,000 in travel charges to the WE Charity.

The federal ethics commissioner is already investigating Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's and Morneau's role in giving the WE organization a contract to run the Canada Student Service Grant, which the government presented as a way to help students with education expenses as they faced a summer of unemployment in a COVID-19-stricken economy.

Both have apologized for not recusing themselves from discussions because of ties their families had to the organization - Trudeau because of speaking fees paid to his brother, mother and wife, and Morneau because one of his daughters is nearing the end of a one-year contract in an administrative role.

Red Deer-Mountain View MP Earl Dreeshen believes Morneau should step down.

Dreeshen says one of the things he wants to hear from the WE Charity founders this week is why this money was presented to a shell company.

He says it is hard to grade which of these scandals and ethics violations involving the Prime Minister is the worst.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also agreed to testify before the House of Commons finance committee probing the aborted agreement with the WE Charity, a rare move for a prime minister. So will his chief of staff, Katie Telford.

Trudeau's is to appear before the committee on Thursday, July 30th.


(Contains content from The Canadian Press)

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