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How to watch this week's hearings on the WE contract controversy

MPs studying a controversial contract between the government and the WE Charity organization are hearing this week from WE co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger and from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Kielburgers' testimony, originally scheduled for 90 minutes, was expanded to four hours — running from 1 to 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Trudeau and his chief of staff, Katie Telford, will appear Thursday.

The House of Commons finance committee began its hearings into the contribution agreement to administer a student volunteer grant program after the contract was terminated over controversy about the close ties between WE and Justin Trudeau's family. Trudeau's mother and brother were both paid for speaking appearances with WE in recent years.

Trudeau said he did not recuse himself from cabinet discussions on the decision to award WE the contract.

The deal drew further scrutiny when it was revealed that members of Finance Minister Bill Morneau's family work for WE and have appeared at WE events.

Morneau appeared before the committee last week, where he revealed he had just repaid $41,000 for trips he and his family took with WE in 2017.

This week, the committee will hear from principals on both sides. Here is how to follow the proceedings. 


Who appeared:

  • Michelle Douglas, former chair of the board of WE Charity.
  • WE co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger.
Watch WE co-founders Craig and Mark Kielburger's full appearance before the House of Commons Finance committee probing the Liberal government's decision to select the charity to administer the Liberal government's $900 million student grant program. 6:46:40

How to catch up:

  • Rewatch the Kielburgers' full committee hearing appearance here or in the player above, and watch the full committee hearing on CBC Politics' Facebook page.
  • Watch CBC News Network's Power & Politics with host Vassy Kapelos for analysis of the hearings, 5 to 7 p.m. ET, on CBC News Network and CBC Gem.


Scheduled to appear:

  • 3 to 4 p.m. ET: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  • 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. ET: Katie Telford, chief of staff to the prime minister

How to watch:

  • Watch special coverage with host Rosemary Barton on CBC Television, CBC News Network and CBC Gem, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. ET.
  • Watch the committee hearings live on and on the CBC News app, Facebook and Twitter starting at 3 p.m. ET.
  • CBC News Network's Power & Politics and host Vassy Kapelos will have analysis of the hearings, 5:30 to 7 p.m. ET, on CBC News Network and CBC Gem.
  • For more news and analysis, listen to World at 6 on CBC Radio One at 6 p.m. or on the CBC Listen app.
  • And for a full wrap on the day, watch The National at 10 p.m. on CBC Television, 9 p.m. ET on CBC News Network.

To stream coverage live on CBC Gem, download the CBC Gem app from iTunes or Google Play, or watch it in your web browserSign up for a free membership on CBC Gem to watch the stream live.

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