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View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Thank you to the witnesses. I appreciate all the responses to the questions that have been provided. A lot of the questions are starting to become repetitive.
My concern continues to be that this program was created to deliver $900 million to support students. The future of those funds is unclear, now that the program has not been implemented, and it's a huge loss of opportunity for the youth across our country.
My first question is about a July 3, 2020 news article. The editor-in-chief of The Charity Report stated that WE Charity has connections to “18,000 schools in Canada, the U.S. and the UK” making it “Canada's largest youth” network; however, “WE does not have those kinds of relationships with other non-profit organizations and charities” necessary to find placements for youth.
How effective would a charitable or non-profit organization such as WE Charity have been in recruiting and finding placements for student volunteers?
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you.
My next question is in regard to the $8 million that remains outstanding and is to be reimbursed. Could you tell us why this has not been paid? Why wasn't this paid along with the other portion of money you reimbursed? I'm sure there are people from ESDC watching, and maybe they need to hear this.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
I have one more question. This has been asked before, but I think it's important that everybody is clear on this situation.
I want you to confirm that the expenses incurred before the CA was signed were at WE's own risk. Can you tell us a little bit about why you would take that risk? It's a lot of money.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Thank you to Mr. Cameron for joining us today.
I want to ask about the Katimavik program. It's an Inuit name, an Inuit language name. I see it's located in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, but I don't see any projects in the north.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
You would have had the capacity to deliver in the Northwest Territories with the CSSG. Is that what you're saying?
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
I know historically we saw a lot of people from your organization in the north. We saw a lot of people in different communities, and I don't see that anymore. I don't see anybody from your organization in the communities, and I travel right across the Northwest Territories.
Is that something as a result of the cuts that happened during the Harper government in 2012? You pulled back. You have a Inuit name, but you don't have a strong presence in the north.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
I'm sure the impacts in 2012 affected the Katimavik organization. How have the impacts that happened here for this youth opportunity affected your organization?
I think there are a lot of concerns around missed opportunity for the north, but there are also concerns about the ripple effects that have happened to charities and non-profit organizations that have missed out, including all the individuals who would have served and were served by those organizations from coast to coast to coast. Could you talk about that, including how this has impacted your organization?
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
I just want to point out that you have a really strong indigenous theme. You have a name that, in the Inuit language, means “meeting place”. You strongly support learning of the history of indigenous peoples. You support culture and truth and reconciliation. It would be nice to see some of your criteria go further than just English and French, to maybe use indigenous languages as something you're seeking also for your board members.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Thank you to the Prime Minister for joining us here today.
I'm glad that when the question was brought to the cabinet table to run a summer student program you said yes. I think it's very important that we do so, and I think it is something that we should continue to try to achieve.
This is our fifth meeting on the topic of government spending, WE and the Canada student service grant. Throughout this whole study my greatest concern is that, for the whole month since it was determined WE was no longer going to administer the program, the program is now in jeopardy. That is one whole month that youth have missed out on the experiences and assistance the Canada student service grant could have provided in many parts of the country, including here in the north—I'm the member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, for those that don't know—and indigenous communities. Many of our youth already face many barriers to opportunities that other parts of the country enjoy. We are remote. We struggle with connectivity. There's a high cost of living.
Is the government is going to address the fact that our youth have lost out because of this delay?
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you for that response.
I heard your response to my colleague when he asked about this program earlier. I'm hoping I can use this opportunity to encourage the delivery of this program, maybe through the public service instead, and the consideration of adjusting the original eligibility period to sometime down the road into October, or perhaps re-profiling the grant funding into another program to support young Canadians.
Is that something cabinet would be interested in talking about?
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
I just wanted to ask if he could lay out some of the challenges that the Canada service corps program faced that made it unable to deliver the program initially.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for the presentation today and for joining us to answer our many questions.
There is a lot of work that's been happening on this issue. As I mentioned to the Prime Minister, we have now had five meetings on this study. I think there are probably going to be two other committees, if they're not already in place, and reviewing and studying this is all happening in the middle of a pandemic.
After every session that we have, I always get a lot of calls. People ask me about certain concerns they have, certain issues that they don't understand, or they ask me to explain things.
You've mentioned the COVID committee a couple of times now. Could you elaborate a little bit on what it does and what its responsibilities are?
That's my first question.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Could you give us an idea of how many other programs have gone through the COVID committee and/or cabinet during this time period since this committee was formed?
I know there are many things on the go right now.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Through all these programs that you mentioned—and there are more that you didn't mention—is the advice of the public service taken on the implementation of all these different programs? Is there a mechanism for input from the public service?
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
I want to ask one final question, because it's very important to me. The opportunity to help students through a summer volunteer program was brought to cabinet, and a decision was either to make it happen or not to do anything about it. I'm glad that cabinet decided to go forward. Unfortunately, it rather went off the rails.
The need that was identified when initially cabinet was considering this program is still there. Is there opportunity to revisit this issue, maybe rejig the terms, maybe have a different agency deliver it, maybe change the time frame so that it goes even into October? Is there opportunity to do something like that to save what's left of the summer and maybe go into the fall to help the students? They still need the help.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I just want to make a few comments on the point of order that Mr. Poilievre raised.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
I just want to add to the discussion on the standard practice that Mr. Poilievre referred to regarding committee rules.
Mr. Chair, you are the longest-serving member of this committee. I think I've probably been here the longest on the Liberal side, and Mr. Poilievre was appointed the same day I was. We have a bit of history going back to the last government, and I remember quite clearly that our committee wrapped up on the hour, on the minute that it was scheduled to, and many times because Mr. Poilievre had to leave to go to another commitment.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
It's historical practice.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to say thank you to the presenters. Four hours is a long time to be sitting and answering questions, and we appreciate your coming forward. We're hearing a lot of information, so I appreciate that.
As an MP, I represent the Northwest Territories, and I have to admit that we have a limited presence in the north with WE Charity. It's certainly a complex organization, and it has become very apparent that it's supported by all parties, and all parties have people who have participated with WE. There's been a lot of media attention on your organization paying for high-profile individuals to travel on WE trips to other countries, such as in Africa, to see the impact of WE's global projects.
You said in a statement a few days ago that WE has invited several people—ambassadors and other people—to participate in these trips, and this is something that many international charities and humanitarian agencies do. They operate in a similar manner.
Could you tell us if WE Charity has taken Conservative or other parties, whether it be Conservative or NDP politicians, in the past to go on some of these trips? That's my first question.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
I was quite impressed when I looked at your organization, and it's very complex. It has many parts to it, many different subsidiaries. It also has many partnerships. The one that came to the forefront for me, as an indigenous person, was the aboriginal education initiative and the We Stand Together campaign, promoting indigenous history in the classrooms and creating awareness of first nations, Inuit and Métis realities facing our communities. It's something I talk about on a non-stop basis. It is very important to me.
I was very impressed with the number of people who come to your organization and speak on these initiatives. Could you maybe clarify it for me, when people come and do a cross-Canada speaking tour—I'm taking that not to be a WE Day but an auxiliary event that you spoke about—and they do get compensated, or their expenses get compensated? I think it's important that we separate the WE Day engagements from the auxiliary events, so people can understand that.
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Lib. (NT)
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Okay.
Michelle Douglas appeared just before you. She's a former chair of the board, as you know. She stated that she didn't know speakers received fees for speaking at WE events. Why would she not know that?
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Thank you to the witnesses for patiently answering all of the questions.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
This whole CSSG contract and the incident around it has received a lot of media attention. There's a lot of fallout on all sides from it, I think. Your organization has taken a loss. It has taken some monetary hit, but maybe and even bigger credibility hit.
The government and all the committees will probably be dealing with this for the rest of the summer. We may have up with to three committees investigating it, so it's going to consume us for probably the next month or so, if not longer.
What we're not hearing about is what this whole initiative was focused on, and that's the youth. That's what concerns me the most. We know youth now are facing a real loss of opportunity, and there may be no replacement program. I haven't seen it yet.
Could you talk about what shutting down this whole initiative, this program, is going to cost the youth? There were a lot of youth who were interested in this.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Mr. Chairman, I would like to ask Mr. Poilievre why he feels we should add three more hours to the presentation on top of the one hour that was previously planned.
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Mr. Chairman, I just want to point out that the clerk has notified us that the Canadian Federation of Students has withdrawn. Does that leave a slot open in that area? Is that time frame enough?
View Michael McLeod Profile
Lib. (NT)
Mr. Chair, I have another question for clarity. We had scheduled two presentations for 12 until one o'clock, for the one-hour period.
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