EDITORIAL: Why can't Ottawa run its own programs?

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Whatever their relationship, there are many personal and financial ties between the Trudeau family, the Kielburgers and WE.

They include Trudeau speaking at WE events for free and publicly endorsing the charity, Trudeau’s mother and brother paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees and travel expenses by WE to appear at WE events, and the PM’s spouse serving as a WE ambassador with her expenses paid.

Next up is an $84-million contract to manage the Trudeau government’s Canada Emergency Commercial Rental Assistance program.

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The government farmed that out to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., a Crown agency, which decided after an internal review to hand it over it to MCAP, a mortgage finance company, where Robert Silver, husband of Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, is a senior executive.

Everyone involved says this decision was on the up and up with Telford obtaining pre-clearance from the office of Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion, and taking the extra step of setting up a “voluntary conflict screen” to insure nothing involving MCAP would cross her desk.

But again, it raises the issue of why these federal government pandemic relief programs, paid for by federal taxpayers, cannot be run in-house by the federal government?

Isn’t that what the public service is for?

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