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Sofia Marquez
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Sofia Marquez
2020-08-13 15:13
They are Amit Singh, a political staffer, as well as...she's been a witness, Michelle Kovacevic. I think that's her last name.
View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
Thanks, Mr. Chair.
Thanks to our witnesses for being here. We hope you stay safe and healthy during this pandemic, and we appreciate your providing some answers, because there have been a lot of contradictions through this saga.
Ms. Marquez, I have a number of questions for you around meetings, if you don't mind. The first is, we've had testimony at this committee from Minister Chagger testifying that on April 17 she had a meeting with Craig Kielburger and a WE official.
Did you arrange that meeting and were you the other person on that call?
View Peter Julian Profile
NDP (BC)
Did you arrange the meeting as well?
Could you let us know if the minister at that point informed you and Mr. Kielburger about any details about what became the CSSG?
Sofia Marquez
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Sofia Marquez
2020-08-13 15:34
The conversation at that point was within the context of having already shared our social entrepreneurship proposal. We had the opportunity to talk to the minister about the current state of affairs of how WE as an organization was pivoting many of its programs into a virtual setting and what we were seeing on the ground in real time because of the pandemic. It was a combination of both of those things.
View Rhéal Fortin Profile
BQ (QC)
Okay.
On May 8, we learned that the Prime Minister had reservations about the contract and that he postponed the decision until the next cabinet meeting, on May 22. So, if I understand correctly, you were not at the meeting on May 8, but you were at the meeting on May 22.
Was there any discussion of a potential conflict of interest for the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance?
View Mary Ng Profile
Lib. (ON)
We had a meeting on the 22nd. This is where we as a cabinet discussed this item. Of course, I'm not going to get into the details of the discussion at cabinet, but I know that both the Prime Minister and the finance minister have spoken to this committee and publicly and indicated that they should have recused themselves from that May 22 cabinet meeting, and have apologized for not doing so.
View Mary Ng Profile
Lib. (ON)
Monsieur Fortin, I am not at liberty to share the discussions in cabinet, but I can say that both the minister and Prime Minister have indicated that they—
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
All right. Thank you very much.
It is as follows: “Whereas the Prime Minister shut down Parliament in March; whereas a modified and limited parliamentary committee of the whole has only met five times in the last two months, most recently today, August 12, 2020, from which the Prime Minister was absent to take a “personal day”; whereas his absence meant he could not answer questions about his $500-million grant he made to a group that had paid his family more than $500,000 in fees and expenses; whereas the Prime Minister has taken off 20 days in six weeks, meaning nearly half of the calendar days have been days off—”
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
It is, and here it is. It's that “The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance calls on the government to suspend the Prime Minister's pay until he returns to work and takes questions in Parliament.”
View Wayne Easter Profile
Lib. (PE)
I really don't think that motion is in order. I'll have to defer to the clerk, but I don't think it relates to the business of this committee, so I'm ruling it out of order.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
Well, Mr. Chair, if I may, it does relate to the business of this committee because of the “whereas” referring to the $500-million grant to WE. That is a COVID grant that was authorized under COVID spending, for which this committee has been given the exclusive authority.
Furthermore, pay for members of the government is a financial matter.
The Chair: Mr. Poilievre—
Hon. Pierre Poilievre: This is the finance committee, so it is very much in order.
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