The RCMP says it is reviewing the information of the SNC-Lavalin affair “carefully” within the wake of a new damning report from the ethics commissioner that discovered Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Battle of Curiosity Act, following renewed calls from the Opposition to analyze.
In his Wednesday report, Battle of Curiosity and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion discovered that Trudeau contravened Part 9 of the Battle of Curiosity Act by way of a collection of “flagrant attempts to influence” then-attorney basic Jody Wilson‑Raybould to achieve an settlement with the Montreal-based engineering agency SNC-Lavalin to keep away from legal prosecution.
That part of the act prohibits any official accountable for excessive degree 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.”
“The RCMP is examining this matter carefully with all available information and will take appropriate actions as required,” spokesperson Chantal Payette stated in a press release to CBC Information on Wednesday.
“It would be inappropriate for us to provide anymore comments on this matter at this time.”
Conservative Chief Andrew Scheer had beforehand written to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki asking the nationwide police power to analyze any potential criminality on the a part of the prime minister — a name he renewed on Wednesday.
“I certainly believe that there is enough evidence here to warrant an RCMP investigation,” Scheer instructed reporters.
“He has stated so many falsehoods that no one can believe anything he says. Now, Trudeau may never face a court of law for his role in the scandal, but he will have to face the Canadian people over the next few weeks.”
Dion himself suggests there’s not sufficient proof to counsel an obstruction of justice.
“The fact that Ms. Wilson-Raybould was not directed to intervene likely prevented the occurrence of actual political interference in the matter but does little to assist Mr. Trudeau,” he wrote.
On Wednesday afternoon, Trudeau stated he accepts the report and takes full duty for all that transpired, however he disagrees with a few of Dion’s findings.