Canadian finance minister Bill Morneau is being examined by the commissioner of ethics for his alleged role in a potential conflict of interest that has already passed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the authorities have confirmed.
The commissioner’s office, Mario Dion, has stated that Morneau is under investigation “at the request of several parliamentarians” for a “possible violation” of the conflict of interests law. “A report will be released when the review is complete,” he added.
The case results from the government’s mandate to the NGO We Charity to manage a summer scholarship program for students for CAD 900 million (approximately EUR 590 million). The program gives students access to university courses based on the number of volunteer hours they devote in the summer.
The NGO is closely linked to the Trudeau family, and one of the finance minister’s daughters also works there. Therefore, Morneau apologized for not apologizing “to avoid perceiving conflicts (of interests)”.