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Canadian News Aug 21, 2020 2:30 PM EST

WE Charity feared potential 'scandal' due to Trudeau family ties—officials dismissed concerns

Files reveal that managers from the Department of Employment pushed aside a potential scandal, calling it "politics" and that there "will be noise but that's politics."

WE Charity feared potential 'scandal' due to Trudeau family ties—officials dismissed concerns
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC

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Executives at the WE Charity were wary of a scandal, fearing that the multi-million dollar deal with the Trudeau government would "take a life of its own."

In a document released among the 5,000 WE-related files, handwritten notes titled Call With We show that charity managers believed the deal was in "uncharted territory," according to Blacklock's Reporter.

Senior assistant deputy minister of employment Rachel Wernick wrote the following notes: "concern, taking life of its own," "social media, Erin O'Toole," "media/requests," and most perhaps most notably, "scandal."

Wernick's notes on the teleconference with WE Staff the next day also complained about "social media reports" on the Trudeau family and WE Charity, with particular concern over Access to Information requests being filed. In a previous note, Wernick simply noted, "disaster."

Additionally, files reveal that managers from the Department of Employment pushed aside a potential scandal, calling it "politics" and that there "will be noise but that's politics."

"The more I reflect, the more I think you shouldn’t worry," wrote Deputy Minister Graham Flack before dismissing a potential scandal as "politics."

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