Federal Ethics Commissioner says Prime Minister Trudeau Breached Conflict of Interest Act in SNC Lavalin Affair

Canada’s ethics commissioner says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau breached the Conflict of Interest Act during the S-N-C-Lavalin affair.

In a report issued today, Mario Dion says Trudeau used his authority to pressure then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to halt a criminal prosecution of the engineering firm and instead reach a deferred prosecution agreement with the Quebec-based engineering firm.

Dion says that contravenes section 9 of the act, which prohibits public office holders from trying to influence a decision that would improperly further the interests of a third party.

Wilson-Raybould quit Trudeau’s cabinet in February and was subsequently ousted from the Liberal caucus.

Speaking in Regina, Scheer says Canadians are seeing the real Justin Trudeau.

“He promised he would be open and honest. But let’s remember, on the day this story first broke Justin Trudeau denied it completely. He said that the story was false. He then said that he never pressured Jody Wilson-Raybould, we now know that is false.” Scheer said.

Scheer says there is enough evidence here to warrant an RCMP investigation and that Canadians should remember this as we approach a federal election campaign.


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