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Trudeau regrets granting contract to charity group

The Associated Press
Created: July 30, 2020 06:52 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he regrets granting a multi-million dollar contract to a charity group to administer a student grant program.

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Trudeau appeared before a parliamentary committee Thursday to testify on his government's decision to ask WE Charity to administer the $912-million program.

The prime minister faced questions from the House of Commons Finance Committee as part of the parliamentary probe into the nearly $1 billion  program.

He insisted that the charity was chosen on the advice of the nonpartisan public service.

"I should have recused myself knowing the connections between my family and the perceptions around this issue," Trudeau told lawmakers.

WE Charity backed out of administering the program in early July amid a controversy over the awarding the organization a sole-sourced contract despite its close ties to the Trudeau family.

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