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PM says McLellan report on AG role won’t be released until SNC ethics probe released

The Liberal-ordered report trying into whether or not Canada must rethink the twin function of justice minister and lawyer common within the federal cupboard might be made public when the ethics watchdog releases his personal report into the SNC-Lavalin affair, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Earlier this 12 months, he requested former Liberal cupboard minister and deputy prime minister Anne McLellan to look into whether or not the cupboard roles of justice minister and lawyer common — that are occupied by the identical particular person in Canada — needs to be reformed within the wake of allegations of political interference.

Jody Wilson-Raybould, the previous justice minister and lawyer common of Canada, stated she felt she was improperly pressured by 11 officers within the Prime Minister’s Workplace to permit engineering firm SNC-Lavalin of Quebec keep away from bribery and corruption costs offering it met quite a few circumstances in a possible remediation settlement.

“We recognize how important it is to look at the various roles between the minister of justice and the attorney general,” stated Trudeau, throughout a information convention in Toronto on Tuesday. “That’s why we were very pleased to have a great report written by Anne McLellan. We have provided that report to the ethics commissioner to allow the ethics commissioner to finish his own investigation.”

“We will be releasing the report at the same time as the ethics commissioner makes his report public.”

His feedback observe a launch from the Conservatives calling for the report back to be made public.

“McLellan’s report was due by the end of June and even though she wasn’t mandated to report on the culture of corruption endemic to the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau has still not released her recommendations,” wrote deputy chief Lisa Raitt, in a press release.  

“Canada’s Conservatives will hold him to account on behalf of Canadians in the weeks ahead.” 

It is not clear when Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s report might be made public. He has been investigating claims that the Prime Minister’s Workplace tried to affect Wilson-Raybould on the SNC-Lavalin file.

“Accordingly, we cannot provide you with any information other than what has been made public,” stated an ethics commissioner spokesperson, Jocelyne Brisebois, in an e mail to CBC Information on Tuesday.

‘Working exhausting’

“We conduct our investigations thoroughly and with a high degree of diligence, and make public our reports as quickly as possible.”

Dion is investigating whether or not Trudeau contravened Part 9 of the Battle of Curiosity Act. That part prohibits any official accountable for excessive stage decision-making in authorities from in search of to affect the choice of one other particular person to “improperly further another person’s private interests.”

In May, Dion informed a parliamentary committee that his workplace is “working hard to produce a report within the coming months.”

In March, he quickly stepped other than his duties for well being causes, however has since returned to the job.

Earlier than her appointment as particular adviser, McLellan, who held the put up of justice minister and lawyer common from 1997 to 2002 underneath then-prime minister Jean Chrétien, had beforehand voiced that she backs the concept of taking a look at splitting the present function. She additionally argued that when she served within the put up, its twin nature made for higher coverage.


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