PM says he takes full responsibility in SNC-Lavalin affair, but won't apologize

Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he takes full responsibility for the findings of the ethics commissioner in the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Mario Dion has found Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring then-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to halt the criminal proceedings against the engineering giant.

Trudeau says he accepts the findings, although he disagrees with some of Dion's conclusions, including any suggestion that he shouldn't have had any contact with his attorney general on the matter.

He says he recognizes that what his government did over the last year wasn't good enough -- but says he can't apologize for standing up for Canadian jobs.

But Dion concluded Trudeau improperly pushed Wilson-Raybould to consider partisan political interests in the matter, finding that the prime minister and his staff ``viewed the matter chiefly through a political lens to manage a legal issue.''

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says there is now enough evidence to warrant an investigation by the RCMP.

But he is not repeating earlier calls for Trudeau to resign -- saying Canadians will get their say on the matter in the October federal election.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says it's outrageous that a prime minister of Canada was working to benefit his own self-interest in trying to get re-elected.