On March 8, it was announced that members of the House of Commons ethics committee reached a unanimous vote to summon the co-founders of the WE Charity, Craig and Marc Kielburger, to testify.
The brothers have until March 12 to appear. The committee is requesting to hear information about the ongoing scrutiny of the federal agreement under PM Justin Trudeau’s leadership to have WE manage a student services grant program, that has since been cancelled.
The National Post reported that the lawyer of WE Charity co-founders, William McDowell, stated the brothers will accept the call to appear but only if they can be accompanied by counsel.
It has been alleged that the co-founders engaged in dubious donor recognition practices, something that NDP MP Charlie Angus has brought to the attention of both the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) and the RCMP for investigation. WE Charity has been under fire after a federal contract was given to it to administer the Canada Student Summer Grant program (CSSG) which was valued at a total of $912 million.
Ever since then, the brothers have been under investigation due to allegations of financial fraud, with Angus calling on the Charity to be more transparent.