Charlie Angus, MP
Opposition Member of Parliament
Few politicians have displayed more hypocrisy or grandstanding theatrics in recent years than NDP MP Charlie Angus during the WE Charity controversy. Charlie Angus repeatedly misstated facts, inflated numbers and made wild accusations – all to attack a children’s charity that his own children had volunteered for. He even worked in coordination with journalists, especially Jesse Brown and Natalie Obiko Pearson to destroy the charity in Canada, regularly sending them confidential information and draft parliamentary reports before they were published.
The most egregious display of this hypocrisy was that he fully aligned his attacks with Conservative attack dog, Pierre Poilievre. The supposed ‘man of the people’ from Northern Ontario decided to use his position and platform and Parliamentary Privilege to destroy a successful Canadian charity that supported students and teachers in North America and some of the most disadvantaged women, children and workers in the developing world.
In this spirit, through the help of Natalie Obiko Pearson, Charlie Angus brought Las Vegas television personality Reed Cowan before the Ethics committee to deliver a series of false statements about him raising millions of dollars for WE Charity and false statements that the funds never went to the schools.
But few knew that behind the scenes, Reed Cowan had sent a letter to WE Charity demanding $20 million USD to buy his silence. No Canadian media has ever reported on the threat, despite it being covered by the Washington Post.
Angus also repeatedly demanded WE’s CFO, Victor Li, appear in person to testify before the Ethics committee even though MPs were informed behind closed doors that Li had recently been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. But Charlie Angus was unmoved downplaying Mr. Li’s condition accusing him of lying about “being sick” and accusing the whole organization of having “a sense of entitlement.”