Ethics committee to determine whether or not to dig deeper into SNC-Lavalin report


OTTAWA — A handful of MPs will likely be again on Parliament Hill on Wednesday to determine whether or not to dig extra deeply into the federal ethics watchdog’s scathing report on how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dealt with the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Conservatives and New Democrats pushed for the emergency assembly of the Home of Commons ethics committee, the place MPs will debate whether or not to ask ethics commissioner Mario Dion to testify.

They might additionally attempt to name Trudeau, who was discovered to have violated the Battle of Curiosity Act by improperly pressuring former lawyer basic Jody Wilson-Raybould to halt felony proceedings towards the Montreal engineering big.

The Liberals maintain a majority on the committee, nonetheless, and are unlikely to assist the opposition’s effort to maintain the SNC-Lavalin controversy within the headlines as MPs gear up for the Oct. 21 election.

Trudeau, who has defended himself by insisting he was performing in the perfect pursuits of Canadians, claimed that he’s not listening to a lot about SNC-Lavalin at his meet-and-greet occasions.

“Voters communicate to me about jobs,” Trudeau mentioned Tuesday in Trois-Rivieres, Que. “Sure, folks have issues, however principally, they communicate of the work that we’re engaging in collectively.”

Conservative Chief Andrew Scheer, who final week urged the six Liberal MPs on the committee “to do what’s proper,” repeated his name for the RCMP to analyze the matter.

“What I’m seeking to get out of that is the reality,” Scheer mentioned throughout a pre-campaign occasion in Toronto.

“We’re seeking to get the reality for Canadians, to allow them to perceive the lengths that Justin Trudeau went to get a particular deal for SNC-Lavalin.”