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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?
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 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.
View Wayne Easter Profile
Lib. (PE)
Mr. Poilievre, I'm not going to argue with you. It may be a motion that could be put in Parliament, but as to the business of this committee, I am ruling that motion out of order.
Are we ready to adjourn?
The meeting is adjourned.
View Michael Barrett Profile
CPC (ON)
I have just a couple of seconds left, so it's a quick question.
What grade would you give Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his adherence to ethics laws since being elected in 2015?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Chair, and thank you, Prime Minister.
What is the total dollar value of all the expenses reimbursed, fees paid to and any other consideration provided by the WE group to you, your mother, your spouse, your brother and any other member of your family? I'd like just the total, please.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
You're telling me you don't know how much immediate family members have been paid in expense reimbursements by this organization.
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
Mr. Prime Minister, it's very hard to believe you don't have that number. You've been embroiled in this scandal for over a month now and these kinds of questions have been asked repeatedly.
I asked this of you in the House of Commons weeks ago. You've had time to get it, so I'll ask again. How much was your spouse reimbursed by WE for her recent trip to London?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
They have not shared those expenses, Prime Minister. They have refused to tell us the itemized expenses for that trip. They didn't even confirm she was on that trip.
What hotel did they pay for her to stay at?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
Okay. This would have been a very expensive trip, and it would have been paid for in March. Your government then, a month later, was amassing a program of a half a billion dollars, which you now admit you helped approve a month after that. How could you possibly have believed that it was appropriate for you to approve a nearly half-billion-dollar grant to a group that only 60 days earlier was paying for sumptuous travels for immediate members of your family?
View Pierre Poilievre Profile
CPC (ON)
When you became involved with the decision to approve the half-billion-dollar grant to WE Charity on May 5, did you then immediately inform the Ethics Commissioner that you were doing that and also inform the Ethics Commissioner that this group was paying expenses for your spouse?
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