This is really beyond the pale. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now redefined the meaning of the term “volunteer” to squander more money. He and his wife have worked with an organization that was chosen to administer the federal government’s COVID-19 student “volunteer” program.
Trudeau said, “The WE organization is the only organization in Canada that has the scale and ability to deliver volunteer opportunities for young people right across the country at all levels of organizations”.
The WE “charity” is tied to the prime minister’s wife who is the WE ambassador. She earlier made a trip to England to speak at an event for WE Day. Although the prime minister admitted doing volunteer work for the charity in the past, he maintained the decision to administer the program – which is estimated to cost just under $1 billion – was made solely by public service.
There was no indication given whether his wife would cut her ties with the program.
This program will send between $1,000 to $5,000 to eligible post-secondary students who complete “volunteer” work, for which they will be paid $1,000 per 100 hours of “volunteer” work done until Oct. 31.
Even those who support the prime minister must see that the cost of this program is nonsensical when there are so many more pressing needs during this pandemic. It’s a blatant attempt to buy the youth vote using taxpayer money and it is disgraceful. He fails to understand that a volunteer is an unpaid worker, not someone paid up to $5,000.
Trudeau, with the support of the NDP, has stifled Parliament, preventing the Opposition questioning him on his reckless spending. He has used the pandemic as an excuse/reason for his scandalous behaviour.