Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized today for not excluding a charity NGO that has paid large sums of money to his family from discussions about a government contract.
“I made a mistake by not immediately excluding myself from the discussions, given our family history. And I am sincerely sorry,” he said at a news conference.
His apology came amid opposition complaints about a millionaire contract awarded by the government to the youth development and defense organization WE Charity.
The NGO admitted to having paid the equivalent of US $ 220,000 to Trudeau’s mother, brother and wife for exhibitions and lectures.
And Trudeau himself admitted to having participated in negotiations with the NGO about the contract. He said he knew that his mother Margaret worked for WE as a lawyer on mental health issues.
“I didn’t know in detail how many organizations were paying you, but you should know and I am deeply sorry,” said Trudeau.
On Sunday, Canada’s conservative opposition party said it would ask Trudeau to testify under oath before the House of Commons finance committee about the contract.
“Either the Prime Minister can voluntarily agree to appear and appear – that’s what he will do if he has nothing to hide – or Parliament can force him to appear,” said conservative lawmaker Pierre Poilievre.