Scan­dal as Trudeau’s char­ity links re­vealed

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THE char­ity at the heart of an ethics in­ves­ti­ga­tion tar­get­ing Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau paid mem­bers of his fam­ily for speak­ing en­gage­ments, Cana­dian me­dia re­ported.

WE Char­ity paid Mar­garet Trudeau, the prime min­is­ter’s mother, $250,000 for speeches at 28 events be­tween 2016 and 2020, ac­cord­ing to the Cana­dian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion.

The rev­e­la­tion seemed “to con­tra­dict WE Char­ity’s ear­lier claim that it had never paid an hon­o­rar­ium to Mar­garet Trudeau,” the broad­caster said in a re­port on its web­site.

WE Char­ity paid Justin Trudeau’s brother Alexan­dre $32,000 for his par­tic­i­pa­tion in eight events, the CBC re­ported.

It also said the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice had con­firmed that his wife Sophie “re­ceived $1500” for par­tic­i­pat­ing in a WE event in 2012, be­fore Trudeau took over the lead­er­ship of the Lib­eral Party.

Canada’s ethics watch­dog said has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the prime min­is­ter, af­ter a con­tro­ver­sial con­tract to man­age a ma­jor gov­ern­ment pro­gram was awarded to WE Char­ity in June.

The Con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion blasted Trudeau for the “scan­dalous” rev­e­la­tions.

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