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The Chair (Hon. Wayne Easter (Malpeque, Lib.)): We will officially call the meeting to order. Welcome to meeting 45 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. We are meeting on governmen...
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Ms. Michelle Douglas (Former Chair of the Board of Directors, WE Charity, As an Individual): Thank you very much, Chair. Good afternoon, everyone. I'd like to thank you, Chair and members of the comm...
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The Chair: Thank you very much, Ms. Douglas, for those remarks. I know I speak for the committee when I say thank you for your service to the country through the military, your service as a public ser...
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Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, CPC): Thank you for your service to Canada, Madam Douglas, and for your testimony today. You indicate that the board was told that WE Charity did not pay speakers. Is...
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Ms. Michelle Douglas: Yes....
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Hon. Pierre Poilievre: How did they communicate—...
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Ms. Michelle Douglas: Let me be more precise: at WE Days....
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Hon. Pierre Poilievre: At WE Days. Okay. Were you under the impression that they paid speakers at other events?...
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Ms. Michelle Douglas: Employees spoke at other events, and of course they were compensated, but—...
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Hon. Pierre Poilievre: Speaking fees?...
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Ms. Michelle Douglas: No, I don't believe so....
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Hon. Pierre Poilievre: So, to your knowledge, no one on the board was ever informed that speaking fees would be paid for outside participants to come to WE events and give speeches....
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Ms. Michelle Douglas: At least for WE Days, which was the focus of our inquiries, that was my understanding....
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Hon. Pierre Poilievre: Were you surprised to learn that Margaret, Sophie and Sacha Trudeau received over $300,000 in speaking fees?...
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Ms. Michelle Douglas: I don't know the precise nature of what they were paid for, but if it was exclusively to speak on the WE Day stage, that would have surprised me....
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Hon. Pierre Poilievre: Would it have surprised you if it was to speak at any other event related to the WE Charity?...
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Ms. Michelle Douglas: I never made inquiries into that kind of adjunct or associated area, so I just don't know about that particular aspect....
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Hon. Pierre Poilievre: Did the Kielburgers or WE Charity ever expressly communicate to the board that speakers were not paid for WE Day events?...
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Ms. Michelle Douglas: They did....
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Hon. Pierre Poilievre: They did. Okay....
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Ms. Michelle Douglas: Or that may have come from the executive director of the organization, but I know that the board made inquiries into that....
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Hon. Pierre Poilievre: Who was that executive director?...
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Ms. Michelle Douglas: It was one of two. I can't be precise on the time. It was either Scott Baker or Dalal Al-Waheidi....
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Hon. Pierre Poilievre: Thank you. The Kielburgers justified their mass layoffs in March on the basis of the financial trouble that they anticipated would be linked to the coronavirus outbreak. Did I ...
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Ms. Michelle Douglas: Well, they were certainly seized with issues surrounding the impact from the virus, and I know that the organization was being impacted significantly. For example, schools were c...