Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his chief of staff, Katie Telford, testified before the House of Commons finance committee Thursday about the government’s decision to appoint WE Charity to run a massive student grant program amid the COVID-19 crisis. Here’s what you need to know about some of the MPs that questioned the PM.
Chaired by a long-time Liberal MP, with a Conservative vice-chair and a Bloc Québécois vice-chair, the committee has nine other members: five Liberal MPs, three Conservative and one representing the NDP. Committee members often cede their time to allow other MPs to ask questions.
Liberal MP Wayne Easter is the chair of the finance committee. He has represented the constituency of Malpeque on Prince Edward Island since 1993. He was elected chair of the finance committee in 2015. His official bio states he was raised on a farm in P.E.I. and was awarded the Governor General’s Canada 125 Medal in 1992, for community service.
Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre represents Carleton in Ontario and is one of two vice-chairs of the finance committee. In mid July, Poilievre called on finance minister Bill Morneau to resign from cabinet after Morneau revealed previously undisclosed interactions with WE Charity.
RHÉAL ÉLOI FORTIN
Bloc Québécois MP Rhéal Éloi Fortin was elected to Rivière-du-Nord in October 2015. He served as interim leader of Bloc in 2015 after Gilles Duceppe stepped down as leader, according to the Canadian Press.
NDP MP Charles Angus has represented Timmins—James Bay in Ontario since 2004.
Angus has also ran for the leadership of the New Democrats in 2017. Before entering parliament, Angus worked at a shelter, ran a magazine with his wife dedicated to northern politics and culture, and organized opposition of the Adams Mine garbage dump in the 1990s.
Liberal MP Sean Fraser has represented Central Nova in Nova Scotia. He worked as a lawyer before winning the riding in 2015. Fraser and his wife, Sarah, have a young daughter, Molly.
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Liberal Julie Dzerowicz representing the Toronto riding of Davenport. She is a member of the finance committee, with an MBA from the University of British Columbia. She spent more than two decades working in private sector banking and biotech before her election to parliament.