Trudeau denies ‘preferential treatment’ in ethics scandal

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Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday denied taking part in any position in choosing a charity with ties to his household to manage a serious authorities programme.

Trudeau is being investigated by Canada’s ethics watchdog for doable conflict-of-interest violations. Testimony by a Canadian prime minister earlier than a parliamentary committee could be very uncommon.

“WE Charity received no preferential treatment, not from me, not from anyone else. The public service recommended WE Charity. I did absolutely nothing to influence that recommendation”, Trudeau stated Thursday.

He added he solely realized that the charity had been beneficial by the general public service for the programme in early May.

Trudeau has already apologised publicly for taking part within the Cabinet determination to select WE Charity to administer the grant program. The charity backed out shortly after this system was introduced.