The leader for Quebec of the Conservative Party of Canada, Pierre Paul-Hus, believes that all the light must be shed on the payment of CERB to civil servants who were not entitled to it.
“It is scandalous to learn that Service Canada employees responsible for distributing the Canada Emergency Response Benefit have received taxpayer-funded benefits,” he said in a statement sent to our Office of Investigation. /p>
According to him, the government must indicate how many employees received the CERB when they were not eligible.
It must also explain how this kind of abuse may have been committed and the mismanagement of the program.
He also criticizes the lack of transparency on this issue.
It took several months for our Office of Investigation to obtain the information despite repeated requests under the Access to Information Act.< /em>
In the first two access requests last May, the federal agency indicated that there were no documents answering our questions about the number of employees and the sanctions in connection with employees who had received the CERB.
Our Bureau of Investigation finally asked to obtain a copy of the emails exchanged regarding the access requests he had made.
Among the dozens of emails was a response sheet filled out by the Director General of Internal Integrity and Security, Luc Tremblay.
In his explanatory note, he gives indications on the steps taken to recover the money and the 44 employees whose employment was terminated.
Ironically, Employment and Social Development Canada continues to maintain that there are no documents allowing to respond to our requests.
On Friday, he sent a third negative response to our requests for statistics on the subject.
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Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128