Trudeau apologizes for not recusing himself from decision

Trudeau apologizes for not recusing himself from decision

Trudeau apologizes for not recusing himself from decision

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted on Monday that he "made a mistake" in not recusing himself "immediately" from discussions about whether WE Charity should administer a federal student grant program.

Although the charity has been in the hot seat before, they came under increased scrutiny at the end of June when the federal government announced that they were partnering with WE to create the Canadian Student Services Grant.

"I'm sincerely sorry (for) not having done that", Trudeau said.

"We've long worked on youth issues, both as before I got into politics and since I've been in politics as youth critic, getting young people involved in serving their country, recognizing their desire to build a bigger, better Canada, particularly through this time of crisis, is something I believe in deeply", said Trudeau.

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". "I take responsibility for it".

WE Charity said in their statement that additional pay had been provided "based on tenure" and that contractors had been compensated for the time that they had worked.

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

On Sunday, Canada's opposition Conservative Party said it would ask Trudeau to testify under oath before the House of Commons finance committee about the contract. It is the third ethics investigation Trudeau has faced.

WE itself was promised up to $19 million in payment, depending on the number of students who were recruited to participate. Students could volunteer up to 500 hours of work with community organizations to earn the maximum $5,000 Canadian (US$3,668) toward their postsecondary education costs. He was not sanctioned or penalized.

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