Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denied on Thursday that a charity picked by the government to manage a major student grant programme received preferential treatment, although it had ties to his family.
The escalating scandal over a multimillion-dollar programme granted to WE Charity Canada has hurt Trudeau in the polls, with his Liberal Party slipping to a four-point lead over the opposition Conservatives, an Abacus Data poll showed Thursday.
The Liberal-led government’s popularity had soared amid Canada’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.
“WE Charity received no preferential treatment, not from me, not from anyone else,” Trudeau said in an opening statement. “The public service recommended WE Charity. I did absolutely nothing to influence that recommendation.”
“How much?,” “Just the dollar figure.”: MP Pierre Poilievre repeatedly asks PM Trudeau how much money his family has been paid by WE.
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