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

MPs studying a controversial contract between the government and the WE Charity organization heard this week from WE co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger and from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Here is how to catch up on the proceedings.

WE co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger testified Tuesday; Justin Trudeau appeared Thursday

Co-founders Craig, left, and Marc Kielburger introduce Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau as they appear at the WE Day celebrations in November, 2015. MPs are looking into the ties between the Trudeaus and WE in hearings this week. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

MPs studying a controversial contract between the government and the WE Charity organization heard 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, appeared Thursday — Trudeau for 90 minutes, Telford for about two hours.

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.

Here is how to rewatch the proceedings. 

Tuesday

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:

Thursday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared before MPs on the Commons finance committee July 30 to discuss WE Charity's involvement in the student volunteer grant program. 1:29:23

Who appeared:

  • 3 to 4:40 p.m. ET: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  • 4:35 to 6:35 p.m. ET: Katie Telford, chief of staff to the prime minister

How to catch up:

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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