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The WE Charity's co-founders publicly attacked Stephen Harper and his government in 2012. The WE organization have routinely stated that they do not have a political orientation.
In an interview on The George Stroumboulopoulos Show, the host asked the Kielburger brothers (the WE Charity co-founders) whether there is someone who deserves "a kick in the ass."
"I would say the prime minister," responded Marc Kielburger. After this comment, both brothers gave out a hearty laugh.
"We're not feeling so good about some of the recent policies, especially around pulling Canada out of Kyoto and many other activities as well."
"I think Canada could do a little bit better on the world stage," added Marc.
The Liberal Party's connections to the Kielburger brothers have become public over recent weeks after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chose to award a contract to the WE organization.
This immediately attracted attention as it was unclear why the civil service could not perform the task allocated to the charity.
After this, the relationship between the WE organization and the Trudeau government was brought to the public's attention. Trudeau, it turns out, was personal friends with the co-founders. His wife hosted a podcast for the organization; his close family had received money from the charity, and he had appeared at multiple events hosted by the organization.
It didn't stop at Trudeau. The Finance Minister Bill Morneau, for instance, had two children who either worked for the charity or were promoted by it. Katie Telford (who works as Trudeau's chief of staff) created a charity that fundraised on behalf of WE. Minister O'Regan served as that charity's honorary head.
Neither Trudeau, O'Regan, Morneau or Telford recused themselves from the decision to award the charity this contract—leading to an investigation by the Ethics Commissioner. If Trudeau is found guilty, this would be his third violation.
In a polling report released today, both the Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau have suffered as a result of this scandal.