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Ottawa, Jul 25 (Canadian-Media): Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau have been called to resign by Andrew Scheer, Conservative leader, amid the ongoing WE Charity scandal, during a press briefing on July 24.
Justin Trudeau. Image credit: Facebook page
Scheer said in the press briefing that the entire WE Charity affair has been nothing short of "corruption at the highest level" and added both Trudeau and Morneau chose to use the novel coronavirus pandemic as cover for their actions.
"We are in an unprecedented crisis, we are facing a fiscal situation that is completely unprecedented and we are facing the health consequences of the virus and the economic fallout. And that is precisely why [Trudeau and Morneau] need to step aside," Scheer said during the press briefing.
Canada's Liberal government had given sole-source contract of $670-million to WE Charity to administer a government-sponsored student volunteer program.
After explicitly calling for the first time for resignation of the prime minister Trudeau to step down, Conservative Party has also called for additional criminal and lobbying probes into the relationship between the Canadian government and the WE Charity.
Although, both Trudeau and Morneau have apologized for not recusing themselves from the decision-making process, they have so far rejected the calls to resign despite revelations of their close family ties to the We Charity
Both Trudeau and Morneau said that the decision to award the contract was recommended by the public service.
However, Trudeau and Morneau are now subjects of a Conflict of Interest investigation by the Ethics Commissioner, the third ethic probe for both during their five years in office.