(Ottawa) Stating that China has never attempted to interfere in the Canadian democratic process through the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Alexandre Trudeau attacked in eight points, and above all unceremoniously, the former leader and president of the organization’s director, Pascale Fournier.
“No state or individual has attempted to influence the Canadian government through the Foundation,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s younger brother said firmly before the Standing Committee on Access to Information. Information, Privacy and Ethics, Wednesday.
It is therefore not “a case of interference”, but rather “a management crisis fueled by serious faults committed by our ex-president [Pascale Fournier]”, he continued. before setting out eight allegations against her.
Immediately after his opening statement, Conservative MP Michael Barrett wanted to question Alexandre Trudeau on the fact that it was he who had signed, on behalf of the Foundation, the contract formalizing the promised donation of $200,000, of which only $140 $000 has been paid.
Before the same committee, last Friday, Pascale Fournier had expressed her incomprehension with regard to this aspect. His successor, Morris Rosenberg, meanwhile argued Tuesday that if Alexandre Trudeau had initialed the contract, it was for symbolic reasons.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s youngest son had himself requested an invitation to appear before the committee. “I’m ready to say everything I know about the Foundation. It’s urgent! “, he insisted in an interview with the daily Le Devoir last week.
As his brother’s testimony approached on Wednesday morning, Justin Trudeau said he would “explain very well what happened and his perspective”, while mentioning that the two had “not spoken to each other since several weeks “.