Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Candice Bergen, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, today issued the following statement on MP James Bezan’s letter to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki regarding Justin Trudeau’s potential violation of the Criminal Code:

“Today, Conservatives have written a letter to the Commissioner of the RCMP to request they re-open the case on Justin Trudeau and begin a criminal investigation immediately.

“Recent documents revealed the RCMP’s own analysis of potential criminality under Section 121(1)(c) of the Criminal Code of Canada. According to the documents, the RCMP concluded that a case had largely been established for an offence of fraud against the government by Justin Trudeau, but they stopped short of pursuing charges against the Prime Minister because of ambiguity surrounding whether or not he could grant himself permission to break the law.

“In a shocking revelation on the floor of the House of Commons yesterday, Justin Trudeau admitted that he never had that permission to receive a $215,000 gift from an applicant engaged in lobbying the government. Yet, the Prime Minister has not been interviewed by the RCMP to answer these questions.

“In light of Justin Trudeau’s astonishing admission, the office of Prime Minister is now under a cloud of suspicion. The very integrity and honesty of Justin Trudeau is now in question. The only path forward is to interview him and members of his staff about his apparent criminal offence.

“Canadians deserve to know that their Prime Minister is not above the law. Conservatives will continue to pursue the answers that they deserve.”

MP Bezan’s letter to Commissioner Lucki can be read here