Canada's PM @JustinTrudeau Tries To Reset Amid Ethics Scandal And Economic Unease In Canada

There is never a good time to lose your finance chief — but the timing couldn't be worse for the embattled Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

There is never a good time to lose your finance chief — but the timing couldn't be worse for the embattled Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The scandal revolves around the WE charity, which is involved in international development as well as activities in Canada. Trudeau is facing opposition-led inquiries over his family's links to the charity and whether WE was favored when it was granted a multi-million contract for a Covid-19 relief program. The contract has since been canceled.

Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau tendered his resignation Monday amid an ethics scandal tied to a well-known and well-connected charity. The allegations involve a free trip and favoritism, and have entangled the Prime Minister himself.

For his part, Morneau revealed a few weeks ago that he did not repay more than $30,000 in travel expenses covered for him and his family by the WE Charity. During committee testimony in July, Morneau said he wrote a check that day to cover the private trips they took to Kenya and Ecuador in 2017 to tour WE projects. He described it as a personal “mistake.” Paula Newton, CNN/@CNN

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