You did it as a service, to help the government, but you were paid up to $43 million to do it. It is written in your contract. When I provide a service, I don't get $40 million or even a quarter of a million dollars. So, we will come back to the word "service" again later.
Whether it is $900 million or $500 million, the fact remains that it could go as high as $900 million. However, those numbers aside, I understand from your testimony that due diligence was not done. Ms. Wernick called you to chat. You did not speak to Mr. Trudeau.
When I put the question to Mr. Morneau, he believed that due diligence had been done, that he had not seen it but that it had been done. I understand that we are in an emergency situation; you are right to say so. We are experiencing a pandemic and responding as best we can. However, do you not find it strange that you were awarded a contract to manage, let's just say, half a billion dollars? Let us stop getting bogged down in details. Really, it is only $400 million more.
You have a contract to manage half a billion dollars for which you are paid $43 million by individuals with whom you have ties, and with no due diligence, gentlemen. I am not taking anything away from the quality of the work you have been able to do in terms of volunteerism. You may have fulfilled an extraordinary mission. You may both be the next Mother Teresa for all I know.
However, I am checking to see what our government is doing with our money. I see a situation that seems extremely strange to me. I have never seen anything like it. So I ask you, who are in this business, how often are you asked to manage half a billion dollars and are paid $43 million. How often do you do it quickly, working on the back of an envelope, and with no due diligence?