Federal contracts awarded to McKinsey will be scrutinized by a parliamentary committee

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The federal contracts awarded to McKinsey will be scrutinized in parliamentary committee

Consulting firm McKinsey has obtained tens of millions of dollars in contracts from the Canadian government in recent years.

It is now official: several key ministers of Justin Trudeau's government, as well as representatives of McKinsey, will have to come and explain themselves to the members of the Parliamentary Committee on Government Operations and Estimates about the ;awarding, by Ottawa, of contracts totaling tens of millions of dollars to the American consulting firm.

The motion, tabled on Wednesday by Stephanie Kusie, Conservative MP for Calgary Midnapore, in Alberta, was adopted in less than two hours by the 11 members of the Committee, among which the Liberals are in the minority.

It requests in particular that seven key ministers of the Trudeau government come to testify during least two hours on the awarding of contracts by their respective departments to the firm:

  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland;
  • Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser;
  • Minister of National Defence, Anita Anand;
  • President of the Treasury Board, Mona Fortier;
  • Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Helena Jaczek;
  • Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos;
  • and Minister of Public Security, Marco Mendicino.

At the request of the Bloc Québécois, the parliamentary committee will also summon an important McKinsey executive, whose identity has yet to be determined, as well as the firm's former boss Dominic Barton, who has been appointed Canada's ambassador to China. at the initiative of Justin Trudeau.

Each party will also have to send a list of witnesses they wish to hear, beyond those already named in the motion.

The Bloc also demanded that McKinsey, which employs 30,000 consultants in 130 offices in 65 countries, provide a list of its clients around the world. The American firm, which advises both private and public companies, whose interests may be divergent, does not usually disclose who it does business with.

A Radio-Canada survey first revealed that the Liberals had spent more than $66 million on McKinsey since 2015, 30 times more than the Conservatives during their nine years in office.

< p class="e-p">However, new contracts signed in recent months now bring this total to more than 100 million dollars granted to the American consulting firm since the arrival of the Liberals of Justin Trudeau in power.< /p>

Questioned by journalists on Wednesday, shortly before the start of parliamentary work on this file on Wednesday, the Prime Minister said that he very positively welcomes the work that the government committee will begin today. to ensure that indeed Canadians got [a return on] their investments.

Most of these contracts were selected through open competition, he said. -he mentioned in a scrum, in the wake of his visit to Shawinigan.

He recalled that he had asked two of his ministers – Public Services and Procurement, Helena Jaczek, and Treasury Board President, Mona Fortier – to #x27;assess the circumstances surrounding the awarding of contracts.

“We have very strict rules regarding contracts that would be awarded to different firms to improve services and modernize what the public service can offer Canadians. We will ensure that these rules have been followed.

— Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

National Defense Minister Anita Anand is not among the ministers mandated to review contracts awarded to this consulting firm. The ministry for which she is responsible has, however, often used the services of the multinational based in New York.

Interrogated in a virtual press briefing to find out if she was ready to look into this file to ensure that everything was done properly, Ms. Anand offered an evasive answer.

It's important for me as a minister, as a member of the cabinet, to make sure that all things are operated with integrity. That was the case when I was supply minister and it is also the case as minister of national defence, she said.

With information from The Canadian Press

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