(Ottawa) The Conservative Party, the Bloc Québécois and the New Democratic Party want to know what the tens of millions of dollars paid by the Liberal government to the consulting firm McKinsey were used for. They are calling for an investigation by a parliamentary committee, but are refraining for the moment from going so far as to request an independent public inquiry.
The McKinsey firm again made headlines last week when The Canadian Press and Radio-Canada revealed that Justin Trudeau’s government has used the services of this consulting firm on numerous occasions.
The sum amounts to 84 million, according to a document produced by the government in response to an order paper question from the Conservative MP for British Columbia, Tako Van Popta. The Departments of National Defense and Immigration are the ones that have made frequent use of it. Some of these contracts would have been awarded without a call for tenders.
The three main opposition parties want to force the government to reveal all contracts and documentation related to McKinsey to the Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates.
The sums that have been paid out constitute a “waste” of public funds, according to Mr. Poilievre, as the Liberals have multiplied deficits since taking office. “A multinational which is the subject of a criminal investigation in France and which had to pay penalties for its role in the opioid crisis which killed many people in North America”, he underlined.
New Democrat MP Matthew Greene, however, recalled that the Conservatives had themselves given 2.2 million contracts to the firm under Stephen Harper’s government. “And we’ve already starred in this movie,” he noted in a written statement. Billionaires, not you, benefit when the Conservatives are in power, then other billionaires, not you, benefit when the Liberals are in power. That’s enough. »
“Whether we use subcontracting to supplement the expertise of a state apparatus or a public apparatus, I understand, recognized the leader of the Bloc, Yves-François Blanchet. But whether we replace expertise, whether we substitute ourselves for expertise or even potentially set aside the expertise of a public service to dictate rules and practices, is debatable. »
In addition to the issues of costs, awarding contracts and transparency, the use of McKinsey also raises the issue of increasing immigration thresholds. He is concerned about the links between the pressure group Century Initiative, which advocates public policies to increase the Canadian population to 100 million people by 2100, and the consultancy. Its co-founder is Dominic Barton, who was McKinsey’s big boss until 2018. A year later, he was named Canada’s ambassador to China.
With The Canadian Press