The federal election is just over two months away and today the Liberals received some bad news. In a report that was released on Wednesday morning, The federal Ethics commissioner says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau contravened a section of the Conflict of Interest Act in the SNC-Lavalin Affair. Mario Dion says Trudeau used his position of authority to try to influence then-Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould's decision on the criminal prosecution of the engineering giant. The issue was whether she should overrule a decision by the direction of public prosecutions to not invite SNC-Lavalin to enter negotiations towards a remediation agreement.
Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer spoke out earlier today about the Ethics commissioner's ruling on PM Justin Trudeau breaking the law, calling it “unforgivable". Scheer further went on to say that the RCMP should launch an obstruction of justice investigation.
Trudeau had earlier expressed confidence that Dion would find he and his staff did nothing wrong. He now says he takes full responsibility for what transpired but does not agree with the Ethics commissioner's ruling.
Bridge City News reached out to Lethbridge Liberal candidate Amy Bronson for reaction to the ethics commissioner ruling today but she was unavailable for comment. Lethbridge NDP candidate Shandi Bleiken did respond via email today and she says “Today's announcement has made it clear that Justin Trudeau is more interested in his wealthy friends than the best interests of everyday Canadians."