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Trudeau 'pushed back' on charity contract over family ties
Trudeau 'pushed back' on charity contract over family ties

Ottawa, July 31 (TIWN) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that despite his family's ties with a charity, he did not place himself in a conflict of interest through his involvement in cabinet discussions on getting the group to run a now-halted C$900 million student grant program.

"I was not in a position of conflict of interest. I apologized because of the perception (over) ties with my family. I should have recused myself," CBC News quoted Trudeau as saying to a House of Commons committee on Thursday.  The Prime Minister has been under fire since June 25 when his government granted the WE Charity group a sole-sourced contract to run the program.  The Trudeau family has a close relationship with the organization.  The Canadian leader's wife, mother and brother were allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for their appearances at WE Charity events.

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