Singh calls for ethics probe into alleged political direction in SNC-Lavalin case

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling for an ethics investigation into allegations that the Prime Minister's Office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution.

Singh says if the allegations are not true, as Justin Trudeau insists, the prime minister should have nothing to fear from an independent investigation by the federal ethics commissioner.

Singh's call comes in the wake of an explosive report yesterday in The Globe and Mail alleging that Wilson-Raybould was demoted in a cabinet shuffle early last month because she refused to succumb to pressure from prime ministerial aides to intervene in the case of SNC-Lavalin.

The engineering and construction giant based in Quebec has been charged with bribery and corruption in a bid to secure government business in Libya.

The newspaper alleges PMO aides leaned heavily on Wilson-Raybould to persuade the federal director of public prosecutions to negotiate a ``remediation agreement'' with SNC-Lavalin as a way of holding it to account for wrongdoing by some of its executives, rather than pursuing a criminal prosecution that could financially hobble the company.