Thanks very much, Mr. Chair.
Hopefully, this won't be controversial. I would like to move:
That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(1)(a), the Committee order that any contracts concluded with WE Charity and Me to We, all briefing notes, memos and emails from senior officials prepared for or sent to any Minister regarding the design and creation of the Canada Student Service Grant, as well as any written correspondence and records of other correspondence with WE Charity and Me to We from March 2020 be provided to the Committee no later than August 8, 2020; that matters of Cabinet confidence and national security be excluded from the request; and that any redactions necessary, including to protect the privacy of Canadian citizens and permanent residents whose names and personal information may be included in the documents, as well as public servants who have been providing assistance on this matter, be made by the Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel of the House of Commons.
Just briefly, Mr. Chair, as The Globe and Mail outlined this morning, a lot of questions are being asked around this. As the finance committee, we were charged back in March, you'll recall, to do the stewardship around all spending programs related to COVID-19, including this one. Our responsibility as the finance committee is to ask these questions and to get answers on behalf of Canadians.
We need to know whether or not this decision went to cabinet and why there was a reduction in the number of positions for Canada summer jobs—it's certainly something that has had an impact on ridings across the country— and why this organization was put forward instead of our civil service. I understand that the government is potentially moving this program back to the civil service. On the sole sourcing of it, what was the process? How was the organization informed?
All of these are questions that people are asking. As the stewards of the public trust around all the spending related to COVID-19, I'd like to move this motion so that we can get those answers for Canadians and, hopefully, we'll have consensus on the committee.