Conservatives Call for Emergency Ethics Committee Meeting to Review Ethics Commissioner’s Ruling on Trudeau’s SNC-Lavalin Corruption Scandal
August 15, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – Conservative members of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics have called for an emergency committee meeting so that parliamentarians can receive a briefing from the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.
Yesterday, the Commissioner released the “Trudeau II Report” which found that “The Prime Minister, directly and through his senior officials, used various means to exert influence over Ms. Wilson Raybould. The authority of the Prime Minister and his office was used to circumvent, undermine and ultimately attempt to discredit the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions as well as the authority of Ms. Wilson Raybould as the Crown’s chief law officer.”
MPs Peter Kent and Jacques Gourde sent a letter to the Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics today requesting an urgent briefing on this important issue. In January 2018, former Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson appeared at the Committee to provide a similar briefing on the “Trudeau Report”. Should the committee agree, Conservatives intend to move the following motion:
That, given the unprecedented nature of the Trudeau II Report, the Committee invite the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner to brief the Committee on his report, and that the Committee invite any further witnesses as required based on the testimony of the Commissioner.
“The Commissioner’s findings are incredibly concerning and show that Justin Trudeau used the power of his office to reward his friends and punish his critics. This is a grave situation. Not only is Mr. Trudeau the first Prime Minister to have been found guilty of breaking the law, he is a repeat offender. Canadians deserve fulsome answers to the many remaining questions,” said MP Kent.
The full letter can be read by clicking here.