Trudeau's Ethics Violation Is 'Political Dynamite' - 2019-08-14

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F0.png Trudeau's Ethics Violation Is 'Political Dynamite' August 14, 2019, Michael Harris, The Tyee

The most obvious reason is the finding by federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion that the prime minister and his office violated the Conflict of Interest Act in the SNC-Lavalin scandal. That flies directly in the face of Trudeau's consistent denials of having done anything wrong.

It also vindicates two former Liberal cabinet ministers, Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, who said senior government officials and the prime minister improperly tried to influence the criminal justice process as it dealt with allegations of bribery by the Quebec engineering firm.

Dion found that Trudeau and his top advisors worked to "circumvent," "undermine" and "discredit" a justice department decision to proceed with a criminal corruption and bribery case against SNC-Lavalin, rather than offer a so-called deferred prosecution agreement. Under such an agreement, which the company heavily lobbied for, it would not have faced a criminal prosecution.

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