Conservatives call for emergency meeting of the Government Operations and Estimates Committee

July 7, 2020
OTTAWA – Conservative members of the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates have called for an emergency meeting to discuss Justin Trudeau’s decision to give an untendered and sole-sourced contract for the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) to We Charity, as well as other sole-source contracts the Liberal government has given this organization.  
MPs Kelly Block, Kelly McCauley, and Ziad Aboultaif today sent a letter to the Chair of the Government Operations and Estimates Committee requesting the emergency meeting.
At the emergency meeting, Conservative MPs intend to put forward the following motion:
That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), the committee undertake an emergency study of four meetings into the awarding by the federal government of a $900 million sole-sourced contract to WE Charity, as well as prior contracts to this organization; that the study include an inquiry as to why the federal public service was unable to administer the Canada Student Service Grant; and that the following Ministers be invited to appear as a witness: the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, the President of the Treasury Board, the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada, and the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth.
“Canadians deserve to know why Justin Trudeau handed a $900 million sole-sourced contract to an organization with close ties to his family and the Liberal Party of Canada,” said MP Block. “While the Liberals abruptly backtracked and announced that WE Charity will no longer be managing the student grant program, there are a number of outstanding questions regarding Justin Trudeau’s claim that this charity was the ‘best and only organization able to deliver’ the program.”
The full letter can be read here.