Trudeau funnels $900 million student program through friends at WE Charity: Conservatives demand investigation

Trudeau funnels $900 million student program through friends at WE Charity: Conservatives demand investigation

Members of the Conservative Party of Canada sent a letter to the Auditor General on Sunday requesting that both the Canada Student Service Grant and its disbursement outsourcing to WE Charity be included in the AG's final report to Parliament on the Trudeau government's COVID-19 spending.

Earlier this month, interim Sylvain Ricard told the House of Commons finance committee that the AG office had suspended work on all but three audits due to lack of resources. Since that announcement was made, the assistant auditor general Karen Hogan was appointed to the Auditor General position, taking over from interim AG Ricard.

Last Monday, Hogan admitting to the House finance committee that her office had to be “selective” in choosing which of Trudeau's COVID-19 programs to audit:

“Given our current resourcing and funding levels, we need to be selective when deciding on the audits that we conduct; we will not be able to audit each, and every federal program associated with Canada's COVID-19 response.”

The letter, signed by MPs Pierre Poilievre, Dan Albas and Raquel Dancho, points to Hogan's admission and requests the inclusion of the $900 million CSSG program and its funnel through Trudeau's friends at the international WE Charity in her office's report.

You can read our original report on Trudeau's ties to the WE Charity here.

Karen Hogan was first brought on to the auditor general's office in 2006.