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Trudeau, chief of staff to testify Thursday on WE deal

Last Updated Jul 27, 2020 at 2:35 pm EDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rises during a sitting of the Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic in the House of Commons in Ottawa on July 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Trudeau and his chief of staff Katie Telford are scheduled to testify Thursday afternoon

Morneau testified before the committee last week

WE backed out of the program in early July citing the controversy over the Liberals handing it a sole-sourced deal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to testify Thursday afternoon about his government’s decision to get the WE organization to run a summer student-volunteer program.

His chief of staff Katie Telford is to follow him for questioning by the House of Commons finance committee.

WE backed out of the program in early July, citing the controversy over the Liberals’ handing the organization a sole-sourced deal despite its ties to Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

Several members of Trudeau’s family have been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars between them for appearances at WE events, most notably his mother Margaret.

And Morneau, whose daughter works for the organization, admitted last week to having not repaid more than $41,000 in travel expenses for visiting WE projects, saying it was an accidental oversight.

The opposition Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois have called on both to resign.